CV Guide

Step By Step Exec. Brief Technical CV

General CV Tips

Depending on the type of position you are applying for, you will have to decide which format of resume will work best for you and play to your strengths. The below will describe the main criteria to help you decide:

Vocational / Trade positions.

Employers looking for vocational personnel and tradesmen are interested in getting a feel for the personality of the candidates. It has been shown in studies that employers are more likely to select a candidate in the first 2 minutes of reading the CV. Therefore the summary of the resume is one of the most important part in selling yourself to your future employer. 

Personality buzz-words include: enthusiastic, personable, eager, self-motivated, quality orientated.

Administration / Service positions.

Employers looking for administrative or sales and service personnel are interested in the candidates ability to be pro-active and forward thinking. The training and jobs you have done are not enough on their own to show potential employers that you are what they are looking for. 

Therefore you should include key points of your training and employment that show you have improved the the performance of the company such as "responsible for increasing the sales figures in the western area by over 30 % in six months by using specific client based marketing".

Professional buzz-words include: innovative, pro-active, teamwork, meeting objectives, able to work independently.

Technical / Engineering positions.

Employers looking for Technical specialists are interested in good technical resumes, these being resumes that emphasise your technical and professional abilities to the finest details, including day to day activities and responsibilities. There is not a requirement for elongated personal details, interests and extra-curricular activities.

Another point, that differentiates Technical Resume's from other disciplines is the requirement for detailed CV's. One or two page CV's, the norm for many jobs, are not appropriate. Instead a narrative of your work experience starting with the most recent and working in chronological order would give you a much greater chance of success.

Please view our step by step guide to writing a good CV and other tips to get you ahead in the Job Market.