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Create an Eye-Catching CV

HOW TO CREATE AN EYE-CATCHING CV

Always wondered how to write a good CV? Don’t you worry, you’re in the right place! This article will serve 2 major purposes; A) to teach you as the candidate how to write a good resume and what good looks like. B) to save us hours re formatting your resume and taking it out of that dodgy formatting with hundreds of hidden boxes!

Let’s start from the very beginning…

Overview

First of all, you want to chose a clean and neat font, something like Arial (size 10) or Calibri (size 11) and it needs to all be in the same font, colour and size… (your name can be in a slightly bigger font 16-18).

Personal details

This should include your full name, location and relevant contact details. Exact location of where you live is not necessary, the town/suburb and state will be sufficient. Due to age discrimination laws now in full force, it’s not essential to put your date of birth so don’t waste precious white space. Again, save space by writing “mobile:” and “email:” we know what it is. It is a good idea to include the area code incase you are applying for a job outside of the country. Only use professional email addresses: if your email is cheekyminx_69@email.com it’s probably time to update it. Please see the example below.

John Smith Sydney, NSW

Introduction

Start your resume off by including an objective, personal mission statement or a quick overview of your experience. This needs to be roughly a paragraph, not war and peace with Harvard referencing. Please note, this is to be written in first person (I have) not third person (John has).

Education, Certifications & Relevant Training

For this section when I say Education I don’t mean what high school you went to. This is for University/College degrees and certs. List your certifications and training under a separate header, only list them if they are relevant to the role. For example for a Technical role they don’t need to know you gained your Duke of Edinburgh award back in 1998. Here is where you list the skills and training that you have that sets you apart from the rest of the party.

Summary of key skills/strengths

Here is where you can add what specific technologies/equipment you have worked with that would be relevant for the role you are applying for. You can also include some key attributes again that would be applicable to the role, do not put things like “good communication” and try something like “able develop and maintain professional relationships with clients/vendors”

  • Cisco
  • VMWare
  • Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2003/2008/2012 R2

Employment History

Now, here is where we get to the good stuff. This is your chance to blow away your future employer with your experience and expertise. When listing your employment history always start with your most recent and go backwards, if you have been in the workforce for decades then it isn’t necessary to list every job you’ve ever had probably the last 10 years or so, depending on what is relevant. Avoid writing huge paragraphs rewording your job description and try to bullet point your key responsibilities, it’s a good idea to give a little summary of the working environment. Please see the below example

Company X | Network Engineer

April 2015 – Present

At Company X we offer a premium IT solutions and services to SME companies across Australia. Our core offerings include cloud, infrastructure and communications. My role is to provide 1st and 2nd level support across the network infrastructure to our clients via phone and email.

  • Monitor and troubleshoot the nationwide network.
  • Document and draft incident reports for customers on major faults in line with our SLA.
  • Configuration and troubleshooting of LAN/WAN network.
  • Support Windows Servers 2003/2008/2012 in both virtual and physical environment.
  • Active Directory administration including DNS, DHCP and Group Policy.
Interests and Hobbies

I mean this one is total preference, if your interests and hobbies are boring as bat sh*t I would probably leave them off, if it’s something worthwhile mentioning or applicable to the job you are applying for then of course add them. Keep them neat in short bullet points.

References

I would avoid putting these on your resume, you will of course need to hand these over to your recruiter/employer if you have an offer coming your way.

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