Most people in business are familiar with SMART goals. This simple acronym can also be applied to resumes and CVs – both your own and those of job candidates.
SMART becomes an easy checklist that will save you a lot of time. Ask yourself if the resume is:
Specific – detailing achievements of the individual, not just their team or department and not too vague or generalised;
Measurable – there should be facts and figures to back up the achievements. For example, ‘increased client base by 20% in 2 years’;
Accurate – provides information that can be substantiated. For example, academic transcripts, references;
Relevant – the information supplied links directly to the role;
Timeframed – dates are given for different jobs, study, etc, and all time periods are taken into account.
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