Monday, July 7, 2014

Resume writing

In my freelance editing, from time to time I edit CVs, resumes, and other professional documents. Here are some tips.

It’s not all about your grade average. You need to showcase all your strengths and abilities.

Keep it to under two pages. One page might not be enough to do it properly, but more than two probably won’t be read.

Link your accomplishments to your experience. Let them see what you did.

Don’t just write a resume and send it to everyone. Target your resume and your experience to each job you’re applying for.

Be aware potential employers are likely to check your Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, etc. Make sure employment dates and so on all match. Also consider taking down those pictures of you at a party drunk and half naked.

Employers value integrity and honesty. Don’t add in white lies (or big lies either) as they may well come back to bite you.

Ensure there are no typos and spelling errors. An employer will think if you can’t even get your CV correct you won’t care enough to do his job properly either.

Helen Woodall

Helen is available to line edit and/ or content edit fiction and non-fiction. Rates on application.

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