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How to Write a Professional CV (Resume)

Tom Wiztek, Marketing and Recruitment Specialist

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10 Lessons (60m)
    • 1. CV Introduction: What you'll learn from this CV writing course

      2:07
    • 2. 10 Common CV Writing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

      14:33
    • 3. Examples of Effective CVs (Resumes)

      3:38
    • 4. How to Add your Profile Picture using Word

      2:05
    • 5. The Main Sections of your CV (Resume)

      7:14
    • 6. How to Edit a CV in 5 Minutes

      10:21
    • 7. 3 Rules for Writing your CV Content

      6:16
    • 8. How to Write Effective Bullet Points

      8:38
    • 9. Power Words for your Bullet Points

      1:01
    • 10. Proven CV Templates

      3:47
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About This Class

Are you sending CVs (Resumes) and not getting any replies?

The reality is that your CV gets 10 to 15 seconds to standout. And if your CV is poorly made you will be skipped.

Even if you are qualified, even if you have the required skills and even you are the perfect candidate for the job.

My name is Tom and I have been a recruiter for the past 2 years. After seeing hundreds of CVs I realized that writing a CV is an actual separate skill set.

I created this course for you if you are seeking a job, sending applications and not getting any replies.

The main goal of this course is to provide you with a skill for creating a professional CV that captures recruiters attention so that you get more interviews, and find a job.

Here's a fraction of what you'll learn inside:

  • You will learn the main sections of a professional CV.
  • You will see actual examples of CVs being reviewed and edited.
  • You will learn the most common CV writing errors and how to fix them.
  • And you will learn the features all great CV's share

Join today and learn how to write a professional CV (resume).

