Many jobs that are advertised get hundreds, sometimes thousands, of applications. So it's important to make your résumé (or CV) stand out.
Here's a guide to creating one that has impact.
Design that stands out: invest some time and maybe some professional help to create a design with impact. That doesn't mean your résumé has to be some crazy design full of hundreds of different fonts, but it should have more visual impact that sets it apart from the Microsoft Word-produced crowd. Use a couple of powerful fonts, include white space and use an elegant format. However, make sure that the résumé is designed in such a way that it can be 'degraded' — in other words, so that the format won't be ruined if it gets scanned into a computer database.
A hook that grabs them: the first section of your résumé is your chance to sell yourself. Write a paragraph that demonstrates how your skills are the perfect match for the job you are applying for. Think of how your skills can benefit the employer — get inside their heads to figure out the best match between your experience and the job.
Searchable keywords: résumés are stored in computer databases and employers use keywords to find those résumés that are most relevant to the job on offer. So make sure you include keywords or buzzwords that match your skills and what you think the employer will be wanting. Just make sure you can back up these skills at length in an interview.
Sound like yourself: avoid packing your résumé with jargon or with business talk, which often sounds like it says something but actually means nothing. Use your own words rather than clichés to describe what you have done. One trick is to use action words — verbs — rather than nouns. Then you'll get into the habit of talking about what you have actually done rather than just vague concepts.
Keep it clear and concise: a one or two-page résumé is fine. Just keep it to the point by saying everything as clearly and concisely as you can. Bullet points are a great way to help you do that