Resume Writing Tips

‘Play To YOUR Strengths’ Create A Job Interview Magnet Of A CV

Understanding your own strengths and leveraging them is key to building a great CV / Resume


In terms of reading CV’s and Resumes I really have seen the Good the Bad and the downright Ugly!

The purpose of CV / Resume writing tips and the following pages is to provide you a Free Resume / CV Writing Guide.

Using my experience of what I know works to help you avoid the mistakes that can prevent even the most qualified and capable of person from getting the interview.

Define Resume / Define Curriculum Vitae

Before we get into the detail of building your CV or Resume, it is worth taking a moment to explain the differences between a Curriculum Vitae and a Resume.

It’s my personal view that for job hunting, a CV and Resume have become interchangeable, and I don’t want to get bogged down in the detail.
I simply want you to have a Resume / CV that best describes your ability to fill a defined role, so well it compels the reader to offer you an interview!

Just for the record – to define Curriculum Vitae – Curriculum vitae is Latin meaning “course of life”, and thankfully is mostly shortened to CV.

Resume is French for Summary, and if you where to ask the difference, a CV would provide more detail and would be slightly longer than a resume.

However whatever you chose to call the document its purpose is to compel the reader to grant you an interview.

Lets emphasise this point your CV / resume MUST win you interviews!

Its a flat out sales document, that when used correctly will honestly give the reader no choice but to interview you.

Remember Preparation is the Key…

This page breaks CV / resume creation into a step by step process with links within each step to pages offering further detail and advice.

If times against you and you want to skip the tutorial go here for a fast resume.

Resume Writing Tips Step 1 – Know What You Want To Do?

Best Job For me?
Understanding your personal unique mix of natural talents and motivations and then using them in your work is considered by experts to be the secret to a happy and fulfilled life…

skip to step 2 if you do.


Resume Writing Tips Step 2 – Get Organised

Let’s get Organised and Prepare Our CV / Resume
One of the best resume writing tips, is to get organised, your CV / resume will be used throughout your career, so keep it handy and ready for updating and fine tuning when required.

Not only this but understand what information you should be collecting and using in your personal marketing.


Resume Writing Tips Step 3 – Interpreting A Job Spec

Interpreting a job advert or job description
If you are replying to a job Advert or Job description  before sending your resume you need to read this.

Firstly ask yourself what do employers want – really want
The above link takes you to our sister site where we identify what employers want from potential employees. Before writing your CV / resume or any other marketing material, it must help you to know what employers are looking for when hiring.

Imagine your success if you know what your reader wants AND how to give it to them…

Know Yourself and add your unique PERSONALITY
Another great resume writing tip, a free MAPP self assessment test uncovers fantastic, insightful, and powerful information to include in your resume / CV, will also stand you in good stead at interview…

Play to your unique strengths… this is where the magic happens, a little self discovery turns a CV from being all template and hype into a document you can be proud of!

This works because it boosts your confidence, it brings your CV / Resume to life by using honest and authentic language to describe yourself.

So much more powerful than the usual cookie cutter phrases that everyone roles out…

Resume Writing Tips Step 4 – Pick The Right CV / Resume Format

Best CV / Resume Format
Advice on basic  resume layout from font size to whether to use a chronological or functional or combo style resume.

Using the right template or layout can help people with gaps in employment and other potential disadvantages by focusing the document on your strengths.

Gaps in employment history show like a sore thumb with a chronological structure, but can be disguised using a functional layout.

Free CV / Resume Templates…
Free templates available for download in both Microsoft Word and Pdf formats. Include tips and prompts to help you re-write these CV resume examples and includes blank resume forms for those preferring to start from scratch.

Also includes a link to a great free compatible word processor for those that don’t have Microsoft word…

Blank Resume Form (FREE)
Blank resume forms pick a layout you like, fill in your details, sit back and relax…

Seriously, there’s a little more to it than that but the CV / resume forms also come with free instruction on how to fill them out to ‘attract’ interviews like a ________ attracts ______ (fill in as suits you).


Video resume / Video CV
What is a video resume / CV and how can it help you stand out from the crowd?

Resume Writing Tips Step 5 – Start Writing

How to SELL Yourself Through Writing…
Shows how to use copy writing techniques that turn your document into a punchy compelling interview grabbing magnate.

This is about being honest and authentic, combined with leveraging proven marketing strategy.

How to write an unforgettable CV / Resume Objective Statement
If you are targeting a specific role using an objective statement is the most powerful option, highlighted because this is the most important part…

Objective Statement Examples
Want to win more job interviews? Follow these tips tip on writing killer CV / resume objective statements

Alternatively a powerfully compelling Resume Summary Statement
The resume summary statement offers more flexibility than an objective, decide which is best for you…

Power Words
When writing  simply  sprinkle  resume Verbs / Resume Power Words into your document, and watch the magic occur…

Huge list sure to help overcome any case of resume writing block.

High impact Phrases… 
learn how to combine power verbs into your resume writing to create powerful compelling phrases.

Another great list of bulleted phrases or sentances to help fire your writers imagination.

Cover Letter
And don’t forget about your Resume / CV Cover Letter  – a Cover Letter in many situations can be even more powerful than your CV / Resume.

Less formal it really offers you scope to be creative and distance yourself from the pack.

DO NOT OVERLOOK LINKEDIN – Sorry for shouting but LinkedIn is the most powerful tool for job seekers and those looking to get headhunted.

Linkedin Resume Builder
Is the free and undoubtedly super fast LinkedIn resume builder the best way to build your CV / resume?

Let me show you LinkedIn How To Get Headhunted

If you’ve followed the advice above you now have a great CV / resume or a number of them. We’ve also just mentioned LinkedIn and with that opened the door to discuss other business / social networking sites where you can post your career details.

The ONE thing to remember here is to be consistent with your marketing messages. Don’t allow LinkedIn to contradict what it says on your CV / Resume or anywhere else for that matter.

Also be aware that more companies are checking social media profiles before signing off on posting your offer…

So let what happens in Vegas stay in Vegas… be very careful your not tagged in photos that potential employers may not see the funny side of!


Final Thoughts

How to Prepare a Resume to Work Abroad
Thinking of working Abroad, a CV / Resume must be a vastly different document for some countries and cultures.

Best FREE Resume Writing Software
Free word processing application Verses Resume writing applications which is best?

Guerrilla Resume WILL win you more Job Interviews
This is in my opinion the most advanced CV / Resume writing training. To back up their claims the creators offer a double your money back offer if you don’t get a job offer in 90 days!

Amazing Resume Creator Review Guerrilla Resume Review PongoResume Review
This is a shoot out between three big selling CV / Resume products currently available. I much prefer people to invest some sweat and tears to develop their own documents, but like they say time is money…


Our thoughts now turn to turning job interviews into job offers…




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