Author: Jerry Brennan
An attractive CV or resume can serve as your best recommendation. What steps can you take to create a crisp, clear portrait of yourself?
Business-related social media sites are a viable method of presenting yourself in today's connected world, and very often job seekers feel they no longer need to rely on their resume as the sole representation of their qualifications and experience. In the world of security executive search, however, a well-written resume or CV that correlates with your online presence remains the fastest way for us to position you in front of a client.
While social media sites can be a quick way for other recruitment firms to mine candidates, they also have the effect of stripping out the personal voice that comes through in a well-crafted resume. Organizations that engage Security Management Resources® want to see the approach candidates take to their own primary branding piece. Often a recruiter or hiring manager will judge you by the appearance and content of your resume alone. You should plan to craft one that is brief, clear and causes someone to know instantly that you deserve attention.
SMR provides its clients with candidate summaries that further outline why an individual should be considered amongst the top security talent for a position. These documents bring your resume or CV together with other assessments and observations. Keep in mind that ethical recruitment firms are contractually restricted from writing or modifying candidate resumes. You should have a final CV or resume available for this step that is tailor-made for the position you're interested in.
Now that you understand why your CV or resume is your main marketing document, here are seven key points to consider when creating it:
Pay Attention to Design
To test if you have achieved this goal, give your CV or resume to a colleague or friend. Allow him or her to view it for 20 seconds and ask for the overall impression. It should be instantly apparent that this is a document that deserves further consideration.
Consider the Medium
Your nicely-formatted CV or resume may be scanned, emailed, faxed, compressed, uploaded, downloaded and viewed in any number of software packages. Depending on the country in which it's received, it may be printed on various paper sizes. Keep these possible issues in mind and use a relatively simple formatting pattern.
Write for the Audience
Your CV or resume will be reviewed by people with wide-ranging backgrounds and agendas. While a search firm like SMR that specializes in security recruitment might immediately understand what you're trying to convey, you should appeal to a wider audience. Talent acquisition generalists may have no knowledge of what sets one security management candidate apart from another. Do not use too many acronyms or abbreviations.
A CV or resume is not your autobiography. Often people with backgrounds relevant to security tend to offer lengthy descriptions of their experience to be truthful and precise. Too much information can cause you to be excluded. Leave your audience wanting more.
Everyone between you and your next job will check for discrepancies between what you have on your resume and what you've published online for global consumption. Ensure your social media sites are consistent with what is on your resume. Address and standardize any gaps or differences. Do not leave it up to the reader's imagination as to why there are any mismatched dates or missing time as speculation will never yield a positive result.
Customize for the Position
Writing a CV or resume is a tough job. If you are having a difficult time creating a clear, concise document, it is well worth the money to have a resume professional create one for you. Try to find someone who is familiar with your target profession. The result should be a solid base CV or resume that you can then tailor for each position. To customize, select key things you have achieved across your career that are relevant to each position and include them.
Include Contact Information
Surprisingly, people often omit information that makes them findable. Ensure that your name, address, telephone numbers (clearly marked as work, home, mobile) and email are available.
Creating a solid, master CV or resume is a challenge. The reward is the simplicity it will deliver to your job searches going forward. Presenting your experience and qualifications in a way that is tailored to each recruitment will position you as a compelling candidate for both search firms like SMR and our client companies.
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