A clear and concise CV
What companies prefer in a resume is that it is easy and fast to read. A significant advantage considering that a recruiter will spend 15 seconds on this type of document. The CV that has a rather classical form with bullets and sections to detail the responsibilities in the positions they have held. It should maintain the merit of being clear and precise. Everything within your CV should be designed for easy reading.
Show you affected your previous workplaces
Show what differences you have made to the companies previous, including how you affected sales, production, procedure and management. This shows that you care about the wellbeing of the company you are entering.
Reflect your qualities through your CV
Your resume must deliver information that is well sorted with just the right style and flavor to suit the industry you are entering. So for example if you are applying for an engineering position then the candidate should create a CV showing his/her rigor and details. Show you have the qualities through your CV alone.
Don’t get creative
It is the speed of reading that is important to an employer, and so despite thinking that creative is better, it is far less important to an employer than the ability to quickly pick up interesting information.
Put old or less important information at the bottom near the end
Better still, consider leaving old information out. They can always ask you where you were employed 20 years ago when they interview. You may be applying to be a teacher, so do they need to know about your experience serving drinks in a Casino when you were in your late teens?
Make your objective clear
Be sure you have summarized your experience in two lines for every (relevant) job you have had, whilst revealing what you want today. So for example you worked in a jewelry shop to get experience in the trade, and now you wish to become a jewelry designer or rep.
Experience first, training first
Both are as important as each other, so make sure you mention all the experience you have and then connect it to the role you are applying for. Also mention all the training you have, even if it is NOT relevant. For example you may be applying to design things in CAD. In between your list of training, it will not harm your case to mention that you did a food and hygiene level 1 & 2 four years ago. It is not relevant, but you will be surprised how often an employer will link them to the role. For example, the employer may be designing fridges for burger vans, and his other employees are not putting removable trays in the bottom because the food hygiene part of their thought process is not fully formed.
Clear, legible and structured
On two pages is nice, where the candidate shows three different sections: professional experience, training and skills.
Make start and end dates of contracts exact
Give the exact dates of beginning and end of each employment contract. This detail may seem unimportant but is very important because it is safer for recruiters. Employers will prefer a person whom does not try to cover their tracks or hide a hole in his/her career.