Get the interview: How to use your CV as a marketing tool

Reginald Wilson, founder and president of InGaj, presented CV tips at the 6th Annual Devex Career Forum in Washington.

“If I see ‘outside the box’ on your resume, it’s going ‘in the box,’” said Reginald Wilson, founder and president of InGaj.

A CV is a marketing tool to get you the interview, so avoid cliches whenever possible. Wilson presented these and other quick CV tips at Devex’s 6th Annual Career Forum in Washington March 28.

Wilson also noted that listing objectives at the top of a CV isn’t always the most effective way to market yourself, “especially when they say something like ‘I wish to leverage my personal abilities in management to overcome’ … you just gave me five seconds of absolute nothing,’” Wilson said.

Watch the video to learn what he recommended instead, as well as several ways to format your experience that every employer will appreciate.

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  • Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is an Associate Editor for Devex. Based on the U.S. West Coast, she works with Devex's team of correspondents and editors around the world, with a particular focus on gender. She previously worked as Devex’s Southeast Asia correspondent based in Bangkok, covering disaster and crisis response, resilience, women’s rights, and climate change throughout the region. Prior to that, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.

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