Resume Preparation

The CV

♦ Maximum of five pages, ideally three 
♦ Use point form as much as possible 
♦ If you have employment history explain the jobs and companies 
♦ Give dates of everything 
♦ Focus on achievements. 
 
A good CV 
♦ Shapes the interview 
♦ƒ leads the interviewer to ask you about your strengths 
♦ƒ Gives plenty of achievements to allow you to sell yourself 
♦ Is tailored to the specific job and company 
♦ Can be read quickly - put yourself into the shoes of the interviewer 
♦ Gives the interviewer an idea of your style. 
♦ Gives examples of things you have done which indicate that you could do this job (behavioural interviewing) 
♦ Is exciting to read - uses active, emotional language. 
 
A good covering letter 
♦ Brief and punchy 
♦ Expresses keenness and enthusiasm  
♦ States confidence 
♦ Summarises the key relevant  benefits in your background - the “must haves” of the position. 
 
Follow-up 
♦ Don’t rely on the document to do your work for you - call 
♦ Plan what you want to achieve from the call 
♦ Script it if necessary 
♦ Often a smart question is a good way to differentiate yourself 
♦ Leave them with a general statement of keenness and positivity.