Resume Words To & To Not Use

We’re talking about the importance of utilising ‘powerful’ cv and resume words today! A strong version of either of these documents will be packed full of these words, they’ll help you create the strongest, interview (and hopefully) job winning resume around!

People often make mistakes and choose the wrong / redundant words, which will drag the resume down and reduce its effectiveness.

I’m going to give you two excellent infographics, one from a company called Careerbliss and another called workNet DuPage.

Careerbliss are up first, with 20 power resume words that you should absolutely use:

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workNet DuPage are now going to give us the best of both worlds; the best and worst resume words to use:

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Both of these infographics are a few years old, but the words on them definitely still apply to resume’s these days.

Let us know which words you used; if you feel brave enough, then give us a preview of the sentence you used them in!

CV vs Resume – Differences & Which To Choose

So in today’s post, we’re going to be covering a question which I constantly see people asking online; the old ‘cv vs resume’ conundrum, what are the differences and which you should choose.

Let’s start this CV vs resume match off by talking about Britains most favoured type…

CV – A CV, otherwise known as the Curriculum Vitae, is an in-depth account of a person’s qualifications, education, previous careers, achievements and more. They will often be two or more pages long and will list the owners experience in a newest to oldest order.

Resume – A resume, often spelt résumé, is a brief but comprehensive overview of the applicant’s personal, education, professional qualifications and experience. It is designed to give a detailed summary of the owners qualifications for a particular job; the job seeker will often adapt the Resume for the position they are applying for.

A good resume will give the employer enough confidence to be able to want to bring the candidate in for an interview.

What’s the difference? – You’ve probably already worked out what the different between the cv and the resume are by what’s been said above. The differences that stand out the most are the length, format / layout and the purpose.

A resume is a quick summary of the owners skills and experience, carried across one or two pages, whereas a CV is more in-depth and is often longer than two pages.

A resume comes in a number of formats such as chronological, functional, and combination.

A CV is in chronological order, listing your entire career history; a resume’s order can be moved around to suit the job that the applicant is applying for.

The main difference between these two is the length; the resume is meant to be short, the cv is meant to be long.

The Internship and Career Center at UCDavis put together this quick and clear comparison table between the two:

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Which should you choose? – A CV is the done thing over here in Britain, the resume is more favoured in countries such as America and Canada.

You can also tell which to use by reading the advert carefully, you’ll be able to tell by the way it’s written and quite often it will say near the end which to submit.

I hope that this CV vs resume article has been useful for you; hopefully, you’ll be able to choose which one to utilise in your job search!

We’ll have more on both of these documents in the future, so make sure you’re subscribed to our blog and following our social channels, such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

The Ultimate CV Checklist

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The time has come to update your CV because you’ve decided that over the weekend you’re going to apply for some jobs!

We’ve put together this cv checklist to help you create an interview and hopefully job winning CV:

Is your contact information visible? 
You must, must, must have contact information somewhere on your CV. Use your name, personal address, email and telephone number/s (choose between home, mobile or both).

Ensure that your email address is appropriate as well; Hiring Managers and Recruiters won’t be impressed if you’re using something like “walrus_dandruff@hotmail.co.uk”. Make sure you also have a nice, professional voicemail set as well, just in case you miss any calls.

See our CV mistakes post for more info on the above.

What did you do and where? 
Ensure you’re displaying your most relevant qualifications, skills and experiences to showcase your ability to do the job. Sure, putting in your summer jobs when you were 16 in is nice, but an employer is really interested in the later / recent ‘good stuff’ that you have done.

Have you got a summary? 
This section is imperative and needs to include any achievements / qualifications that you are particularly proud of, but more importantly, should tell the employer why they should hire you. Get them excited about your skillset and how you could help them!

Have you tailored your CV? 
The chances of you getting an interview and maybe even the job could depend on this! Use strong keywords and strategic placements to tailor your CV to the job you’re applying for. Give them good reasons for offering you the job!

Have you spell and grammar checked? 
This is easy and only takes a minute or two; use the built-in Word spellchecker or Grammarly to check over your CV, it’s worth it!

