Put Together an Effective Resume
CVs Versus Resumes -- Know the Difference!When you uncover a job opportunity that aligns with your skills, you will need to put together a resume to include with your application--and a resume is NOT a CV!
Many academic positions require a CV from candidates--but for almost every other job, especially industrial jobs, you will be writing a resume.
What Should The Resume Do?
The purpose of a resume is not to get you a job--it is to get you an interview. You have the top half of the first page to get the hiring staff's attention, so you need connect the dots as clearly and concisely as possible between your own skills and those described in the job description.
You should also be prepared to write a separate resume for each job you apply for.
Although it takes time and work, a well-thought-out CV is worth your effort.
What Makes a Resume Effective?
An effective resume draws specific attention to your skills, rather than titles or degree information. Therefore a skills based resume is the best format for communicating relevant information to an employer.
For a 5-minute tutorial on turning a standard CV into a Skills-Based Resume, click on the link below.
Crafting an Effective Resume (YouTube)
- comprehensive - they include most professional relevant details of your life
- general - they do not specifically emphasize a particular area of experience or expertise
- lengthy - a CV can be several pages long
- limited - they describe a limited subset of your expertise
- focused - they include skills and experiences that are relevant to a specific job description
- short - ideally a resume is one page long (two pages maximum)