CV Writing: How to Write the Summary

How to Write a CV Summary



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CV Writing - How to Write a Summary


The Career Summary

Now that you have written words on paper regarding your career, you should think about the points that are relevant to your job target and delete those points that do not relate. Your Curriculum Vitae is a motivator - to make the reader to make an action - to place your CV on a pile for reading later or shortlist you for an interview.  it is a way to getting your foot in through the door. It is not intended to be a comprehensive story of your life.

Make sentences with your duties and responsibilities  on your CV and list them under each of your jobs. Combine related items to avoid short, choppy phrases. Try not to use personal pronouns in your CV (I, my, me). Instead of saying, "I organized and directed the timely and accurate production of code products ..........say, "Organized and directed. . . ." This is writing in the third person and makes your sentences more powerful .

Make your sentences positive, brief, and accurate. Since your initial goal is to get someone to place your Curriculum Vitae on the pile for in-depth reading later, remember to structure the sentences so they are interesting to read. Use verbs at the beginning of each sentence (designed, supervised, managed, developed, formulated, and so on) to make them more powerful (see the power verb list ). 

Make certain each word means something and contributes to the quality of the sentence. If you find it difficult to write clear, concise sentences, send your existing attempt / Curriculum Vitae to First Impressions where Mike Kelley, a professional Curriculum Vitae writer will assess it for you (there is a small charge for this service please refer to the home page).

CV Writing (Prioritize)

Now, go back to the sentences you have written for your CV and think about their order of presentation. Put a number 1 by the most important description of what you did for each job. Then place a number 2 by the next most important duty or accomplishment, and so on until you have numbered each sentence. Again, think logically and from the perspective of a potential employer. Keep related items together so the reader does not jump from one concept to another. Make the thoughts flow smoothly. Think about the "Power Verbs" that you should use on your CV, prioritize your achievements, using bullet points.

A computer might scan your CV - Curriculum Vitae or resume and look for keywords, but this is excuse for poor CV writing. Your ultimate goal is to entice a real person to read your CV, so keep the sentences interesting by using positive power verbs as above.