Transcripts

1. CV Introduction: What you'll learn from this CV writing course: Welcome to discourse. It's good to see you here. Your CV is your marketing tool. You have to promote yourself as best you can, and a good looking Fyvie is much more likely to be read in full than one, which looks a bit untidy, unformed. It'd or laid out in a way that makes it hard to read. You are about to learn the guidelines for preparing an eye catching, attention grabbing feeling, and I guarantee that if you follow the guide life to create your feeling, you will get more job interviews. But first I want to give you an outline off this course. There are three main sections. Firstly, we've got the TV design section here. You will learn the fundamental principles off creating your CV. We will go through the 10 most common Fyvie mistakes. I'll show you some good Stevie's examples, and I have included I step by step tutorial for formatting your CV so that you can see how just a few simple changes can have a massive impact on your CV. Next, we've got the TV content section here you will learn the main parts of a city. I will cover all the relevant part. Nothing else is required. Next, you will learn how to write your content for maximum effect. What I mean by this is that your CV will read Well, you will learn how to phrase your CV to make it stand out from the rest of the candidates. And in the third section, I will share with you a few really effective CV templates that you can use. However, please remember that the principles you learn from section one and two can be applied to most Fyvie templates. So when you learn the Fyvie writing guidelines, you will be able to correctly four months, just about every Fyvie. However the template that I provide you, they're a great starting point. I hope you enjoy discourse and assume the next lesson. 2. 10 Common CV Writing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them: Hello, everybody. It's Tom here. Now. In this lesson, you will learn the Ted most common mistakes that are made in C. V's. These are mistakes that probably take less than 30 seconds to fix, but a lot of people don't pay attention to them now. Think of it this way. First impressions count. When you meet someone, you always have a first impression. Now the same principle applies to your CV. If you have a badly formatted CV, you may be removed as a job candidate from the very start. Where us. If your CV looks nice, then the recruiter will want to read it, and your CV will stand out from all the others that the recruiter has to go through. So let's start with listing the 10 most common CV formatting mistakes. Number one. Don't use company logos. Here's an example somebody breaking this principle. Now there is an old saying. Less is more. It certainly applies to see these. Ah, clear CV is easier to read Now. You see, there is no advantage in using company logos. There are no extra points, so remove all logos from your CV and your CV will be much more readable. Let's move on. Principle number two. Don't use too many four months in your CV. There is a marketing principle that you should remain consistent with the four months you use in your arts. Now a CV is basically an advertisement. It is a promotion off yourself and marketing principles apply here just as much as if you were promoting on electric car or a weight loss program. By not using too many for months, I am suggesting that you stay would two or 34 months evenly spread out and used throughout your CV. Let's look at an example. This is the C V. So you've got the work experience first and the education next and then the development, which I assume are some sort, of course, is that he has attended. So the first thing that you notice wrong with this CV is that he has used company logos, company logos, they're not required, and the megacity look poorer because it's just too much looking at this CV. You also notice a weird form of being used, so he's made the main text lighter and contrasted this to a darker headline text. Don't do this. Don't do this ever. I mean, it looks terrible on on this video on the screen, that looks really, really bad. But remember, if a recruiter or hey char stuff want to call you for an interview? They have to print the CV and the light Grey text is not printer friendly, so it just makes life more harder for everyone. So don't do this now, back to my rule, which was which is Don't use too many for months. If you look closely here, you can see that this person has used four different formats within three lines. Let me show you. Here he's form it'd the dates their bold and it's a different shading. Then we've got a bold text for the position name. Then we have the company name, which is bold. Different format is up because it has a different shading. Then we've got a description which is a normal fund. So this is what is this 1233 different lines and four different formats. And then when we've got the key responsibilities than we've got bulleted four months, this doesn't really would look good. Now let's scroll down to the What was it the development section. Look at this. Each line has one of the 23 different formats. It just looks very, very messing. I'll show you another example of exactly what I mean. This city has also used up and the entire A four sheet. It's just packed full off information, and I think there are so many different forms here. It just doesn't look good. So let's have a look at the experience section and I'll tell you exactly what I'm talking about. Over here. We've got professional experience. We've got a white text. Then we have blue text over here for the description of the position. So where the company was located, the company and the time a brief description. And we've got a red text year blue text year black text here and here. It's underlined here. You've got bullets, points. He would give good another pattern. It's just a mixture off for months. So if we count, we've got one because it is a different size we've got like here's 14 months. Here's another four months. Three ah, four five and bullets 66 Different formatting options wouldn't just this little bit off his CV and looking at it. It's just it's just too much. It's not necessary. If you have two or three different four months, there is that resulted isn't required. Otherwise the C V. It just looks way too messy. It doesn't look impressive, and it's very difficult to read. I mean, even if you look at that here, it's Ah, it looks so there's no spacing in between them, So the two positions are not separated properly. The next mistake is putting the dates in the wrong places. In this example, the dates are in the wrong place by Rome, I mean there on the right hand side. As you can see