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Resume Tips – Resume Layout and Design of Resume is important

Resume Layout and Design of Resume is important

Maintain different version of your Resume and different Resume Layout, a short one as an appetizer, a general one to include most of your skills and experience and a long one which includes everything you have made.

These different versions should look alike with different Resume Layout so that you can start out with the short version and send a more detailed version if you are asked to do so. It is also useful to have online versions of your Resume. Using Comoto you have that automatically, you can even put a password on them so that only people you want to see them will be able to see them.

There is not only on advice here when talking about layout and design. For instance, within the financial sector a layout with funny graphical details in it will be a show stopper in many cases, they would in many cases see that as unprofessional. On the other hand if you are working within Marketing/Branding a basic textual Resume would be seen and boring. So it is important for you to make the design layout reflect you as a person and the area you are working in.

With Comoto you can do this automatically, you have all you detailed information in the database and you can have different layout for different positions or companies. Just by the press of a button you have a new design.

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Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your Resume and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto Resume, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your Resume and finally export to your favorite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your Resume. Notice other unique features – like multiple resumes – a few clicks and you can create a Resume targeted for a specific job or Export to many different formats.

Resume Tips – Resume Phrases to use in your Curriculum Vitae

Useful Resume Phrases for your Resume

Though every Resume should be unique, it is always good to user what is called Resume Phrases, Power or Action words. These words can be used in a wide variety of ways, but when you describe the successes you have achieved in your Work Experience they are a must. Here, we show you some of the Phrases that can be used and how they can be incorporated in your Resume. A previous article was made with a list of these words to give you an overall idea.

Here we will try to put them together in some phrases for your use. As always it is good to use these words, but don’t overdo it, use them with caution and don’t use the same for all your achievements.

  • Accomplished a turnaround of…
  • Centralised the management of…
  • Completely redesigned the…
  • Stimulated the growth with…
  • Gained widespread experience in
  • Motivated a group of…
  • Participated in group management…
  • Assisted with the creation of…
  • Examined the benefits of…
  • Established a team of knowledge workers…
  • Obtained the majority of customers…
  • Surveyed the creation of…
  • Formulated the overall strategy…
  • Managed the…

This is just a small portion of what to do with these power/action words, only to give you an indication of how to use them.

Resume Tips – Use your skills and resume keywords with success

Use your skills and resume keywords with success

Employers/Recruiters uses skills and resume keywords when searching databases for a new employee. They are only human as well; they search for the skills and experience they want in a person. Be sure to use the Skills in Comoto to get all the skills you have, in your Resume.

You could say that they use these skills/keyword to create a longlist of people who could be interesting, after that the read through these persons and create a shortlist of interesting people, which they want to look at.

So being a Resume writer you should be aware of the following things:

  • Include all relevant Skills/Keywords in your Resume
  • Avoid putting skills/expertise’s in there that you don’t have

Remember that after you get the job, the employer has a good overview of what you can do, so don’t disappoint them.

Using the Skills tabs in Comoto either on you as a person or on every experience or education you might have, that gives the employer and you a perfect overview.

The Comoto Team

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your Resume and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto Resume, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your Resume and finally export to your favorite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your Resume. Notice other unique features – like multiple Resumes – a few clicks and you can create a Resume targeted for a specific job.

Resume Tips – Curriculum Vitae Action Words and Resume Power Words

Resume Tips – Curriculum Vitae Action Words and Resume Power Words

resume Power WordsCurriculum Vitae Action Words:

Action words are used to put extra power in your Resume. These words are resume power words that put that special something into your Resume, and can make it stand out from the crowd.

It is important that you show yourself as being determined and in control by using these action words in your wordings and phrases. They work well when you describe what you have achieved in your Career.

