Searching for a job in Dubai isn’t easy but getting the right tools can make things a lot simpler. Find out what a good CV looks like by browsing through our version of a perfect CV.

A perfect resume should comprise of the below important components:

  1. Professional photo (optional not a compulsion, depending on the company requirements)
  2. Personal Information
  3. Contact details
  4. Short presentation about yourself
  5. Information on: internships / experience
  6. Impact of social media on your job search
  7. Additional Information on virtual interview links /username

Professional Picture

This is probably the most common question if we need a picture on our resume or not? We believe an employer shouldn’t judge a candidate with his or her appearance unless hiring for specific roles such as promoters / models etc. Depending on your circumstances, it can be no, maybe, or even yes. Or you can consider a creative solution for showing a prospective employer your smiling face. The traditional answer is NO, including a photo can make the quest to have a bias-free recruitment process more challenging.

Another option would be to include URL of your LinkedIn profile.  If you believe your appearance would be an asset for your target job, incorporating a link to your LinkedIn profile on your resume is a safe and acceptable way to showcase your looks.

Personal Information

Your personal information is the first opportunity to introduce yourself to a potential employer. You need to ensure the data is correct and has reliable references.

Personal information such as your hobbies/ interests if they are exceptional and does make an impact to the employer is worth the mention.

Many personal details are off limits for employers to ask during job interviews. It’s generally considered a good idea to also leave those pieces of information off your resume, as they’re not necessary and shouldn’t be used for the basis of the job decision.

Avoid common skills/ personality traits on your website

Does your resume contain any of the following?

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Team player
  • Hard worker
  • Results-driven
  • Detail-oriented

If so, get rid of it right away! These cliché buzzwords are overused on resumes, not to mention, they’re completely subjective! Sure, you may be a team player with excellent communication skills who works hard, but so is everyone else, according to their resume. You need to provide concrete evidence (in the form of accomplishments at your current or previous job) that proves these skills.

Contact details

Your contact information is necessary if you want potential employers to be able to get in touch with you. Listing different types of personal contact information clearly on the resume lets recruiters contact you via their preferred method. Personal contact information on resume headers usually includes your full name, mailing address, phone number and email address. You can also include information such as your complete name, right contact details, email address, link to your professional media such as LinkedIn.

Short Presentation about yourself

Do you remember an elevator pitch? The same concept can be used while making a perfect resume. A 30 seconds i.e. 3 to 4 liners about yourself that can include your job role, qualifications or even your passion. This grabs attention of potential employers to get an overview about yourself before even meeting you.

Avoid any information that discloses any differentiation on gender, age, nationality, marital status, children etc. Including such personal information will make the employer to have pre-conceived notion about you, before you actually make it to the interview.

When creating the CV, honesty is an asset, because the CV is usually gone through in the job interview as well.

Information on: internships / experience

A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a summary of your education and work experience. A good CV reveals to the employer at first glance whether you’re the right person for the position. That’s why a carefully devised CV is an important part of the job application. Information on your experience, skills, work history and references is crucial

As the need for professional talent grows, employers want to hire people who are able to make an immediate impact. The right job applicants understand their industry inside and out and have a track record of showing initiative. Knowing how to make a resume that stands out is the first step in proving to a hiring manager that you fit the bill and deserve an interview.

Impact of social media on your job search

In today’s digital era, having the right message conveyed on social media does impact the decision of the employers, especially while hiring a junior intern/employee. Social media giants such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter can influence the recruiters and create a vague image about you. So ensure you have the right information, status and blogs shared on your profile.

Even LinkedIn pages/ articles can be an influencer on hiring top managers. As its rightly said better (to be) safe than sorry.

Additional Information

Some additional do’s and don’ts to make a great resume

– Keep it short / one to two pages max

– Use the right font

– Avoid grammatical errors

– Use keywords that matches the job requirements

– Think like a recruiter

– Be proactive and customise your resume as per the job requirements

Good luck in your job search!

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