Your CV must outperform your competition
We all fail at things. Even Joyjobs members, most of us being pretty privileged and naturally capable, fail at one thing catastrophically: writing CVs.
CVs seem super weak for most people, even those coming from professional resume writing services, that charge hundreds of dollars.
For example, almost every one of those expensive CVs includes the dreaded "Objective" or "Mission Statement". Schools hate to read it. You and I hate to read it. Why would anyone want to include it? Because this is what resume writers practice.
As a result, people include all kinds of silly things, like "realizing my potential", "finding a progressive school", "learning about the world", "expanding my horizons" and so on.
What's wrong with that? First off, it's all about YOU and YOUR needs, while an application should be about the employer.
Isn't it delusional to believe that the goal of a school recruiter is to fulfil the candidate's desires? If your CV has a personal objective, you are on the wrong track from the very start.
A weak CV means you have to apply for 100's of jobs and still get nowhere.
Slim is in
Understandably, most of us feel uncomfortable about leaving out information. After all, we poured hours on it. It's part of our life experience. So how to oblige to the 2-page rule? Most people minimize the font size. Then they eliminate the margins. And they keep all they precious stuff intact.
Why do you think schools insist on 2 pages? Is it because they like to read with a magnifying glass? Perhaps they do not want all that stuff that we pile up on them?
In fact, many schools are so annoyed with verbose CVs that they stopped accepting them altogether. To apply, you must now fill out an online form that will only take an allocated amount of words.
Seriously, put your CV on a diet and exercise it until it's in top shape!
Follow the Qi
Recruiters process CVs in the same way as you would look at somebody's Facebook page: by checking out points, and jumping from section to section. This type of reading is called scanning, (vertical and horizontal.) Your CV must remain coherent when it's read in this manner. To maximize its readability, delete all clutter. Leave only the most valuable elements.
Your key points must stand out, and their progression must be unobstructed.
The typical obstructions include:
Vertical lines / sidebars
Varied font types and sizes
Extended text lines
Fancy bullet points
A lot of bullet points
Large blocks of text
It's all about a clear structure and a few internationally-specific elements. (International CVs must include some information that domestic resumes do not usually have.) Done right, a simple Times New Roman, 12 point document will easily outperform a comparable $300 piece from a resume-writing house.
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