  • Accomplished
  • Achieved
  • Acquired
  • Addressed
  • Administered
  • Advised
  • Analysed
  • Approved
  • Arbitrated
  • Arranged
  • Assembled
  • Assessed
  • Assisted
  • Attained
  • Audited
  • Bought
  • Budgeted
  • Built
  • Calculated
  • Captured
  • Centralised
  • Changed
  • Checked
  • Collected
  • Combined
  • Completed
  • Composed
  • Conceived
  • Conducted
  • Consolidated
  • Consulted
  • Contacted
  • Contracted
  • Controlled
  • Converted
  • Coordinated
  • Corrected
  • Corresponded
  • Counselled
  • Created
  • Cut
  • Decreased
  • Defined
  • Delivered
  • Demonstrated
  • Designed
  • Detected
  • Determined
  • Developed
  • Devised
  • Diagnosed
  • Directed
  • Discovered
  • Distributed
  • Documented
  • Doubled
  • Drafted
  • Edited
  • Eliminated
  • Employed
  • Encouraged
  • Engineered
  • Ensured
  • Established
  • Estimated
  • Evaluated
  • Examined
  • Expanded
  • Exposed
  • Extracted
  • Facilitated
  • Forecasted
  • Formulated
  • Founded
  • Generated
  • Guided
  • Handled
  • Identified
  • Implemented
  • Improved
  • Improvised
  • Increased
  • Informed
  • Initiated
  • Initiated
  • Inspected
  • Inspired
  • Installed
  • Instigated
  • Instituted
  • Instructed
  • Interpreted
  • Interviewed
  • Introduced
  • Investigated
  • Judged
  • Launched
  • Lead
  • Lectured
  • Led
  • Liaised
  • Located
  • Machined
  • Maintained
  • Managed
  • Marketed
  • Modernized
  • Monitored
  • Motivated
  • Negotiated
  • Observed
  • Obtained
  • Operated
  • Organised
  • Performed
  • Planned
  • Prepared
  • Presented
  • Processed
  • Produced
  • Programmed
  • Promoted
  • Provided
  • Published
  • Purchased
  • Recommended
  • Recorded
  • Recruited
  • Redesigned
  • Reduced
  • Reorganised
  • Replaced
  • Represented
  • Researched
  • Resolved
  • Restored
  • Reviewed
  • Revised
  • Scheduled
  • Selected
  • Served
  • Sold
  • Solved
  • Specified
  • Standardised
  • Started
  • Stimulated
  • Strengthened
  • Structured
  • Studied
  • Supervised
  • Supplied
  • Supported
  • Surveyed
  • Tested
  • Trained
  • Translated
  • Uncovered
  • Upgraded
  • Used
  • Utilised
  • Verified
  • Widened
  • Won
  • Wrote

The Comoto Team

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your Resume and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto Resume, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your Resume and finally export to your favorite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your Resume. Notice other unique features – like multiple resumes – a few clicks and you can create a Resume targeted for a specific job or Export to many different formats.

Resume Tips – Not too Long, but neither too short – Resume length

Not too Long, but neither too short – Resume length

How long should a perfect Resume be? This is always a tough question. Different experts give you different answers regarding resume length, and it also depends on the job you are applying for, and the expertise the employer is asking for. Some experts would say a one pager is the perfect length. Unless you have few skills and experiences to share and are new to the job market other experts say this is too small for a Resume.

A rule of thumb would be to have just enough information in there to give the employer enough information to want you to come to the job interview, and then you can give more information or just more detailed information. Read the job ad and all the skills or experience they ask for should be in your Resume if you have these skills/experiences. Be honest and don’t oversell yourself.

If you are for instance in the medical or science area a Resume can be very long. Resumes of 40-50 pages have been seen, with all relevant information about the skills, experiences and project you have made. Try to summarize, but include the most obvious things. It is better to write a smaller Resume and tell more at the job interview than to make the employer/recruiter fall asleep reading your Resume.

When using Comoto, it is easy for you have multiple Resumes of different length, just include everything you know and use only the specific things when you create the Resume for the job of your dreams.

Resume Tips – Spell Check

Spell Check

One thing you should do before you send your Resume, is to make sure you give it a spell check. You can use build in version in your word processing software.

After you have done this spell check it, have someone else read the Resume. Just to make certain that you haven’t given wrong information or to ensure that the text is readable and easy to understand. A spell checker can easily give you a wrong “security” in the sense that it doesn’t check for wrong words used in a sentence. It is also important that you get a second opinion on your wordings and the way you write things.

Leave your Resume alone, and read it again after a while to be sure nothing slipped your eyes. As your Resume could be responsible of you getting the job of your dreams it is better to be safe than sorry.

In our application at Comoto we are constantly working to improve the services, and one project in our pipeline is to include a build in spell checker in Comoto, we will give you information when this has been finalized.

The Comoto Team

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your Resume and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto Resume, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your Resume and finally export to your favorite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your Resume. Notice other unique features – like multiple resumes – a few clicks and you can create a Resume targeted for a specific job or Export to many different formats.

