is clean, brief, easy to read and displays key information about you that can be learned in a quick glance. It can also be easily prepared and formatted without special apps.

Thanks to online job application portals like LinkedIn, Indeed, Glassdoor, MyCareersFuture, efinancialcareers, Google Careers, Facebook Jobs, Cultjobs, Jobstreet and more, anyone from anywhere in the world can send in an application. The ease with which one applies for jobs means human resource personnel and hiring managers now handle hundreds of job applications to pick their top interview candidates.

How then can your CV show you are a good candidate for the job in seconds?

1. Include essential information

Your CV is not an application form so only include your name, contact details, nationality and location. Other details like address, gender, grades, expected salary and even references will likely be filled out in an online form while you are applying. Save the space on your resume to showcase your professional achievements.

2. Keep it short

Use bullet points and keep language short and to the point to describe what you did and what you achieved. Use action verbs, past tense, nominalisations and quantify achievements where possible.

3. Summarise your profile and skills

Include a Summary as the first section in your CV to give a quick description about you. This is especially useful if a Cover Letter is not required. Skills are a quick way to summarise and link to keywords in the job ad to help you rank higher if an applicant tracking system is used to suggest profiles to the recruiter.

4. Have clear sections

The main sections are Contact Details, Skills, Summary, Experience and Education. Optional sections are Volunteer, Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs) and References, depending on your profile and the ad requirements. Title these sections clearly using different font sizes and colours with a healthy amount of white space. This helps readers to quickly scan for info about you. Feel free to use icons to break the wordy look of the document.

5. Use sidebars

Sidebars are an efficient way to display key information about you on the 1st page of your CV. For example, you are someone with 10 years of experience and have substantial achievements under each job experience. Yet, you also want to show how highly qualified you are for the position. Sidebars are a great place to show your education, awards and skills on the 1st page so that the recruiter sees it all on page 1.

6. Keep it plain

Less is more, really. Keep it simple, easy to read and to the point. Avoid coloured backgrounds, unnecessary lines or borders and pictures.

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