Your CV or Resume In English
When you apply for a job, employers ask for two important documents:
This month we look at your CV. Next month we will look at your covering letter.
Why you need a good CV
Your CV is a summary of your professional and academic life. It usually concentrates on your personal details, education and work experience.
Your CV's job is very simple: to get you a job interview. To do this, your CV must be:
You should include everything that is relevant to your employment or career and nothing that is irrelevant. There are usually 5 general headings of information to include:
Sometimes, you may need to give additional information for a particular job or because you have special qualifications.
In the English-speaking world your CV should be word-processed, for several reasons:
It is usually best to limit your CV to a maximum of 2 pages. You can usually put everything you need on 1 or 2 pages.
DO NOT USE ALL CAPITALS LIKE THIS!!! CAPITALS ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO READ AND CAN BE CONSIDERED IMPOLITE IN THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING WORLD.
There are basically 2 standard paper sizes, depending on your part of the world:
Your language should be simple and clear.
Use short words and short sentences.
Do not use technical vocabulary (unless you are sure that the reader will understand it).
Talk about concrete facts ("I increased sales by 50%"), not abstract ideas ("I was responsible for a considerable improvement in our market position").
Use verbs in the active voice, not passive voice. Which of these two sentences do you think is the more powerful?
Use "power words". The most powerful words are verbs. And the most powerful verbs are action verbs. (Action verbs describe dynamic activity, not state).
Here, for example, are some typical power words for Management and Sales skills:
So you should use lots of action verbs matched to your skills, and use them in the active form, not the passive form.
This article is condensed from Resumes, CVs and Covering Letters in English.