We won't waste time with platitudes and writing about the importance of CVs in job selection - you understand it all very well yourself. There are plenty of articles and a thousand examples on the internet on this subject. But we felt that no one told the most important thing, so we wanted to compile for you a detailed, understandable, and most importantly, honest guide.
What to write
A CV is Curriculum Vitae, which is Latin for 'biography'. And it's true: Your CV gives a potential employer an impression not only of your previous career path, but also of who you are as a person. On the other hand, the person reading your CV is not interested in your personality. He or she wants to know if you fit the company's ethos, if you can share its values, and if you are up to the job.
Try to reflect not what you did, but what you did - talk about the results, your achievements. Focus on the specifics, ideally numbers.
What to do for those whose work was routine and by definition could not produce tangible results? Focus on the fact that you executed everything perfectly. For example: "During my time as an assistant accountant, the firm successfully passed 2 audits".
Strong and weak words on your resume
It's hard to overestimate the power of words. It is said by psychologists, and heals, and maims. And in our case also sells, and helps to find a job. Especially important is the value of the right word in such an important document for your career as a resume.
The art of using "strong" words and avoiding "weak" words is one of the most important skills for good professional resume writers. Of course, strong and weak words are only one of dozens of aspects of writing an effective CV. Also, important are the right structure of the CV, adapting it to the specific job, optimal saturation of the CV with "key" words, proper text formatting, readability and much more. Read more about how to create an effective resume.
I would like to draw your attention to strong resume phrases. They are usually verbs. And not just any verb, but a perfect verb. Use them in descriptions of your qualifications, work experience and, above all, in the "Achievements / Results" section. This is the most important section of your CV.
Use these words carefully, without overdoing it. And don't exaggerate your achievements. Remember that you may be asked to comment on each phrase, give factual evidence and also check your past performance.
Remember, the quality of your use of 'strong' words is more important than their quantity. Choose the words describing your work experience carefully and make sure that you do find the necessary facts to describe your achievements.