 

 

Resume Vocabulary

Resume Vocabulary:

CV (Curriculum Vitae)

A summary of your work experience and education, used for job applications

Resume

American English term for a Resume (typical a two-pager – often smaller than a CV)

Cover Letter

The letter you send with your CV, with the reasons for you to apply for the vacant position with this particular company

Reference

A formal letter from an employer, describing your character, ability and experience

Referee

The named person who provide a reference for you

Background

The whole of one’s education, training and experience

Bi-lingual

Able to use two languages with equal ease

Mother tongue

The language first learned by a person; native language

Native speaker

A person having a specified native language: a native speaker of English

Career

An occupation or profession, esp. one requiring special training, followed as one’s lifework

Work Experience

Knowledge or practical wisdom gained from what one has observed, encountered, or undergone in the work life

Date of birth

The day on which one was born, usually as day/month/year

Education

Training and instruction at school, university etc.

Interest

An activity outside work in which one is interested or concerned; hobby

Job objective

The kind of work or challenge that one is looking for

Miscellaneous

Various; mixed [e.g.: nationality, languages spoken, marital status]

Native language

The language one first learned to speak; mother tongue

Qualifications

The education and experience that make one suitable for a particular job

Skill

Ability, expertness or aptitude in a particular activity [e.g.: language skill]

Training

The process of learning a particular SKILL [e.g.: sales training]

Position

A post of employment: a position in a bank

Vacancy

An unoccupied position or office: a vacancy in the company

Candidate

A person who seeks a job at a company: a candidate for the sales vacancy

Job interview

An interview to determine whether an applicant/candidate is suitable for a position of employment

Applicant

A person who seeks a job at a company: an applicant for the vacant position

Certificate

A document serving as evidence or as written testimony, as of status, qualifications, privileges, or the truth of something

Diploma

A document given by an educational institution conferring a degree on a person or certifying that the person has satisfactorily completed a course of study

Curriculum Vitae

Is a latin expression which can be loosely translated as “course of life”
Background Check Is the process of looking up and compiling criminal records, commercial records and financial records (in certain instances such as employment screening) of a candidate before employing him/her

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Common writing errors: Two / Too / To

Common writing errors: Two / Too / To

Sometimes mistaken and sometimes just misinterpreted.
  • Two is the number that most people get right
  • Too means also or overly. You like the barbecue sauce, and I do too. I ate too many burgers. These trousers are too big. (Well, maybe not, after all those French fries.)
  • To means well everything else, according to Webster’s dictionary, to has over 20 usages. To give some ideas please see below: 1. (used for expressing motion or direction toward a point, person, place, or thing approached and reached, as opposed to from ): They came to the house.
    2. (used for expressing direction or motion or direction toward something) in the direction of; toward: from north to south.
    3. (used for expressing limit of movement or extension): He grew to six feet.
    4. (used for expressing contact or contiguity) on; against; beside; upon: a right uppercut to the jaw; Apply varnish to the surface.
    5. (used for expressing a point of limit in time) before; until: to this day; It is ten minutes to six. We work from nine to five.
It’s also part of the famous line: To be, or not to be.
Which two/too/to is the correct one in any given situation? Well I could say “that is the question!”

The above is part of the Tips and Tricks section for Resume writing on Comoto.

Common writing errors: They’re / Their / There

Common writing errors: They’re / Their / There

They’re
is the contraction for They Are. You make it the same way you make don’t (do not), it’s (it is), and you’re (you are).
There is a place.  Look over there. Note it has “here” in it, which is also a place:  There.
Their is a possessive pronoun.  It has “heir” in it.  If Bob and Jim are heirs according to [statute/statue] then the money is theirs.
They’re is the contraction of “they are.”
Their is the possessive – things that belong to them or that they have. Their hats are on their heads. (They own hats and they have heads – which is a good thing, otherwise the hats would have been a waste of money.) It is their intention to get to class on time. (They have an intention, and it includes getting up when the alarm rings. They may not pull it off, but they mean well.)
There answers the question “where?” It refers to place (I live there) and direction (I’m going there).Thereis also used with the verb “to be” (wasn’t I just there?), as in: there is very little time; there are several options; there be whales here(Okay, nobody says that last one any more).
Therecan be used to express satisfaction (There! I finished it.); or dismay (There! Now you’ve done it!); or sympathy (There, there. It’s all going to be okay.) And that’s where we came in…

The above is part of the Tips and Tricks section for Resume writing on Comoto.

