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Keep it short
- For fresh grads and anyone with less than 5 years of experience, keep your CV within 1 page.
- For experienced job seekers with over 10 years of experience, keep your CV within 3 pages.
Customize for every job
- Every time you apply to a job, customize your CV to highlight experience and skills that match the job requirements.
- Make sure your CV prioritizes prior job duties to match the job description of the job you are applying to.
Check and recheck
- Ask someone more experienced and diligent than yourself to proofread your CV.
- Carefully check for spelling and grammatical mistakes.
- Use Spellcheck!
- Do not embellish any detail in your CV, especially your duties, achievements or salary
- Don’t alter the dates of your employment or education
- Expect HR of prospective employers to do reference checks
5 sections you must include
1 – Contact information
- Full Name – Use the largest font
- Personal email – do not use unprofessional email addresses e.g. drunkskunk@ or hellokitty@
2 – Career Summary
- Use 2-3 sentences to sum up your past experiences and where you are heading.
- Highlight skills, experience and achievements relevant to the job you are applying.
- For fresh grads, include your degree and GPA
- For experienced job seekers, include your achievements
3 – Work Experience
- List all your jobs (start with most recent in reverse order)
- Length of space for each job should reflect the length of time you worked there (longest job should include job duties than shortest job)
- Include “Reason for leaving” for each job. Gaps in time is fine as long as you can explain them.
- For each job, include the following:
- Job duties and achievements
- Prioritize points relevant to the job you are applying
- Use action verbs (e.g. “Managed a FOH team of 10”; “Achieved annual turnover of $1 million”)
4 – Education
- Fresh grads may place Education section before Work Experience
- List all your education including universities, colleges, vocational training schools (most recent first).
- For each school, include program/certification name, school name, location, date of completion/graduation
5 – Others
- Computer Skills
- Language Skills (include level of fluency e.g. Fluent English, Native Mandarin, Conversational Spanish)
- Memberships in any professional associations (e.g. Member of the SKAL)
- Ability to operate special machinery/equipment (e.g. Point of Sale terminals; driver’s license)
- Volunteer positions, only include current involvement and organizations widely recognizable
- Sports – participation in sports is often an indication of personality traits such as team player, discipline, competitiveness and perseverance
- Other skills and information that will help you get an interview