Curriculum Vitae or resume reflects your identity as a person, mainly including your educational background and experiences. During our one-day training on being a call center agent, the lecturer (a call center agent himself) emphasized more on a one-page resume with concise description of yourself including your educational attainment, work experiences and character references. You can divide a short-sized coupon bond (8 x 11 inches) into three parts. One third at the left side will be your bio-data, including your photo profile (usually passport size of 1 x 1.5 inches), The remaining two thirds will be your goal, educational attainment, trainings, work experiences and character references.
A 'resume' of more than one page (certainly if more than two) heads straight for the round file.
I don't agree with that, unless you're very new to the workforce and don't have much history to share.
There isn't enough space on a one-pager to do more than list your jobs, with no opportunity to highlight your achievements. Two pages is fine, three pages is the max.
Employers don't hire paper.
If you want a job you have to get yourself in front of them. If you think that a piece of paper can do that... more power to you!
Generally I find about 2 A4 pages to be the right amount, you should be able to get across most of your qualifications and experience with out making it too long winded
MikeNV, that piece of paper is the key to getting in front of employers. If you think you can get time with employers without that piece of paper, more power to you.
The going number of pages is 1-2 pages. Have you ever had to screen the paper that comes in with a job posting? After the first 20 you start to glaze over. You skim and scan quickly. If you're a seasoned, specialized professional looking for work that pays fairly well, I would say two pages. For entry-level or routine jobs, one page.
When people scan your resume, they may spend no more than ten seconds so you need to get their attention quickly. They have a natural tendency to sort and classify. They want to know what you did when, so they will naturally gravitate to your work history and chronology. If I don't find it on the first page, I'll automatically flip to the second. If I have to work any harder than that, I'll lose interest. The natural tendency is to see if you already have done this kind of work.
So 1-2 pages, reader-friendly, well formatted type for a busy reader will suffice.
If you are fairly new to the workforce, you may be able to fit your resume on to one page. If you have worked longer, fill up two pages.
Do not include your references on your resume. They take up space and you do not send them via email or snail mail unless they are requested.
CVs are valuable for jobs in educational institutions. But in the corporate world, shorter versions are mandatory.
And do not start with an objective. Use a profile or summary so you tell the reader what THEY get, not what YOU want.
You can include your objective in your cover letter or email.
How do I know these tips will work? From 16 years advising downsized executives successfully who were looking for new jobs.
It's a joint effort these days. A resume by itself won't cut it. However,
- One-page resume that hits the hot buttons. Use jargon common to the industry. Keep wording tight and concise. Focus on what you've done to generate profits while cutting costs. A one-page resume is like a hub. Use keywords in strategic places. Yes, it is a science anymore. But it's also global competition.
Couple the one-page resume with other means of communicating such as,
- Video. A short video presentation of yourself enclosed with the resume is a plus. Use the smaller sized disks. Keep the video professional. If necessary study diction, posture, and overall camera "presence."
- Network. Try to use people already in the company to your advantage. Use them as references if possible.
- Study. Learn about the company and what its long-term mission is. Then fit yourself into that mold. What can you contribute to their 10-year strategy? Every decent company has an annual report and it should be online.
There's more like don't skimp on resume paper quality or business cards. But these ideas might help.
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You need both and you need an electric version for copying to the Internet. Also, check out the JIST card for networking with associates - be prepared to have your intro and what you really want to do - they will ask. Be specific - people love helping especially if it is asked politely and with the facts so that they can help.
If going through a recruiting agency - you must have bullet points of accomplishment - showcase your value in dollars or time savings value that you personally added to the organization.
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