How to Make a Professional CV Resume

A CV is your ticket to get that interview, it is essential to ensure that you make it stand out from the rest - rather than thrown straight to the bin. Highlight your skills and experience tailored to the job you're applying for.  There's no such thing as standard or right or wrong, however in order to define your strengths - relevance is significant.
Here are some sections that you should cover:
  • Career summary or synopsis
  • Personal details and contact information
  • Education and qualifications
  • Experience - work history
  • Current training and achievements
  • Interest or hobbies
  • Professional and other references   
Details and presentation are the key, layout should be clean, well structured. As an applicant, always be ready with some hard copies printed on clean white plain paper.

Recruiters usually focus on the first upper lines of the CV. Put the most significant information there, be concise and be on-point. Do not put anything that you can't defend or explain, it will look impressive - yes. However, it will put you down - if you don't know how to expound those tasks or experience during interview.  A maximum of two pages are ideal, not more.  Check and double check your spelling.

Take note of the job description and tailor your CV based on the requirements.  The more relevant your experience to the job is, the more recruiter tick their checklist. Create a CV for every potential job, don't get lazy. If there are some qualifications that aren't applicable to you, fill it with other relevant know-how on training and or exposure.

Put your achievements instead of merely tasks of what you did in previous experiences. Make yourself sound interesting, copy-paste CV's are obvious, use words that are positive and easy to read.

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RAFAEL ROXAS is an OFW and Entrepreneur. He is an active digital nomad that helps individual, start-ups and SME's establish their brand. He started the project for Filipino community PinoyHow- Q&A, training and information hub.

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