Your resume (CV if you like) is your opening tool in your search for new opportunities. It is your first chance to make an impression, and if you don't get it right, it may also be your last. Your resume is a short document about you. It tells the story of your work history so far.
Don't fall into the trap of assuming you have a static resume. Start by writing a baseline document, but this will need to be modified for each position you apply for. Each employer has particular requirements, and you need to adjust your resume to highlight how you personally meet these.
- Keep the resume to about 5 pages overall.
- Present your work history in reverse chronological order. Your recent history is the most relevant and descriptions of previous positions should get briefer as they go further back in your history
- Include a skills summary. At Frogpen we actually read your resume, but some other agencies are known to simply scan them looking for key acronyms
- Save your resume in RTF format. This removes any problem of a technolgy mis-match between your word processor, and your audience's.
- Lie or exaggerate. It will come back to haunt you, and a fraudulent claim in a resume is legal grounds for instant dismissal.
- Waffle. If you can't get to the point quickly you will hit the reject pile in 30 seconds.
- Include a photograph. This is percieved as gimicky and irrelevant, and it deprives you of the space to talk about your achievements. This is one case where a picture is not worth a thousand words
- Include written references. Nobody will ever take them seriously.
- Include hobbies and interests. This is irrelevant to an employer and is just seen as padding. It can also work against you.