Article written by Tola Albert- Nwaba; excerpts from 101 Reasons to Succeed at Interviews, 2015


CV is an abbreviation of curriculum vitae, which is Latin for 'course of life'. A CV or resume is essentially a document that charts the course of your life; more specifically, your work life – for the purpose of gaining employment.
Many people agonize over writing a resume. It is challenging to write an effective, creative resume that gets results.
Writing an effective resume takes time, practice, and patience. It is a document that says so much about you, professionally, so it is very important that you get it right the first time. Most prospective employers decide
within 10 seconds, and a few lines whether or not they want to interview you.

The following essential tips will help you to create an award winning resume that will do the talking for you, even before an employer meets you.

GET TO THE POINT: It is a smart idea to quickly capture an employer's attention with easily digestible information. Consider starting your resume with a specific, highly condensed summary of your professional background, skills and attributes. A summary also gives your resume focus.

DON'T SKIP THE SMALL STUFF: Make sure your resume includes your name, mailing address, phone
number and email address. If possible, include your name and phone number and/or email
address on every page. An employer can still contact you just in case your cover letter gets
separated from your resume.

RESUME SHOULD BE IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER: This simply means your recent activities
should come first with every heading.

PERSONAL DETAILS: Keep your personal and professional life separate in order to be taken seriously.

USE POSITIVE ACTION WORDS: Avoid the use of personal pronouns such as “I” and “me”, and steer clear of
abbreviations, and acronyms. Use language that sizzles. Use words like developed, initiated,
implemented, organised, co-ordinated, and others that suggest positive action.

EDIT AND PROOFREAD CAREFULLY: Engage a professional resume writer to work with you to present an airtight marketing tool. You need to project yourself as a careful, conscientious, and serious minded potential employee.



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    Tola Albert-Nwaba is a seasoned HR Practitioner with a passion for Talent Management, People Management and HR Information Systems.


    March 2015
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