over here, the problem is that having the dates on the right hand side is not actually intuitive. To read the dates they should be on the left hand side. When you analyze like reading patterns, there is something that the brain just recognized the certain patterns much, much easier. And when it comes to reading CVS that they should be on the left hand side because it feels natural to look at a CV and first see the dates, then the company or position, and then the responsibilities. It's just makes for easier reading. Now if we look closely at this example, and the other thing that pops into my mind is that the person has used way too many formats . When you look over here, we've got blue text, black text and great text all and this is in bullet points, and then each section heading is filled with another, completely different color. So if we just look at this span right here, therefore completely different colors. So this is way too many formats. The next Sieving mistake is trying to hide the dates. However, This mostly applies to new graduates who have little work experience and don't want to show this. Here's my advice. If you are a fresh graduate or have little world experience, don't hide the dates. It's actually really easy for a recruiter to figure out that you don't have much experience . Basically, they just look at the graduation dates and know how long you've been working. Plus, if your CV does not have dates, the first thing that comes to a recruiters mind is this person has little experience. So here's an example. This city is written in a European language, but it's a perfect example off my CV mistake. When you look over here, this is the main experience section. There are 123455 different positions and absolutely no dates. As a recruiter, we instantly knew that this person, she's very young and she wants to hide the fact that she doesn't have much experience. So don't hide it. I mean, you're young, you're just starting out. So you have a right not to have any experience. Let's move on to the next mistake. Don't make your CV too long. I want to show you something right now you get my point. This CV is made up off seven long pages. So I'm going to answer the really, really important question. How long should you cvb? I would say anywhere up to three pages is acceptable. There is no need to make it longer. Recruiters are busy. They have a lot of tests to do. Your CV should contain relevant information and it should only be as long as it has to be, but no more than three pages. Oh, and by the way, this isn't the longest TV that I have ever seen. The next CV mistake is having too much white space on your CV. Let's go back to our CV example and we just looked at this. But as you can see on the very first page, all that this person had was a picture and some personal details. All of this is unused whitespace, even something as simple as deleting and moving up. That's all it takes, sometimes to get rid off unnecessary white space. But in this city, he didn't do that. Another problem with this CV was that he used double spacing on all of his text, so they just made this artificially longer mistake. Number seven Donut Fancy Borders. Here's an example off a C V, where the person has used a fancy pattern. It is not adding any benefit. It's just a decoration. Now, once again, I'll repeat what I said in my first mistake that there is a very popular saying that sometimes less is more and this CV, although it is informative, dwell whatsoever. Without the fancy border, it would still be better, but well, we've got the c v up. Can you see any other mistakes just looking at it because I can instantly see that there has bean way too many text four months used. So when we look at this professional practice, then this is 14 months. Then we have the date that we've got on underlined former here italics here in brackets, italics and bold. Then we just got a bold heading. There were good bullet points. All of this is unformed to text and it's very difficult to read. And when a recruiter has 50 CVS to look at this one, he will gladly get rid off. Next TV mistake is but text alignment or simply using unformed. It'd textbooks. Let's have a look at an example Here we have ah, simple CV. But when we scroll down to the working experience section have a look at the details here. The text just isn't aligned in any way. It is basically chaos. Some things are left aligned. Other things are towards the centre. This I don't know where this is supposed to be. Then we have bullet points on the left inside. It isn't aligned. It doesn't look good. This is an even more extreme example off but alignment and basically using just textbooks so unformed it'd text. Look at these paragraphs. There will The person who wrote the C V is using maximum space on the page, but it is very difficult to read, and it's very off putting as well. It's just text, text, text, text and even more text. Nothing is aligned. Nothing makes sense. It's just looks one giant block of text. Okay, so CV Mistake number nine Don't turn your bullet points into paragraphs. This is the C V I want to show you and let's have a look at the work history. All of these descriptions they used to be. Well, I can assume these to be bullet points, and but they have been converted into paragraphs. I'll show you some of the bigger ones. So over here, for instance, what she has done, if she's added full stops and convert the bullet points into paragraphs. If you want to short in your CV, delete unnecessary information, make your saving more relevant. But don't turn bullet points into blocks off text because this is just not reader friendly . And the last mistake don't use curriculum vitae. I, as you're heading, have a look at this CV. As you can see, curriculum vitae is the headline. Instead, I am going to recommend that you use your name as the headline. The thing is, CV is short for curriculum retyped. You don't have to name your document if you're applying for a position than people know that what they're opening is a Fyvie. The title. It adds absolutely nothing to the quality of your job application. So instead, use your name as the heading. Your name is required. You are promoting yourself. So why not make yourself that title off the document? The title of the city And this basically sums up the 10 most common sieving steaks that I have seen throughout my recruitment carrier. Thank you for watching, and I hope that you have found his video very valuable. 