Advanced Resume/ CV Writing Tips

LinkedIn Survey

Professional network, LinkedIn conducted a survey in 2011 to scope out most regular buzzwords used in resumes; it is revealed that ‘effective’ tops the list of most overused professional buzzword in India, followed by ‘creative’, ‘innovative’, and ‘dynamic’. Survey included 135 million members worldwide, of which 12 million were Indians. Nicole Williams, Connection Director, LinkedIn advice people to throw out buzzwords from resumes. “Craft your resume to stand out from the professional pack,” she says. “Use language that illustrates your unique professional accomplishments. Give concrete examples of results you’ve obtained”.

Tips to Write Resume/ CV for Professionals

This article highlights advanced resume writing tips are for working professional looking for higher salary package or wish to change their jobs due to one or another reason. They are the professional who is having work experience of 2-8 years. They also need to market their unique set of skills and achievements to attract the potential recruiter to their profile.

Therefore, one has to put some extra efforts in writing their resume other than the resume writing tips mentioned above, like:

  • Use suitable power words like- organized, lead, monitored, etc. according to your personality [Go google for more power words ].
  • Identify and solve the employer’s extra hidden needs by some research and analysis.
  • Sell the benefits of your skills. Use PAR (Problem-Action-Result) approach.
  • Create an image that matches the salary you desire.

Elaborating Resume/ CV

Usually, professionals with work experience have more information to represent in their Resume/ CVs that increases its length. Contrary to this, the interviewer doesn’t have much time to spend on a single CV. Thus, it’s a challenging task for job seekers to identify the key information and represent it elegantly so that the interviewer can look upon the same in a short span of time. Thus the following guidelines will be fruitful while designing a perfect CV:

  • Top skills and experiences should be prioritized and presented in the uppermost section of the CV. Then details like additional educational, employment history, academic experience should be mentioned. It’s a simple idea to show your best part first.
  • Use strong professional-looking phrases in describing your personality, capabilities, experience, and achievements.
  • Mix and match words and phrases to project yourself, and to reflect what you understand about the job requirements. Offer to the employer and interviewer whatever they are particularly looking for.

Create a list of 4-8 key activities demonstrating your competence and personality that closely match the employer's requirements for the job. And then, prioritize these activities in the order you want the employer should think about your personality and judge your experience.  It is better to describe your experience and capabilities with some examples and proven past records. 

A list of descriptive phrases and words to elaborate personal profile, capabilities for writing impressive and professional CVs are easily available on the Internet.  A job seeker has to find out the needs of the employer with the help of detailed advertisement. And going through the company profile and guessing the hidden needs of the company will be a bonanza. Job seeker can choose the phrases or combination of phrases in a way relevant to the job specifications. Create a list of 4-8 key activities demonstrating your competence and personality that closely match the employer's requirements for the job. And then, prioritize these activities in the order you want the employer should think about your personality and judge your experience.  It is better to describe your experience and capabilities with some examples and proven past records.

Fresh graduates, at the beginning of their careers, don’t have any proven experience to write in phrases. So they can relate their degree level experience with the demands of employers. For example, Fresher can write that “organized state level Technical Festival, lead the basketball team of college, completed a research project etc.”

Refer very useful article Demystifying Common Resume Writing Confusions.