The importance of a good resume

a curriculum vitae (CV) is usually your first introduction to a potential employer and make a first and lasting impression.

Your CV’s main objective is to ensure an interview you for that dream job. Employees often receive hundreds of applications for a job and get through a host resumes work. Most employees do not have the time or resources to read through all the CVs when they are in the first phase, where there are not drawn up a shortlist of possible candidates. Employees will after reading the first paragraph of your resume, have formed a picture in their minds of who you are, your skills and what you can contribute to the company.

Your resume should be tailored around the type of job for which you are applying and must be amended for the specific job for which you are applying. If you know what an employer is looking you can emphasize certain personal aspects and make sure your resume stands out among the multitude that were received.

According to research spending employers on average between 10 to 15 seconds to decide whether a central bin go or be added to the shortlist. Employers receive an average of between 100 and 300 resumes per position advertised and then some 20 to 30 CVs being placed on a short list and an average of between four and 12 people are invited for an interview.

A very important aspect of a resume is a cover letter. According About Careers should complement a covering letter and your CV not duplicate. A covering letter should explain why you give the specific company to work and an overview of your skills and qualifications that are relevant to the position for which you are applying.

LinkedIn is now described as the CV of the 21st century. LinkedIn is a social network where people publish their CV and give information about their professional life. LinkedIn is often used by placement agencies and employers to find potential employees. It can also be beneficial when your potential employee get your name Google as LinkedIn believes preference when it comes to Google search results.

LinkedIn uses different groups of people of the same profession. This means people can keep abreast of the latest news and events in the specific industry. You can also use LinkedIn to look for work. It has become too routine for most employers to use social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to get background information on applicants. For job seekers, it is very important to maintain a professional profile on social media as it can determine whether an employer finally to you or another candidate decision. Social media platforms are also increasingly being used to look for work. One among others using blog sites and to advertise themselves as potential employees.

PNET, one of the largest job search platforms in the country, believes it is important to take the following steps to make sure your resume make the short list:

The first CV to be sent to the employee, only a page long
Put all the necessary information to the upper side of the page
Make sure your resume is clear and easy to read
List your work experience clearly
Remove excess information and stay with what is important
If you do not get feedback when you apply for work, make sure of the following:

Spelling errors and grammar
That your resume is tailored to do the specific job for which you are applying
That your resume is not too long
That you do not apply for the wrong positions in terms of your qualifications
That you meet the requirements for the position
The following sections must be included in your resume:

Personal information such as your name, address, age and contact details
Work experience
Education
qualifications
References
Sources:

PNET – http://www.pnet.co.za/blog/?cat=160

Jobmail – http://www.jobmail.co.za/blog/traditional-cv-enough-2/

About Careers – http://jobsearch.about.com/od/coverletters/a/aa030401a.htm

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