What your resume needs to contain
If you’re looking to enter the workforce, you need to know how to write an entry level CV.
Check out our tips to perfect your pitch and sell yourself to your potential new employers.
Think about the celebrity gossip magazines that line the checkout of a supermarket – why can’t people keep their hands off them? It’s all in the wording. By omitting the tackiness, you can do the same with your entry level CV.
Capturing with a headline and following through with strong, short summaries is key to holding a reader’s interest. Make sure you structure your resume with your important information at the top, and maintain a careful use of keyword repetition (aka, your professional skills).
Just as important is to maintain an appropriate choice in font and font size. You may not have all that much to put on your CV, but don’t amp up your font size or go crazy with the spacing to make up for it. It won’t work in your favour.
Perfect your performance summary
Replace your career objective with a ‘performance summary’. As important as what you want is, it’s in your best interest to advertise the qualities you have, to the position available. Succinctly expand upon any work experience you have undertaken that relates to the qualities listed on the particular job you are applying for.
By addressing the particularities of a job, you will be showing a potential employer that you want this job, not just a job. Be mindful not to structure yourself in a copy-and-paste style format to that of the advertised position, unless you embody and can expand specifically on all points – you’ll get caught and tossed aside
Expand upon your education
If you’re fresh from your studies, then chances are you have the theoretical knowledge behind the job – so get specific. If you’re applying for a business sales role, let your potential employer know you have studied market profiling, client relationship building, and the strategies to promote products and services.
You know what you’re talking about – now prove it. If you’re opting for a more creative role, then dust off your portfolio and show what you’re made of.
Overall, write strategically. Remember, whoever is reading your CV will likely be busy, and will be scanning for any key points they need from an employee. Double check your grammar, spelling and formatting, and maintain a precise attention to detail.