Resume writing tips: the basics

Let’s face it, resume writing is hard work. Knowing what to write, how to write it and how much to write can be a challenge. A resume, or CV, is the very first opportunity you have to make a lasting impression on a prospective employer, so don’t waste it. We have put together some tips to help get you started.

Don’t forget important info 

We regularly contact candidates for additional information that should really be on their CV. Make sure your resume includes your full name, personal email, mobile, address and date of birth. If you’re prepared to relocate, it’s handy for us to know your marital status, where you live now, and who with (husband/wife, children). The more information we have, the easier it is to find suitable roles for you.

Professional experience 

Ensure that your employment history is listed in chronological order, with the most recent position at the top. Each listing should be clear, concise and include the following;

– Dates of employment (month, year)
– Job title and company
– Size of department (ROs per day, sales achievements)

Keep it real

If you describe yourself as creative, you had better have some examples to back it up. Also, be realistic. Some say it takes around 10,000 hours of practice in a particular field for someone to become an expert, so consider whether other people would consider you to be an expert, guru or master before using these terms in your CV. Be modest and accurate, and use terms of authority sparingly, especially if you don’t have the experience to back them up.

Avoid using too many adjectives

Whilst you need to describe your skills, attributes and knowledge, there are some words you should avoid. This article details eight words to avoid and why.

I’ve never needed a resume

Lots of people in the automotive industry have secured every job they’ve ever had by simply walking into a dealership. This trend is disappearing and the need for a resume is increasing.

Once you’ve created your CV, you can register or update your details here. You will receive job alerts for positions suited to your experience. We prefer your CV to be in Word format, as it allows our recruitment software to read your CV and import your details. We hope this article helps, and we look forward to receiving your new CV.