The resume is the first, and at most times the most important part of applying for a job. Since potential employers have to whittle down practically hundreds of applications to a few valid ones, they will have to base their narrowing down efforts using the resumes they have collected.
Studies have shown that about half of the employers decide to accept or reject job applications based on the related work experience listed in the resume. A third of the employers decide to reject or accept these job applications based on the layout design of these applications.
When preparing your resume, make sure it stands out among the rest. It should be the type that is appealing to the eyes, making the evaluating personnel want to read the resume. Step two is for you to make sure your resume lists the related work experience you have had in relation to the job you are applying for.
Avoid making your resume too long. It may make it irrelevant to the evaluator. Remember that the employer is a person to whom time is important. If your resume shows that you value his/her time while showing the most relevant information in the least amount of time, you will have won one important battle.
You may have had previous experience that may not be related to the job you are applying for. Some people keep many different versions of their resume for different job opening purposes. Make sure your CV is appropriate for the job. A one-size-fits-all resume may not be the best way to go since the employer will have the impression that your previous efforts have not been focused enough to produce any specialization on your part.
You may add your achievements, but make your statements factual and relevant. It does not do harm to advertise yourself, but make your advertisement matter-of-fact and not just hot air. You may want to skip on listing your weak points as the resume is not the avenue for such discussions.
Your employer will know if you have put enough time producing your resume. If he/she sees that you have put sufficient and thorough effort into your resume, he/she will assume that you will do the same in your work. This is a big plus for you. It is not uncommon for some people to spend days or even weeks polishing and buffing their resumes.