Is it an appropriate length? 
Hiring Managers and Recruiters don’t want to spend time going through a 5+ page CV which lists absolutely everything that you’ve ever done in your professional career. Make it no longer than 2 pages if you possibly can!

Everything else:
Is it visually pleasing? 
Is it easy to read and not cramped? 
Is it all neatly aligned? 
Is each section clearly labelled? 
Have you checked the continuity of the fonts and sizes? 
Have you listed some interests? 
Have you included keywords, action verbs, buzzwords and industry relevant acronyms? 
Have you included a referees section? 
Does the content support your career goal? 

Does it feature a:
Contact info section? 
Personal profile / summary section? 
Employment history / work experience section? 
Education and training section? 
Interests and achievements section? 
References section? 

Finally, have you read it and have you had someone else read it? 

You should now have an excellent CV to use in your next job application!

If this CV checklist has helped you, then please leave us a comment!

Does A Designers CV Need To Be Well Designed?

Let’s create a Designers CV to win you the job!

So you’ve seen a creative / design based role online that you would like to apply for and now it’s time to give your CV a touch-up, but now you’re worrying about how creatively designed it actually needs to be!

As the need for more experienced and creative Designers rises, job seekers looking for a role in that arena will need to up their game when it comes to putting together a CV. You need to fight off the competition to ensure you get shortlisted for an interview!

You need to drum up interest in your CV by really putting your creative skills to the max, this CV needs to ideally be the best piece of ‘work’ you’re ever going to create.

If you are going to put something unique together, then you need to remember to include easy to read and informative details about yourself and your skillset. Don’t just put together something colourful and visually attractive; don’t forget that this is a CV, give it a good balance!

I thought I would show some of the most creative CV’s I’ve personally come across online whilst working here, they might even inspire you to create something similar:

This is a great one; Sid created this as a concept, but it was unfortunately never physically created, but it still demonstrates his skills and proficiency with graphics editing softwares. His 2004 CV isn’t too shabby (putting it lightly) either!

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This one is my favourite of the lot! Robby Leonardi, a multidisciplinary designer put together this video game themed CV to showcase himself to the ‘player’. If you’re a Designer and coding expert like Robby, then you need a CV like this!

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Zhi Liang has put together this excellent infographic CV, it’s definitely another excellent one that stands out from the crowd; it catches the readers eye straight away and (importantly) showcases his qualifications and skills without it looking messy and ‘crammed’.

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Here’s another infographic CV created by Gary Corr, which neatly unfolds into three different sections; one side pulls the reader in and then tells them to turn over, where they can find his education, work experience and more!

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This is another unfolding / folding CV that was put together by Amber Van Mieghem. If this fantastic opener doesn’t get the employers attention, then I don’t know what will!

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This final one features a great design on a milk carton! This is another concept creation, which (to my knowledge) I don’t believe was ever physically created, unfortunately.

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That’s it for this one! Hopefully you’re now inspired to create a glorious Designers CV which will win you the interview, and maybe even the job!

If you want to see more of these, then just go to somewhere like Pinterest and search for ‘CV designs’ or ‘creative CV’, for example, there are thousands more of these great creations out there!

10 Very Useful Career Infographics

Infographic for your thoughts?

I love a good infographic (career infographics to be precise) and frequently post them to our social channels; they provide quick and extremely useful pieces of information in a clear, precise and (usually) pleasing-to-the-eye way!

So, here are 10 career infographics which I felt were worthy of featuring; let’s begin: (please note that these aren’t in any particular order)

1. The Hottest Skills of 2015 on LinkedIn

If you’re wondering what to do with your life, be you a school leaver or even an experienced professional looking for a new career path, then this list will definitely point you in the right direction!

2. Modern Ways to Job Search

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It’s a few years old, but this post still provides very relevant and detailed information on how to go about searching for a job at present!

3. What’s Your Career Type?

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Take this one with a pinch of salt (maybe even a big spoonful, haha) as it may not be entirely accurate, BUT, it’s still fun to read and go through the different branches to see where you end up.

4. 10 Tips to Master The Phone Interview

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Hopefully, most of these should be a given to you already, but some of you may not have become a phone interviewing Jedi yet. Don’t despair though! Give this infographic a good read!

