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We're excited you're interested in joining Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of businesses. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just getting started in your career, we look forward to learning more about your background, experience, and interests though our hiring process. Take a few moments to review the information below for tips on how to improve your CV and get better results as you pursue a career with us.

10 Tips to Improve Your CV & Get Better Results

In today’s ultra-competitive job market, the importance of putting your best foot forward – via a stellar CV – is more important than ever. As a global leader, UnitedHealth Group receives a multitude of CV's for our open positions. Your challenge is to create a CV that not only well represents all of the education, experience and creative vision you can bring to our company, but which also stands apart from and above the competition. And we can help.

The following is a list of tips and guidelines to help you prepare a dynamic CV that can help get your foot in the door and propel you to a career with greater possibilities and rewards. Good luck. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Determine your objective. Clearly understand what you want in your career and take the time to form a clear and obtainable objective. Also understand what skills and experience are needed to do well in a particular position. You can structure the content of your CV around that objective.
  • Be clear and concise. You want us to be interested enough to contact you for an interview. Simply put yourself in the shoes of the CV reader - what would you be looking for in a candidate?
  • Use bulleted sentences. CV's are read quickly so key phrases should stand out. Bulleting information will help us view your accomplishments at a glance--you can go into the details during the interview.
  • Use active language. Words like prepared, managed, developed, monitored, and presented make your resume stand out and make us recognize you are an energetic and enthusiastic candidate who makes things happen.
  • Highlight your strengths. Put the strong and most relevant points first. This is your hook for the reader, the rest of your CV reels them in.
  • Match our need. Review job descriptions on our site and match prevalent words to the bullet points in your CV. Chances are you possess many of the attributes already, so add them to your CV.
  • Be positive. Be relevant. Negative comments don’t belong on your CV. Focus on the duties in your current job that support your objective. Leave out personal information like your race, weight, and height.
  • Create a concise format. A CV should be limited to one page unless you have more than 7 years of work experience. Make certain you’re using the space to your full advantage. The font size should be no smaller than 10 point, standard serif or sans serif fonts with plenty of space between lines and in the margins.
  • Get an outside opinion. Many online CV writing services will review and polish your file, although you’re the only person who can truly personalize your CV to fit your objective. Before you send it off, have a friend or mentor read through it for final input with a fresh perspective.
  • Make sure to use the right keywords. Most companies (even smaller ones) are already using digital databases to search for candidates. This means that the HR department will run search queries based on specific keywords, which are typically nouns. Be sure to check the job description and related job ads for key words and terminology that are used and update your CV to match.


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