Most people in business are familiar with SMART goals but this simple acronym can also be applied to resumes and CVs whether they are your own or those of candidates you are considering for a job.
SMART becomes an easy checklist that will save you a lot of time.
Ask yourself if a CV does these 5 things:
A SMART resume should detail the achievements of the individual not just their team or department. Vague and generalised CVs that don’t provide specific details should be avoided.
There should be facts and figures in the CV to back up the achievements. For example, ‘increased client base by 20% in 2 years’.
The information provided should be substantiated by evidence. For example, academic transcripts and references.
The information supplied should link directly to the role.
The dates should be given for different jobs, study, career breaks and all time periods should be taken into account.
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