Focus on your knowledge, Achievement, skills, Qualities and responsibilities
When you apply for a new job, you are actually being a salesperson and marketing a product and the product is you .The first thing you need to do is to write an excellent cover letter. The second thing to do is build a great resume or CV. Together, your cover letter and CV or resume make up your ‘sales brochure’.
The mistake many candidates make is to trot out their usual resume or CV, whatever the job or employing organization, without tailoring their resume or CV to the job or company requirements. This is a fatal mistake. Interviewers often receive hundreds of resumes or CVs for every position and do not have time to make sense of each one. They want you to explain why you are ideal.
#Points that are explained !!!!
Where to start?
Understanding key terms
Review your work history
Rewrite using “Trigger” words
Skills and qualifications
WHERE TO START?
Plan your resume or CV properly. Too many people get hold of a resume or CV template, populate the sections, send it off and wonder why they hear little back. CVs and resumes that win interviews are relevant and compelling, if you want to win interviews, yours must be too.
UNDERSTAND KEY TERMS
The first step in resume preparation is to understand what the key terms mean so that you can use them appropriately. Figure out what knowledge. Skills, responsibilities, qualities and achievements mean.
Knowledge is what we know. We learned it through observation, study or experience, and it is familiar to us. For example, doctors know about the body.
A skill is the application of knowledge, usually comprising a practical ability. You are competent in something because of practice, training or experience. For example, skills include working on a computer, driving a car, influencing and facilitation.
Responsibilities are tasks we are required to undertake. These might include managing a budget, making sales, answering calls, or producing documents.
Qualities are what we are. For example. We may be trustworthy, reliable or flexible.
Achievements are things we have accomplished as a result of knowledge, skills or qualities and we should be proud of them. Most employers are interested in what we have achieved more than anything else.
REVIEW YOUR WORK HISTORY
Think over your work history carefully. As you do, list your :
1. Main responsibilities for each role
2. Acquired skills – both technical and non-technical
3. Qualities that have helped you be successful
4. Specific achievements and their results
5. Small and large achievements , whether achieved on your own or as part of a team
Do not worry about length, format or spelling .All you want at this stage is to generate content ideas.
It will set you apart from other candidates if you include an objective or some kind of personal summary at the beginning of your resume or CV. It should state, briefly but clearly:
1.Why you want the job
2. Why you are a suitable candidate
3. What benefits you can bring to the company
All employers want answers to these three questions and you can expect them to be asked in your job interview. What better way to impress your interviewer than by answering these up front in the opening paragraph of your resume or CV?
REWRITE USING ‘TRIGGER‘ WORDS
There are words you can use in your CV or resume that have powerful meanings for employers and will cause it to have greater impact. If you use them appropriately, you can make a real impression, because they trigger the right reaction in your interviewer’s mind.
Remember that all potential employers want to know what you can do for them. They usually judge this based on what you have done for your current employer – your achievements. Employers want to fee l confident that you are able to work efficiently and resolve problems. Go back through your achievements in your work history and objective and see if you need to re-word or add to each achievement so that it obvious to your potential new employer what the benefit was to your employer at the time.
Go back through your list of responsibilities. Re-word or add to them, incorporating some of the r\trigger words like budgeting, exceeding, evaluating, prioritizing, networking, motivating, etc. these are also powerful action words.
You will have described some of your qualities in your personal summary or objective and also in work history, you will explain them more fully in your job interview. Some good trigger words to use when describing personal qualities here and at you interview are tactful, flexible, motivated, reliable, analytical, resourceful, thorough, people-focused etc. They help create a good impression.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Many CV’s and resumes have a separate section for skills and qualifications. Wherever you state these, use strong action words. Also remember to use short, punchy sentences that are going to get the information across and nothing more.