The best written CV is worthless if no one sees it!
In recent years it become increasingly popular to join the LinkedIn or Facebook social networking websites for professionals, where you may search for jobs and have your keyword-optimized, rich content profile with current CV. Hiring managers use them more frequently to consult your profile and supplement or check against the CV you send along. If you do not have an account, create one and include your social media link(s) on your CV.
However, you should manage your online presence and eliminate any photos and statements that could reflect poorly on you. From an employer’s point of view, someone who emphasizes partying on a social networking site is not focused on jobs and those who post complaints about work or colleagues are less desirable candidates. Online CV should not include sensitive information as they could show lack of respect for confidentiality and discretion.
Honors and Awards
Honors and awards are a great way of demonstrating important accomplishments and achievements for which you were recognized. Most of your CV will be a subjective representation of your skills, abilities, and accomplishments. An honor or award is proof of your success and adds solid, objective credibility to your CV.
Your impressive achievements should be listed throughout your CV. However, if you want to draw special attention to a few specific achievements and awards, then add an Honors and Awards section. This gives you an opportunity to focus the reader on your recognized achievements.
List all applicable professional and educational honors. You may want to include some detail if the award or honor is not easily recognizable to the reader. Avoid abbreviations that may not be clear - use "Summer Promotion Qualifier Award" rather than "SPQA Award."
Listing your Awards and Recognition
Make sure you describe the honor or award if it is not self-explanatory. Also, try to give your potential employer a sense of the competitiveness of the selection process. If you participated in a research and development project and were partially responsible for a discovery, invention, patent, or other innovation, include mention of this work in your Honors section or include a section titled "Publications and Patents."
Specific Advice for Students
Activities and honors demonstrate that you have made the most out of your college experience, taking advantage of clubs, organizations and/or athletics as well as your school's academic resources. Describing your extra-curricular activities can demonstrate positive personal characteristics in demand by today's employers. You can also show that you have developed organizational and leadership skills.
If you are not including Honors an Activities section, and have received an Educational honor or award, it should be listed under the proper degree in the Education section.
Check the spelling and grammar of your CV. Use the word processor's spell and grammar checker. If you are not confident of your ability to detect grammatical, punctuation and English or other language usage errors or if you need help in organizing your CV, send it to a professional for assistance.
Remember that your CV/resume must be targeted, scannable and generate hits. If you have a difficulty with your CV writing or resume writing instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use CV samples, CV templates, resume samples and resume templates or:
- "fill in the blanks" resume writing software.
Most recruiters expect to receive a cover letter together with your resume or CV.
So, prepare a cover letter convincing the reader why you are the best candidate for the interview.
If you have a difficulty with your cover letter writing use one of these:
Other Honors and Awards Info
Good luck with your honors and awards!