3. Examples of Effective CVs (Resumes): Hello again and welcome to this lesson. I am about to show you some examples off Good c vive. Although these are not perfect their solid CV examples from which you can learn These are actual CVS, which I believe are very easy to read and include the most relevant information in this lesson. My focus will be on the former thing, which is a really important part of the C V in the content section. Off this course, you will learn how to write the content for your CV. So let's look at some CVS and see why they make good examples. This is the first TV I wanted to show you. It starts off with the personal details we have name and the contact details that is great . Then the education section is short and list the most important achievements. It looks nice and his easy to read the experience section below is also well formatted. And it's easy to read because every position is separate. We know the time we know the dates for working in the company, the actual company, that position and all the responsibilities, and each position is clearly separated. I really like this and then on the second page towards the bottom. We have courses and trainings, languages, skills and interests. There is no special former thing used here, but it is all aligned uniformly with the rest of the city, and you will not get confused reading it. So although there is room for improvement in the city, I think this E v promotes the candidates very well. This is the second Fyvie that I wanted to show you. What I like about this, Stevie, is that everything is clearly separated into the main sections. So at the top we have a personal summary. This could be a little bit better. Formative, because it is just a textbook and it isn't very nice to read. But then we have the experience. Each position lists the dates, the company details, the position and the responsibilities. I like this On the right hand side, we've got the personal details, social media details and the key skills. I think this is Ah, good use off space. Then we have languages Onley, two languages listed. So I'm assuming that these are languages that this person knows very well. When we scroll down, we've got the software once again on the right hand column. It's a good use of this space and then towards the very bottom. We have education courses and licenses each section iss separate. There are basically just two or 34 months that I used throughout this document that Stevie is very easy to read. I mean, looking at that, you instantly know where to find the indication section where to find experience, where to find key skills, how to contact the applicant. And once again, it promotes the candidate very well. 4. How to Add your Profile Picture using Word: Welcome back in this lesson. I want to share with you a simple technique for formatting your picture on your CV. I know that some of you might already notice technique, and if that issue, you can skip this lesson. However, as a recruiter, I have noticed that a lot of people between 20 and 60 have trouble putting their picture in the right place on the TV. That's why, in this lesson, I will show you what to do to place your picture anywhere on your CV without it interfering with your text. So let's get down to work. Here's a random CV. As you can see, the picture takes up a load off space on the C V. All the text essentially starts underneath it. This doesn't look good, and it artificially makes the CV longer. Now look what happens when we try to move the picture. We can't move it as it interferes with the text. We want to place it on the right hand side and move the text up, but it doesn't seem to work. So here's what we do. Let me just undo it first under these most right click on the picture and select four months picture. Now we click on the layouts and we can select either behind the text or in front of the text. Just bear in mind that if sometimes if you select behind the text, you will not be able to highlight the picture or it will be more difficult. So in front of the text is just more easier to quickly OK, and know what happens. We can place the picture anywhere we want on our CV and it doesn't interfere with the rest of the text. And it is older is toe aligning your picture on your document. Now, Whether you're using I free document editor or you're using Mark, the text wrapping function should be similar. Okay, Thank you for watching. 5. The Main Sections of your CV (Resume): However, body Tom here in this lesson, I want to quickly cover the main parts that all C V's shoot contain. As you can see from the slide, there are seven main parts. All good CDs use most off these parts. It's not a requirement to have all of them, but most of them we can start with the personal summary. Now. This is a short paragraph or two about your career achievements, relevant skills and your future ambitions. I think it is a good idea to include a personal summary, but it is optional. Some people start with a personal summary, while others start with the personal details. Both forms are acceptable in depends which CV layout you choose. Now to show you the other sections, I will give you our real life TV example that includes all of these. So this is our TV that we received, and overall, I think it's ah good CV. It starts off with the contact details. Now this is common sense knowledge. What you need is you need your name, phone number and email address. At the very least, these are, after all, the most important details for a recruiter or company to contact you. I would like to mention that your email address should sound professional. I recommend that you use Gmail to set up Ah, specific job application email address. You could use your name and surname for the email, like Joe Smith at gmail dot com. It sounds much better than using some sort of social email address like Joe Awesome Dude wanted three and Gmail. So this is sort of common sense, so we just make it sound professional, and you'll be fined going back to this Fyvie. You don't need to include your date of birth. I don't think this is necessary. It just takes up space. It doesn't hurt your application, but it's not required. Also your marital status. That's not necessary as well. Now the next big question is, should you include your photo? There is a long debate about this issue. If you look it up on Google, you'll find just as much people for including a photo as well as as much people against it . So I will only tell you what I think. But in the end, you will have to decide for yourself and do what you believe is better with that out of the way, I will share with you my opinion. You see, I am all four, including a photo on your CV. Think of a different we're living in a visual world. Would you consider browsing a linked in profile with no picture? I don't think so. Everyone has a photo on linked in profiles with no pictures. Don't get much notice, so I am all for adding a photo. Your CV will look much, much better. Also, here's