Honours and Awards
Honours and awards are a great way of demonstrating important accomplishments and achievements for which you were recognized. Most of your CV/resume will be a subjective representation of your skills, abilities, and accomplishments. An honour or award is proof of your success and adds solid, objective credibility to your CV or resume.
Your impressive achievements should be listed throughout your CV or resume. 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 honours. You may want to include some detail if the award or honour 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 honour 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 the 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 honours 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 the Honors and Activities section, and have received an Educational honour or award, it should be listed under the proper degree in the Education section.
Check the spelling and grammar of your CV or resume. Use the word processor's spell and grammar checker. If you are not confident of your ability to detect grammatical, punctuation and usage errors in English or other language or if you need help in organizing your CV or resume, send it to a professional for assistance.
Remember that your CV/resume must be targeted, scannable and generate hits. If you have 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 CV or resume.
So, prepare a cover letter convincing the reader why you are the best candidate for the interview.
If you have difficulty with your cover letter writing use one of these:
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Good luck with your honours and awards!