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Outstanding resumes.

10/09/2010

Include a cover letter – Cover letters are not novels and should be concise. A letter should explain why you’re interested in the role and the advertiser. It should summarise how your experience matches the position description.

Key information must be obvious –  Your name, address, phone or a mobile number, email and residency status should appear as a header on every page.

Use headings to break up the CV – Subtitles will improve the appearance and readability of your c.v.

Explain your career objectives – A statement of career goals will tell employers volumes about your character and cultural fit.

Catalog your skills – Admission date and jurisdiction should be listed first, followed by tertiary degrees and other qualifications should be listed thereafter in reverse chronological order.  Match your skills to the position description.  Explain your specialities, with examples of the scale and nature of your work. Always identify the firm, your title and the employment commencement and termination dates.  Dont forget professional, legal or commercial affiliations.

Send a Word document – Provide your CV in .doc or docx format  (not as a PDF file) so the recruiter or HR person can cut and paste it to a submission to its client.

Keep it under four pages – Recruiters have short attention spans. Cut out distant experience and qualifications.

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