another point. Are recruiter or employer will need you so sooner or later they will see you anyway. So what difference does it make if it's during the interview or if they see you on your CV ? But to be safe here is my general advice, because I know that different countries have different standards. So in Europe, Asia and Central and South America, it's normal to include a photo. However, if you're living in the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand do not include a photo in these countries. Sam recruiters may even disqualify you if you include a photo in your CV, so depending where you are located, decide whether or not to include a photo the next main section is education. Now, an education section is always included in a C. V. So what you want to list is the years of your study, the degree that you were awarded and the institution in which you graduated and always list your indication from most recent qualifications to the oldest. The next main section is experience. Now. This is the core of your CV. It lists what you have been doing during your professional life. You can lift all your positions throughout your career. You should include the dates that you worked, the company, the position and your main responsibilities. Now, in the C V, she has written personal and professional skills. I would just call this section skills. That's that makes it clear enough, and basically give notice to recruiters about your main skills so you can list what type off tools, programs, soft skills or any other skills you have developed. But don't be too general. If you list that you can work in a team, it doesn't much on because it's just too general and it doesn't mean anything. When we look above the skill section, we've got languages. Now I'm saying this in a different order because the skill section is more important than languages. And if I was writing the C V, I would list skills first and then languages now with languages if you can speak more than one language, then included in your CV, but the not list languages that you just have a basic knowledge. So if you attended one class off German, don't waste your time, including this in your CV. Like in this example, she has written that she speaks Ukrainian, Russian native English is advanced. German Polish, intermediate, now Hungarian. A. One a one is just basic level. I would have I would not have wasted my space on including something like this. Also a top tip. As a former recruiter, do not claim to have excellent knowledge of a language. If you're just a beginner, this is very easy to test. In my recruitment position, I came across many so called fluent English speakers who could barely string a sentence together. If you have intermediate knowledge righted, don't exaggerate this because in terms of language, it is the most easier skill to test out, and the very last section is interests. So what to include just include something that you do in your spare time. This doesn't have to be unique. It helps if the hobbies are related to the position that you are applying for. But that is not a prerequisite. Hobbies just give a bigger insight into you as a person, but it is a section that should always be included in your CV. Nonetheless, in the next lesson, you will learn how to prepare your content for your CV. 6. How to Edit a CV in 5 Minutes: welcome back in this lesson. I want to show you how to edit a CV in less than five minutes. Here's what I'm going to work with. This is a typical one page Fyvie. The applicant has some experience, but it's still a career starter. So a one point Stevie is great, but we need to change a couple of things to make it more presentable. So I will walk you through everything that I will add it in the city. And at the end, I'll show you a picture of this TV before and after, so that you can see the impact off the small changes on the entire city. Let's start the first thing that I noticed here is the heading curriculum vitae. Now I've already mentioned that these words are not important without having curriculum vita here, everyone will still know that the document is a C V. So I will change the heading and instead use the applicants name. So Jack Scotland and I moved heading to the left inside and because it is a heading, I'll make the text bigger. Next we have the personal details name and surname is not important here, Dad drift is important and there's a type of here, so I will change it and to make it look a little bit better. I think I can fit this address on one line, the date and place of birth. You don't have to include your date and place of birth. In fact, if our recruiter does want to know this information, they can always deduce it from which year you graduated. So I will delete this and then the phone number and email address. This is important and you should include it. Now. What I'll do is be discontent over here. It's a little bit too far towards the middle of the document. I want to align it with the rest of the document to make it uniform. And one more thing. I think that this section will look better if the labels are not in bold. So I'm going to remove the bolt former thing, and now I just have to align this again and one more thing. The personal details. I'll move them a little bit up. Now, This picture, it's in the wrong position. This is what happens when I try to move it. It interferes with the text. So what we have to do is we have to change. The wrapping is set things off this picture so we can right click on it, select wrap text and make sure you have disrespected in front off text. Now we can move the picture wherever we want, and it doesn't interfere with our text. I'll make it a little bit smaller and like this. So I just noted that this title is a little bit now. That looks better. Now. What I would like to edit is the section headings. I don't like them, so I'm talking about education, experience and skills. I think underline is an overused function and it doesn't look good on headings, so I suggest that we remove the underlying make the text bigger and Addai different color. So to select different lines, I'm going to hold down left control on my keyboard and select the line and once again left controlling the keyboard select line. And now I'm going to remove the underlying function, make the text bigger and at a different color, perhaps ah, blue and I'll also fix the former thing by removing the semicolon. Now it's time to format the education fiction, the dates. They're listed very well there on the left hand side, and there is enough distance or space between the dates and the actual information. But this part over here, I think we can fix it up. And I'm suggesting that what we do is we have the degree on