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Ten Red Hot Tips to Trim Your CV or Resume

Eilidh Milnes

Time to review your CV or Resume? Then here are ten Red-Hot Tips

There are a lot of unemployed people out there. If the market far exceeds demand, how do you make sure you get past the resume screening process into the interviewing round? By making sure your CV is flawless. 95 to 99% of resumes and CVs can be trimmed. The general rule is if you put anything on there that distracts the reader from your real accomplishments, then delete it. Resumes need to be concise. Here are the latest hot tips to make sure your resume avoids being trashed. They may question how you currently create your CV:

1. Review your objective: 

If you applied, it's already obvious you want the job, so any objective must be a punchy one liner.

2. Cut out all irrelevant work experiences

If you're still listing that prized position from your school days, it's time to move on! Time to de-clutter. 

3. Remove personal stuff e.g. marital status 

This might've been the standard in the past, but much information is now illegal for your employer to ask you so there's no need to include it. It will likely hinder than help.

4. One page please

Yes, this might be difficult if you've had a lot of experience and you're proud of it. Proud doesn't necessarily mean relevant. Cut it down; employers don't have the time to read page after page.

  • Put what is most important first,
  • Keep your work history short and to the point,
  • Describe what you have achieved while in the position,
  • List in bullet form.

5. Latest on hobbies

It's not your Facebook profile; future employers are not your friends, so it's unlikely that your hobbies will interest them. Don't put anything on your resume or CV that's irrelevant to the job. If it's not relevant, then it's a waste of space and a waste of the reader's time. 

6. Don't give them the chance to guess your age

If you don't want to be discriminated from a position because of your age, it's time to remove your education dates. Take out higher education if it's irrelevant to the position you're applying for, or if you keep receiving rejection because you're overqualified.

7. Write your resume in the first person

Write your opening statement in first person. You should not write in the third person - the recruiter of HR manager knows you're the one writing the resume.
The rest of your resume should then be in bulleted for ease and speed of reading:
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8. References are not required

If your employers want to speak to your referees, they'll ask. Include "references upon request" at the bottom of your resume, only if  you're needing to fill a page. Better to include something more valuable. Remember you have just one page so max-out each line!

9. Field a professional email account 

Make a new one. It takes minutes. It's free.

10. Your contact details

Is there a point in putting the word "phone" in front of the actual number? Recruiters know it's your phone number. This is old school rather like the red phone box above. The same applies to email doesn't it? Cut out the fluff. Don't distract a speed reader who will most likely or reject your CV/Resume within 10 seconds...

Finally, do you really want employers calling you at work? How are you going to handle that? Your current employer can monitor your e-mails and phone calls. So avoid getting fired before you are ready to move on and leave off your present business contact details. 
Time to get trimming!
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