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How to start a CV: 4+ sample introductory paragraphs

Writing your resume can seem overwhelming. After all, summing up your career on a one-page resume doesn’t come naturally to most people.

Like many things in life, getting started is the hardest part. In this guide, we walk you through how to start a CV so you can move your job search forward.

Contents

  1. How to start writing a CV
  2. How to choose the best CV introduction for you

How to start writing a CV

You might think you should start your CV by writing an introduction, but you should actually leave it until the end. Here’s how to start writing your CV:

1. Write all the sections except the CV introduction

An introduction to the CV narrows down the most important aspects of your experience into a concise presentation to the hiring manager. So write the other parts of your CV first. Then choose the points from each part to include in the introductory paragraph of your CV.

Here are the sections to write before starting your CV introduction:

2. Reread the job description

The first step in writing a good CV is to proofread the job description. Hiring managers list the exact qualifications they’re looking for in job postings. So make sure that the information on your CV matches the requirements listed.

Another reason to proofread the job description is to find skills-related keywords for your target position. Many companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to automatically remove applications that don’t include the skills they need.

Here is a job description with the keywords applicants should add to their resume highlighted:

How to start a resume job description

So explore the job posting for keywords to add to your resume and include them in a natural way.

3. Compile the relevant information

Once you’ve written the majority of your resume and studied the job description to see what skills and experience the hiring manager is looking for, compile the most impressive information about your career.

List the accomplishments relevant to the target position, as well as any physical and soft skills listed in the job requirements (e.g. computer skills, language skills, communication skills and interpersonal skills).

If an achievement you’re proud of doesn’t relate to the job you’re looking for, delete it.

Then you have to choose the best CV introduction. Here’s how to choose and write the best type of resume opening for your situation:

How to choose the best CV introduction for you

There are four CV layouts to choose from: CV Summary, Professional Profile, Career Objective, and Qualifications Summary.

Follow our ‘How to Choose a Resume Intro’ flowchart below to find out which resume intro maximizes your chances of getting hired:

how to start a resume infographic, with four types of resume intro and four examples

Now that you’ve decided on the introduction for your CV, let’s take a look at how you can tailor it to effectively promote your experience and skills.

Below we describe each CV introduction and show you how to write them. You will also find several CV introduction examples at the bottom. Click on the CV introduction that our flowchart recommends to get started:

Career plan

Infographic of Career Objective

Sample career goal (text version)

Career plan

Customer Service Representative with over 5 years of experience in providing customer service over the phone including sales, technical support and customer service. Familiar with major customer service and dispute resolution software, and have a positive attitude. Aims to use my proven skills as a member of the customer service expert team of (target company).

Career goals are great if you’ve just entered the workforce, or only have 1-2 years of experience. A good career goal tells the hiring manager what you’re looking for, what you have to offer, and why you deserve the job.

A career goal has four basic parts:

  • Years of work / internship experience and duties performed
  • The main qualities, skills and abilities you have that were advertised in the job posting (you must be able to prove these skills in the work experience section)
  • Relevant degrees, licenses and certifications you hold
  • A closing statement outlining your goal (i.e. how you plan to use your qualifications to help the business)

Summary of Qualifications

Summary of qualifications infographic

Example of summary of qualifications (text version)

Summary of Qualifications

  • Conversation in English and Spanish, being able to serve Spanish speaking customers
  • Outgoing and charismatic personality, easy to work with
  • Initiative carried out to retain customers, resulting in a 47% decrease in cancellations
  • Winner of Scottrade & # 39; s “Fastest Learner” award at the Utica branch in 2017
  • Fast and accurate typist (70 wpm)

A Qualifications Summary (also known as a Qualifications Summary) is best if you have many skills or accomplishments and are moving to a new industry. A Qualifications Summary contains 5-6 points emphasizing your:

  • Authority
  • Creativity
  • Efficiency
  • Recognition
  • Management
  • Communication

The order of the chips is up to you. However, we suggest that you list the most relevant and impressive ones first to catch the interest of recruiters.

CV summary

Resume infographic summary

Resume summary example (text version)

CV summary

History: 5+ years of telephone customer service experience

Typing: Fast and accurate typist (70 wpm)

Customer service: Received an average customer satisfaction rate of 85%

Leadership: Managed a team of 7 junior customer service representatives

A resume summary is the right option if you have a lot of professional accomplishments to highlight. Resume summaries are also versatile as they can be used if you are looking for work in the same industry or trying to enter a different one.

When writing your resume summary, you can use a 2-3 sentence or 5-6 bullet paragraph with sub-headings. Include a keyword (usually a relevant skill or achievement) and a phrase describing your accomplishments. Link all of the information in your qualifications summary with quantifiable data, like statistics, to back up your claims.

Resume profile

Resume Profile Infographic

CV profile example (text version)

Resume profile

Customer focused customer service representative with over 5 years of inbound telephone customer service experience. A Kayako expert, having trained several new recruits in the use of the software. Can memorize the entire range of company products and services, including prices and discounts. Received an average customer satisfaction rate of 85%.

A CV Profile (also known as a Professional Profile) is a blend of the best of a career goal and a summary of qualifications. Your CV profile should include four main points:

  • Years of experience
  • Specialty or function in which you are good
  • Transferable skills
  • Career Achievements

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