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5. Interview Preparation – The Decisive Factor

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Did you know that 93% of employability is determined by preparation and that only 1 in 10 candidates spends 2 hours of more preparing! I know that because I stole it from the article, haha. But seriously, interview preparation is EVERYTHING; it’s worth it, I promise you.

6. 17 LinkedIn Profile Must-Haves

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I’m a big advocate of LinkedIn (as you can tell by this one and some of my other blog posts) and why on earth wouldn’t you be?! It’s the largest business to business network in the world at your fingertips..for free! If you want to get noticed on LinkedIn though, you need to put in the hard work – again, this is worth it in the long run!

7. The Do’s and Don’ts of The Modern CV / Resume

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Here’s another modern-themed career infographic covering all of your cv need to knows and do’s! Despite being a published a while ago, it’s all still very relevant information that you should heed!

8. 15 Ways to Beat Procrastination

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Go on, admit it, you might have come across this article whilst procrastinating! It’s fine! It happens to the best of us! However, you wouldn’t be procrastinating if you were either in a job / in a job that you enjoyed. I personally found numbers 2, 4, 6 and 9 very useful.

9. Keep Calm and Beat Job Interview Nerves

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As Siofra mentions in this post, “it doesn’t matter how many job interviews you undertake” or what the level of position is, every single job interview you attend will be a nerve juddering experience. So that’s why EssayTigers came up with this great infographic to help you out!

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10. The Habits of Successful People Vs Unsuccessful People

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Want to succeed in life? Of course you do! Well, then it’s worth implementing these everyday habits into your routine! Transform yourself and see where it takes you!

That’s that! Finito! Remember that these are just a small selection of my favourite career infographics, I’ll have some more for you very soon! In the meantime, you can visit our LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook pages for more!

CV Mistakes To Avoid At All Costs!

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So, you’ve found a job (or jobs) that you’d like to apply for and now you need to tidy up and amend your CV! To help you out, I’ve put together a quick list of CV mistakes that you must avoid if you want a chance of securing an interview (and maybe even a job!), enjoy:

1. Do you know your ABC’s? – constantly check your grammar and spelling when compiling your CV! If your CV is full of these kinds of mistakes, it shows Mr or Mrs Hiring Manager that you don’t really care and will INSTANTLY put them off contacting you. Read it out loud, or get someone to check it for you! It helps! As well, download a tool called Grammarly; I’ve had this installed on my work PC for about a year and a half now and use it on a daily basis (I’m using it for this post!), I can’t live without it!

2. Turn into a format-esaurus – save your CV in an easy to open file type (Word – standard .doc, PDF, plain text); there’s nothing more annoying for an employer than having to convert an Applicants CV! Also, don’t use multiple fonts and sizes, keep it plain and simple – this CV fonts / formats infographic provides some very useful insights as to what you should and shouldn’t use.

3. Change is for the better – aka “one size fits all” – try to make small changes and amendments here and there to match the role that you’re applying for. For example, if you are applying for a Project Management vacancy which requires experience within a Construction environment and management of sub-contractors, and you know that you’ve done that before, then get it in there!

4. Using an inappropriate email address – believe it or not, in the short time I’ve been here, I’ve seen a load of unsuitable / inappropriate email addresses for jobs I’ve advertised (I won’t go into them). Please, don’t use your “idislikeyouverymuch@yahoo.co.uk” address. It takes just a couple of minutes to set a new address with a service like Gmail, it’s worth it!

5. (once again) Keywords, keywords, keywords!!!! – I mentioned this in
Tuesdays “Your LinkedIn Profile, Your Second CV” post (which I would highly recommend reading – it’s a masterpiece) and it’s also extremely relevant to your CV! If you don’t already know how modern job boards work, it’s all to do with the keywords that are in a candidate’s CV. We (as Recruiters) type in the keywords and skills that the client is looking for and the CV’s appear! So (for example) if you’re a Mechanical Design / CAD Engineer who is proficient using Solidworks, AutoCAD Mechanical, DesignSpark and IsoDraw, then get them in!Solidworks

I hope that this article has given you some useful tips; good luck writing your optimised new CV!