Business Quick-Tips

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Creating a Professional Resume

In a cut-throat employment market, having a stand-out resume, or more appropriately, curriculum vitae (CV), can be the defining factor in getting that dream job. Most of us have a basic idea as to what information we should include in our CV. However, these simple steps will help you blend the key ingredients that impress employers and win places on their interview shortlist.

Firstly, the presentation of your CV is crucial. It has to be easy for the reader to scan quickly and effectively, so make sure you choose a traditional font, spell-check the content, insert clear section headings and don’t make use of colors or italics. Use bullet-points rather than making long paragraphs to make your CV concise and uncluttered and try to keep it to no more than two sides of A4 paper.

Secondly, make sure that your CV is targeted specifically at the job you are applying for rather than using a “one size fits all” generic CV. You should bring out skills and experience relevant to the job and tailor your CV to the specific requirements of the role.

Thirdly, be specific. Recruiters aren’t impressed by general “CV jargon” and so your skills and achievements should be specific and backed with concrete evidence. Give examples of real-life achievements such as work successes and awards in order to be convincing and to sell you well to employers.

Fourthly, ensure that all relevant information appears on your CV. This should generally include personal details, education and qualifications, work experience, interests, achievements and relevant skills. Be mindful though that a CV should be an appetizer to employers and should not include every last piece of information about you.

Finally, get a second opinion. Many career coaches or recruitment professionals will look over your CV for you to ensure the presentation is correct and that it contains the right level of detail. Your professional CV should be a document that is inviting to read and so it is worth spending time looking over it.


  1. Jon,
    I found an article you wrote on My son and I are starting a new website for entrepreneurs and we are looking for freelance writers. The topics we are along the lines of small business, entrepreneurs, startups, young entrepreneurs, etc.
    We are located in Southern California with Camp Pendelton just to the south so you military background would be a good fit.

    If you would be interested in talking please let me know.

    Thank you for your time and your service.

    God Bless,

    Paul Mitchell

  2. Hey Paul!

    Thanks so much for your offer to be involved with your website. Under normal circumstances, I would be more than happy to participate, but since I am deployed right now, I am not able to make any additional commitments. However, I may be interested in contributing in the future, and I wouldn't mind trading links.

    Thanks for your inquiry -