one line and the university on a second line. So for the first entry, with good postgraduate degree in finance and accounting, that could be on the one line and the Dublin School of Economics, that could be on the second line. Also, when listing your degree, I would capitalize the words. So we have postgraduate degree in finance and accounting over here. We've got an M A in international studies and let's to use the university on the second line. Then we've got a bachelor in history studies archive specialization. Let's capitalize the A Let's capitalize the S. And there's a type of here. I'm King and let's have the Catholic University of London on the second line. Just one more thing that I will change. Let me just remove the bold settings, and I am going to add some bold but only on the degree so postgraduate degree in finance and accounting. I'll make that bold. The mustering international studies bold and this turd and three and that's all that I'm going to do with the education. I'm happy with that. Now we can move on to the experience affection, although it looks nice because every entry iss separate and we've got the company named your job title and the responsibilities. I still think that we can improve of this and the first thing that I'm going to do if you look over here, you have the labels, job and responsibilities. I think this is just using up space, and it's not adding anything to the Fyvie. So I'm going to delete these already. It looks better. One more thing that I would change is the alignment off the bullet points, because at this moment you can see it's a little bit too much to the left. So we've got the main conference starting here, but the bullet points are here, so I will highlight the content off the bullet points and move it a little bit. While I'm doing this, I've noticed that the bullet points under the skill section are also a little bit out of alignment, so I'll fix that right now. Okay, This looks nice. What? We're doing the bullet points. What I would like to do is I would like to capitalize the first word off each bullet point . It will look much better. So I will do That's right now. So I will do this right now. There's a type of here, and I've just noticed that thes bullet points are I need a little bit of an adjustment. Okay. Now, if you look over here, you have the company the person worked for and the position title. This is okay. You can have this on two separate lines. But for the sake of this video, I will save on space. And I want to move this on to have all of this on one line. Now it doesn't fit, so I'm going to shorten this description off the position name. So instead of having administrations, specialist are just right. Admin specialist. Okay, now, Ministry of National Defense. Okay, let's move this up. Apprenticeship. This is a type of fix this defense. This is okay because Ministry of National Defense, it can be written with a C or with an s. Now, to make this all on one line, What I'm going to do is ill off this in brackets. And instead of having office of internal audit, I'll just delete that. So it looks nice and neat. Apprenticeship. Internal audit and Springfield Bank specialist for Development Network. Okay, and that is all done. This is our newly formative Fyvie. So here's the original. And here's my newly formatted CV the original and then you Fyvie. Now, I know this video is a little bit longer than five minutes, but the actual anything that I did on this CV was less than five minutes and well, looking at it, practically, we have a completely new CV, and all the took was a little bit off editing. Thank you for watching. 7. 3 Rules for Writing your CV Content: Welcome back, Tom. Here there are two parts to writing your CV, the TV design, which is very important because you only have a capital seconds to leave A good impression on the recruiter if your CV designers, but your content may not even be red. That's why most of this course has been focused on design. However, in this lesson, I want to provide you with the rules for writing your CV content. Rule number one. Now this is an easy tip to make your CV instantly read much, much better. So instead of writing about your duties, I want you to write about your achievements. Now. There's a very simple way to do this. This is what I mean by listing responsibilities. Increasing sales with advertising, managing teams, improving production speed selling products to target customers. This is how the majority of people list their job responsibilities. This is what I am suggesting that you do list your achievements. All you have to do is change the tents off your job responsibility descriptions so you can write something like increased sales with advertising. This is an achievement now. Managed teams improved production speed sold products to target customers this language is much more assertive, and you're using positive language such as developed, organized, achieved. It sounds much, much better, and your CV will read more powerful e. So to summarize, Most candidates described their duties and responsibilities using a continuous tense. So this is the tents that ends with I N. G. In these examples, this involves words like increasing managing, improving selling. Now, by switching the tense to past tense. Your message gets focused on achievements, so this will communicate what you did rather than what you are doing. There is a simple formula for writing bullet points, and I will explain this fully in the next lesson. For now, let's move on. Rule number to avoid buzzwords. Buzz words are words that are meant to make your CV found. Powerful buzzwords are meant to make your CV stand out. They are meant to distinguish you from the rest of the candidates. However, they're so commonly used that they have lost all meaning. Imagine your recruiter And on every single CV you read, you see the same words over and over again because that is the reality. So I have decided to share with you. Ah, list off the 10 most commonly used buzzwords on Stevie's. These include extensive experience, innovative, motivated results. Driven, dynamic, proven track record, team player, fast paced problems over enterpreneurs. They mean nothing. They add nothing, so please avoid them at all. Costs. Rule to be Avoid generic Statements. This is very similar to passports, but it is slightly different. The role is to avoid generic statements. Now. These are statements there so general that they could apply to nearly every person on this planet. The problem is that they don't add any detail. So here's some examples. Great teamwork skills can work without supervision, or this is a really popular one. I have good communication skills. So let's examine the first statement. Great