Common writing errors: Difference Between “i.e.” and “e.g.”

Common writing errors: Difference Between “i.e.” and “e.g.”

Do you know when to use i.e. and when to use e.g.? If not then read the text below to get a better and more correct Resume. Avoid these simple writing errors !

What’s the difference between i.e. and e.g.?

Unless you have studied Latin or studied the English language in depth, it might be a surprise for you to learn that the abbreviations i.e. and e.g. actually mean different things.

  • e.g. means “for example” and is derived from the Latin “exempli gratia”
  • i.e. means “that is” and is derived from the Latin “id est”

Terms of usage with some examples

i.e. There are 6 cars in the parking lot, i.e. Buick, Toyota, Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar and Subaru. (a complete list of the colors)
e.g. There are 6 cars in the parking lot, e.g. Mercedes, BMW and Jaguar. (an incomplete list of the colors)
Use i.e. when you are stating the 6 cars in another way Use e.g. when you are giving examples of them.
i.e.
He had to deliver ASAP, i.e. As Soon As Possible
e.g. Acronyms are words where each letter stands for a word, e.g. ASAP which means “As Soon As Possible”
Use i.e. when you are explaining the definition Use e.g. when giving an example in most cases
Latin abbreviations are italicized, but in this case there is no agreement throughout the Grammar gurus. Some say it needs to be italicized and some say that they are so commonly used there is no need to do that.

The above is part of the Tips and Tricks section for Resume writing on Comoto.
The Comoto Team

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your Resume and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto Resume, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your Resume and finally export to your favorite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your Resume. Notice other unique features – like multiple resumes – a few clicks and you can create a Resume targeted for a specific job or Export to many different formats.

Why does it have to be a fulltime job to be unemployed

Why does it have to be a fulltime job to be unemployed / searching for a new job?

If you have been so unfortunate to loose your job or leaving your current position you are facing the tedious job of both building or updating your Resume and adding that information to numerous Resume databases. But why does it have to be a fulltime job to be unemployed?

You will soon find out that this is very time-consuming and is both boring and frustrating as it is not in any way structured or standardized – and I postulate that either you lose your temper and get irritated but finalize the information or you might lose your overview of what you entered at what Resume database!

At Comoto we would love to help you making it easier and to stay in control of your Resume dialog thus creating your Curriculum Vitae (or CV – see the difference here) faster than you would have thought was possible:

  1. Sign up and create a profile here
  2. Use your LinkedIn profile to create your first draft Resume (it would take less than a minute – 32 seconds would be a qualified guess)
  3. Add information to your Resume (Remember – get evaluated on a full Resume instead of a relationsship profile) (Take a look at our Resume Tips here, if you need some help building your Resume)
  4. Choose one of our Resume templates (complete version) to create a word file and use that word file to cut and paste information to each Resume database to ensure the same information is in all Resume databases (Creating a PDF version is a matter of seconds – different designs add a few more seconds)
  5. Consider saving the Word file with an appropriate name (Resume Database name XX.XX.XX) if you have changed the usual information or have added information. You can upload that information to Comoto. A Similar approach is recommended when applying for a job, mailing a cover letter and an application (Please notice our unique multiple CV feature to target each Resume to the current job/position)
  6. Create a web profile from your Resume to be able to send a link when meeting somebody you think might be able to help you in your job searching process (Stay in control by having a password on your web profile – a web profiles is a copy of one of your multiple Resumes and can also be targeted to the actual position).

Resume Tips – Maintain multiple versions of your Resume – multiple resumes

Maintain multiple versions of your Resume – multiple resumes

Many people have or can have more than one role, this is often the case if you have one type of education, and have used this education in a specific area of work. For instance being a software developer within the area of Accounting for many years. Here you have several skills/expertise that could meet the criteria for different types of jobs. You could be a very good developer, project manager which specializes in accounting or even have experience to work with accounting then you and need multiple resumes.

Having more than one Resume is extremely easy in Comoto, you can have as many as you like, and the information can even be inherited from one Resume to another, then you only have to maintain the differences in the Resume.

The Comoto Team

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your Resume and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto Resume, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your Resume and finally export to your favorite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your Resume. Notice other unique features – like multiple Resumes – a few clicks and you can create a Resume targeted for a specific job.