If your current CV or resume is not generating interview offers you want, it is time to start assessing it. Check to see that following descriptors apply: *Begins with a succinct, clearly stated career objective tailored to particular job for which you are applying. *Highlights how your skills and qualifications match company's specific needs.
*Employs appropriate titles for previous jobs to demonstrate clearly that you are suitably qualified for advertised position.
*Gives a concise description of your previous employers - their products, services, industry, etc. - and your role in company.
*Uses PAR statements to describe your accomplishments. P identifies 'problem' you faced; A describes 'action' you took to solve problem; R describes 'result' of action you took.
*Quantifies your accomplishments using numbers, percentages, etc.
*Makes effective use of key words and phrases contained in job advertisement to describe your skills and areas of expertise.
*Every sentence starts with an action word, for example: "increased production by 20% while saving £200,000 in operating costs" Examples of effective action words are: compiled, conducted, created, designed, developed, established, implemented, introduced, invented, maintained, negotiated, operated, organized, produced, and published.