teamwork skills. This statement adds little value to your CV because everyone can say this. Instead of listing this, I suggest that you write what you did that demonstrates team working skills. Ask yourself, What did you do that help the team, or what did the team achieve? Thanks to your efforts, the answers to these questions provide more detail and are more valuable. All your CV details demonstrate that you are a person with the skills. Let's look at another example. I have good communication skills. No, think about it. What exactly does this mean to get to the details? I want you to ask yourself, where have you used communication skills? Who did you talk to? What did you have to communicate? And how did your communication skills help when you include more details than the statements Have meaning. So avoid generalities and be specific in your CV content and rule number three. Avoid typing errors, poor grammar and spelling mistakes. This might seem like an obvious rule, but as a former recruiter, let me tell you, I have seen this mistake way too often, so I think it deserves to be mentioned. Poor grammar and spelling mistakes is a big letdown. Many mistakes could be avoided with just a simple spelling and grammar check. Little mistakes have big meanings. The reality is that in your CV there's no room for these types of mistakes. These mistakes show carelessness and that you do not pay attention to the details. Running the spelling and grammar check is one way to avoid this. That away is to get a friend to check your CV. Another person will see your CV and will catch things that you may have missed. It's a simple formula, but another person can give you some really valuable feedback. And, well, there is 1/3 option. If you don't have anybody to check your CV than great your civilian one day, sleep on it and then edit it on another day. Ah, clear mind will do wonders to your writing skills. These are general guidelines that you should follow when writing your CV content. In the next lesson, we will dive deeper and I will share with you the secret to writing powerful bullet points for your CV. 8. How to Write Effective Bullet Points: in this lesson. I want to share with you how to write effective bullet points for every position you need to briefly describe what you did, and it is commonly accepted that this takes the form off bullet points. When it comes to writing this part of the C V. Most people on Lee described their duties and responsibilities, but if you do this, your CV will not be differentiated from other TV's. The description of your responsibilities should be much more than just the list off the tasks and responsibilities. This part requires you to be creative. So you may be thinking to yourself, How can you be creative describing your previous position? Or maybe your previous job was easy and pretty straightforward. Well, in this lesson, I want to teach you a proven formula for writing your job description bullet points so that you captured the attention of a recruiter and get them to call you. First, let me show you a couple of typical bullet points. Descriptions acquired partners for the company's website responsible for handling ah, high volume off inbound customer requests per day, maintained good relations with existing partners, prepares email campaigns tasked with resolving issues in a timely fashion. These statements, literally Onley, describe the duties that were said by the boss. They are nothing. They just present the tasks. Here's the mindset that you should have when writing your bullet points. I want you to think of them as an opportunity to promote the skills you developed or the results that occurred from your action. There is a technique that is helpful here. It's commonly used to answer tricky interview questions such questions as Tell me a difficult work situation and how you resolved it, or give me an example of a time when you had to confront a route customer. These questions seem tough at first glance, but there's an easy way to enter them, and that is using this one technique, and the technique that I'm referring to is known as the star method. Here's how it works s stands for situation. So you describe a situation that you experienced or a problem that you faced t sense for task. Here you describe the tusk, or what was your responsibility in it? A things for action? What was the action that you took to solve the problem and our stands for result, What was the result of your action and how did the company benefit? The star method is really valuable because it is a formula for answering questions in a comprehensive way, and the answers are directly relevant to skills an achievement. For that reason, you can use this to craft Fyvie bullet points. Now, I am not saying that you need to create long bullet points that detail exactly. Eat step off the star method that will make your bullet points contain too much information and would look like paragraphs off text rather than bullet points. But what I am suggesting to you is that you divide the star technique and prepare smaller bullet points based on it. So I recommend you do the following right bullet points based on the situation and task. This will clearly show your responsibilities in your previous job and secondly, right bullet points based on action and results. This will show what you achieved in your previous job. When you do this, you will have bullet points that are focused on your role in the organization and the problems that you face, as well as present your results and achievements. This formula works because your new bullet points will communicate your capabilities, skills and achievements, so each bullet point becomes more valuable than simply listing a daily duty. Let's have a look at how we can reframe the above sample bullet points. So firstly, we had acquired partners for the company's website. We can change it and be a little bit creative, too. Acquired 15 new partners monthly for the company, resulting in a revenue growth of 200% over six months. Here I have improved the statement by adding more details off monthly achievements and showing the long term benefit that resulted from the action. Here's the second example so it was responsible for handling a high volume off inbound customer requests per day. So I changed this into successfully managed 50 to 70 inbound customer requests per day, ranking in the top 5% off all support associates in 2017. So in this example, the focus off this new bullet point is on the action, which is managing inbound customer requests, and I have shown you how many. So in this case was between 50 and 70 and I also focused on the result, which in this case was ranking in the top 5% off support. So I have