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Your CV/resume has one mission and one mission only: to get you a job
interview. Your CV is usually the first impression an employer has of
you. And as 'you never get a second chance to make a first impression',
you'd better get it right first time.
tip 1: Use design that demands attention. Employers don't have
time to read through each of your job descriptions to know if you have
the skills they need. The design of your CV must do it for them. Your
CV should be concise, well-organized and relevant. It should emphasize
the most important and relevant points about your experience, skills and
Tip 2: Use 'power words' To control the image that an employer
has of you, use power words that match the position you want. Certain
words are used frequently by recruiters in their job descriptions. You
should study recruiters' advertisements and job descriptions and use these
words in your CV and covering letter. The most powerful words are verbs.
And the most powerful verbs are action verbs (describing dynamic activity,
as opposed to state). If, for example, you are applying for a management
post, you should use as many management skills power words as possible
- and use them in the active form, not passive.
Here are some teaching skills power words:
tip 3: A number is worth 1,000 words. People react to numbers!
Numbers are alive and powerful. They create vivid images in our minds.
General statements are easy to ignore. Be specific and use numbers when
describing your duties and achievements. Don't talk about 'managing a
major turnover'. Talk about 'managing a $27,000,000 turnover'. Don't talk
about 'extensive teaching experience'. Talk about '7,000 teaching hours'.
Better still, talk about '7,300 teaching hours' - the more precise a figure,
the more real it becomes.
Tip 4: Put important information first List important information
at the beginning of your job descriptions. Put statements in your CV in
order of importance, impressiveness and relevance to the job you want.
A powerful statement with numbers and power words influences every statement
Tip 5: Sell benefits, not skills Holiday companies don't sell holidays.
They sell relaxation, adventure, sun, sea and sand (the benefits of a
holiday). You should not sell your skills (many other people have the
same skills). You should sell the benefits of your skills. When you write
your skills and past duties, be careful to explain their benefits to the
Tip 6: Solve your employer's (hidden) needs. Employers want people
who can solve problems, not create them! Your CV and cover letter should
show how you can solve the employer's problems and needs. And in addition
to the skills or needs shown in a job advertisement, an employer may have
other needs. You should identify these additional needs and show how you
can satisfy them too. But concentrate first on the needs listed in the
job advertisement. Your additional solutions should come later, after
you already have the employer's attention.
Tip 7: Target the job You will have more success if you adjust
your CV and cover letter for the specific skills an employer is seeking.
This means that you would write one CV for one particular job and a different,
modified, CV for another job. You 're-package' yourself. In that way,
an employer will see immediately that you correspond to the job description.
It is not dishonest to repackage yourself. You are simply presenting yourself
and your skills in the best light for a particular employer. This will
help you to get more interviews and allow you to apply for a wider range