Your CV is your most valuable tool in getting a new job, so it’s important for you to nail it.
It’s your first point of contact with hiring managers and recruiters, so the more time you spend tailoring it to the job role you’re applying for, the better your chances are at getting an interview.
Here are 4 ways you can make sure your CV will land you the job.
- Analyse your experiences.
Have a look at the job description and what it requires of you, then refer back to your CV and highlight the parts of it you need to emphasise for this role.
If there’s nothing obviously similar between the two, try to think about how the skills you’ve gained in previous roles can be transferable.
For example, if you’re applying for a new role that requires experience in the retail industry, but only have hospitality experience, you can emphasis the transferable skills you have.
Here you need to read between the lines of what is being asked of the prospective candidates. Asking for experience in retail means having the following skills: time management, customer service, communication skills, attention to detail…
Describe an experience you have had in hospitality that showcases you have one of these transferable skills. This will present you as a versatile and multi-faceted candidate, valuable for the company to employ.
- Eliminate potential biases.
Unconscious bias is, unfortunately, still a prevalent issue in recruitment processes. Therefore, it’s important to reduce your chances of being treated unfairly depending on your socio-economic background.
The following details are not vital to your CV’s credibility, but could open you up to bias:
- Your date of birth
- Your address (write instead the area in which you are based)
- A profile picture of yourself
- Your nationality
- Keep it practical.
Although it is becoming trendy to spend hours making creative CVs, it is by no means necessary.
Additionally, most software used by recruiters to scan CVs cannot pick up images or colour, so your hard work may go to waste.
Use a readable font and keep descriptions to the point; bullet point a maximum of three sentences beneath each work experience, using key words and action verbs.
- Use STAR to structure your descriptions.
This is the easiest way to demonstrate how you have previously embodied the skills required of you in a job description.
Situation – describe your role in the company from a previous job.
Task – now depict a time you had to show your abilities (for example, good communicative skills) by completing a task or solving a problem.
Activity – what did you do to complete this task? Describe the action you took that solved the problem at hand. This is where you highlight the skills you used.
Result – what happened as a consequence of your actions? Did you learn anything from them? Did you make a significant difference?
Some more tips:
- Edit your CV as and when you complete key tasks and projects. Don’t wait until you’re looking for a new job! This means you won’t forget any key metrics and your CV is always up to date.
- Always include quantifiable evidence to back up each claim you make about yourself. For example, don’t say “I made lots of sales” when you could say “I was responsible for generating significant sales and oversaw the business achieve a 70% increase in the 6 months I spent there”.
Curating a perfect CV takes time and patience, but we hope with the help of these tips, you can improve yours.
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