provided a little bit more detail of a bit more statistics, and the new bullet point is more clear. You know exactly what type of work was done and what was the result off that work. Okay, so the 3rd 1 WAAS, maintained good relations with existing partners. So here's how I reframe this managed 20 accounts in a high earning consulting firm. This is a simple tweak, but the new statement provides a little bit more detail, and this makes it a little bit more valuable. The fourth example was prepared email campaigns, which is also in itself pretty vague because you don't know what exactly this is referred to. You just know it has something to do with email. But here's my change. Collaborated with sales and marketing departments to optimize email campaigns and achieved a 50% growth in monthly turnover. So the focus off this statement is on the action that you took so the collaboration on optimizing email campaigns and the result it was achieved. So I 50% growth in monthly turnover. I've added much more details, and the statements just looks and sounds more professional and the fifth example tasked with resolving issues in a timely fashion. So how does this sound coordinated with five account manages to drive down time to resolve issues, resulting in a 15% boost in key client retention. Here I've added again some extra details, and the details have made a statement more achievement based rather than task based. And that's the value of it reframing these statements so that they are achievement based. So whenever recruiter is reading the C V, they know exactly what you achieved and from your achievements, they can pretty much deduce what your skills are. What you are good at Here are the new bullet points. If you look closely, there's one main visual difference in my new bullet 10.4 months. Do you know what it is? Just have a look and think I'll show it to you in a second. Okay, here it is. I am heading members and symbols. So here they are again, and the benefits of these new bullet points is that visually, they make your CV stand out, and the content promotes your skills and achievements. This is very important to get the recruiter to read your resume rather than just skim through it. Here's a quick summary off what I have covered in this lesson. Instead of focusing on your day to day tasks which do not differentiate your CV from other candidates, Stevie's you should focus on actions that you took and the results you achieved. Each bullet point should present the clear and positive impact that occurred due to your efforts and add some symbols and numbers to your bullet points. They will make your CV stand out and make it more relevant and easy to read. So now I want you to go to your CV, look at your bullet points and see how you can improve on them, using the formulas that you have just learned in this lesson. 9. Power Words for your Bullet Points: welcome back In the previous lesson, you learned how to write effective bullet points here. I want to share with you a really valuable resource for writing your own bullet points here . The examples that I used in a previous lesson and all of these examples start with action words such as acquired, managed, collaborated, coordinated. So to help you in writing your own bullet points, I have created a pdf in which I share over 100 action words. You can use this as a guide to finding the best words to use for each bullet point. All the action words in the pdf I've divided into sections. Now defections are overlapping a little, so you can use the best word that suits your needs rather than be limited to the category that I have placed each word. Under this pdf is attached to this lesson. You should see a downloadable link in the resource area 10. Proven CV Templates: Hi, Tom. Here. In this lesson, I want to give you two free Fyvie templates. Now these templates, their formative all you have to do is fill in the blanks. These are templates that use the correct phoned, the proper phone sizes. The colors and headings are well formatted to look good. Thes air tried and tested templates, and they are guaranteed to work. So this is the first template. We've got a personal summary, followed by experience and then education. On the left hand column. We've got email and phone, which are the contact details, followed by languages and relevant skills. And then we also have interests, which is an important section to have. I like this template because it's a good use of space. Main sections on the right and then the less important sections but still relevant are on the left. Here's the template file that you can download. As you can see, it's just a filling the blanks type of template. Here's the second template at the top. We've got the personal details followed by education and then professional experience, and if we scroll down, we have languages and skills. Notice that this template, it's not fancy. It's not glamorous, it's just plain text. So why am I recommending this? Because the value is in the simplicity. It's very easy to read. Every section is form it'd and aligned so that it doesn't scare the recruiter away. Instead, it invites someone to read the C V. That's why I always recommend a nice, simple, well formatted CV. Now, alternatively, with this CV, we can also insert a picture over here. So here's how it looks with a picture. It's up to you if you want to include a picture or not. And here's the template that you are getting again. It's just a filling the blanks type of template. By the way, if you want to add a picture over here, all you have to do is there are two things. So let's just add a picture into the board document. So I wanted the picture, and it's messed up my former thing completely. So what I want to do is I want to make the picture of smaller, and now remember, we have to set the wrapping so we'll just click on former picture layout and in front off text. The wrapping style must be in front of text Now we can move it wherever we want. I will place it on the right inside. What? I suggest that you do, because if we've got a picture on the right inside this text, it looks nice if it is aligned on the left inside. So we'll click on home and change the alignment. Both of these templates, they are formatted using the principles that I have discussed in this course. I'm saying this because the reality is you can use any type of template you like, as long as you follow the principles off. Former thing that you learned in this course, any CV template will look great. But to make it easier, I have included these two free templates that you can use and you'll have a great CV that is tried and tested and is guaranteed to get you more interviews and get you a job much quicker. Thank you for watching