Most of us think of our CV as a generic document where we document all our skills and experience and start applying for jobs. In this digital world your CV is not just a ‘Curriculum Vitae’ it’s also a marketing document that has one aim which is to GET THE JOB.
CV writing can be a difficult task but don’t forget your CV is the first thing a recruiter sees when you apply for that dream job. This is just a matter of seconds before they decide if you are suitable or not for the role. So, it’s an absolute essential to represent yourself out there and stand out, in order to receive that first screening call from your potential employer.
Here are a few quick points below to help you write a standout resume:
- Tailor It:
TAILOR IT… Can’t stress this enough. Like Superman can’t solve all the world’s problems!! One general CV is not suitable for all the jobs you are applying for. Go through job specifications and highlight your skills and experience accordingly. Pick up keywords and show how you are the perfect fit for the role.
- Structure It:
Looks are as important as details here. Structure your CV in such a way that the recruiter finds it easier to understand your story. Remember your CV may be viewed by a recruitment agency, internal recruiter, HR, hiring manager or all of these.
First Profile, Education then start from recent experience and end it with previous experience which is not older than 10 years, last but not least specify your skills. Use basic fonts like Arial and embolden important information like degree, title, and company.
- Brag your Achievements:
It’s your time to shine, don’t forget to brag out your achievements in your previous roles. Focus on accomplishments instead of responsibilities. Write success stories that made a high impact on your team and company but don’t forget to keep it relevant and specific to the job you are applying for.
- Go with Trend:
In this case, LinkedIn is your friend. Research the market and know how CVs are being formed these days. Nobody wants to see 1900 CVs for 2020 jobs. Outdated and unnecessary details will just become ‘space filling’ rather than what you want to say.
Voila!!! Now you have the recipe of the Super CV which will likely get you that interview.
Best of luck with your job application.