Having the right CV could be what makes the difference when going for that interview and landing that job you have been eyeing.
Having the right CV could be what makes the difference when going for that interview and landing that job you have been eyeing. So your CV should be spot on, something that winds up in the interview pile rather than the trash bin. How will you achieve this?
It all starts with knowing how to put together a successful CV, and its smoothing sailing from there. For this, you should understand that CV talks about the professional you and therefore the information should highlight your skills and experiences tailoring them to the job you want.
But what do you do when you fail to meet the right criteria? Below are some tips that can help you figure out how to create the best CV that will have a significant role in you landing your first job.
From a general perspective, there is no wrong or right way of penning a CV; nevertheless, some sections cannot go unmentioned, and this includes your personal information and contacts, qualifications, education, and work history (professional experiences). For the experience info, you can state everything or stick to only what's relevant to the job in question. Remember to include your hobbies, interests and a few references.
1. Get The Basics Right
2. Presentation Is KeyBesides it being written in correct grammar, format, and legible font, the CV should be printed on a clean piece of white A4 paper. Keep in mind the first sections the recruiter's eye will fall on in the middle part of the first page of your resume. Therefore, that is where the most vital information should be, and everything should be well structured and with a clean presentation. Avoid folding or crumpling the document. Always post the CV in an A4 envelope. Here are some great tips from Capita ITR.
3. Limit It To Only Two PagesWhat you write should send a clear and concise message passing the points without prevaricating. Pages and pages of paper do not express your professional qualifications; the recruiters are quickly viewed as a waste of time. Just keep things short and relevant giving an assurance that you are the right candidate for the job and you better your chances of a job interview.
Never think that you are the only applicant; the employer will have dozens of CVs to go through and giving yours a less impact by playing all the wrong cards is to your detriment. Most employers take a few seconds to go through a CV perusing the essential sections and the least information possible. So, a CV with more than two pages will only look like it is full of fluff.
4. Understand The Job DescriptionDetails of qualification are often included in every job vacancy ad, so take note of the details to use when putting together your CV. Create bullet points and highlight all that you believe satisfies the job application. You can note down the skill you have to fill in the areas where you are lacking.
For instance, the position might be for a salesperson; you can still mention your experience in retail work even if it was a short stint to get you some money through college. It will show your skills while also demonstrating that they are transferable.
5. Tailor The CV For The JobObviously, you will only send an application to a job that you understand its qualification requirements and professional demands. How else will you develop a CV tailor to suit the work role? Generic CVS, just forget such things. Always give every new CV you send a unique feel and not a copy-and-paste of the last one.
Come up with something unique for every opportunity you apply for, and this is not to say that you must re-write the entire thing. The details are the same, so adapt what is relevant to the job you are applying for.
6. Making The Most Of Skills & InterestsYour CV should not room in the skills section to mention your key skill set. Such information will set you aside from other applications. It could be information such as team working, speaking a foreign language, communication skills, problem-solving, or IT skills.
If you do not know where to start when listing your skills, just think about the things you have done and the far you have grown. For instance, your time spent with a voluntary group or as a member of the local sports team; you can identify your skills from the unlikeliest of places.
Under the interests' section of your CV, list things that highlight the skills gained that you believe the employer is looking for. Mention positions of responsibility are showcasing personal initiative as a professional and working as a team player. For example, you might have started a kids' weekend softball league that became a success.
Include information that showcases your interested diversity, and skills. Avoid passive interests such as those of solitary hobbies because they show a lacking in people skills. The objective is to make yourself sound as exciting as possible.