A CV is a marketing tool, a mission statement and sales brochure; it should showcase strengths and talents. It should be logical, specific, and personal. Hiring managers are interested in achievement, they want a picture of how an applicant will build from their track record to deliver in the role that is to be filled. Here are our top tips.
Customise and tailor to show experience and skills in the best possible light:
- New role in the same sector – highlight the experience, competencies and skills that are relevant and show qualification for the role on offer
- Flexible work in same sector – tailor the CV to demonstrate experience and skills that showcase a good candidate for independent working as a home based employee
- Similar role in a new sector – showcase achievements that demonstrate transferable skills
- New role in a new sector – focus on the competencies and achievements that are a good fit with the job description
Summarise and emphasise key qualities that an employer wants to know about:
- One size does not fit all, it is important to tailor the document depending on the industry sector and adjust it to fit the particular role applied for
- Make the CV work hard by concentrating on what the prospective employer is seeking and turning the spotlight on the skills and strengths that showcase as ideal candidate
- Think of achievements that tell a story, things that made a difference, the quantifiable achievements that show how you operate
- Make sure that CV and LinkedIn profile are aligned
- Keep the CV short and sweet, two pages
- Put contact details on both pages
- Have someone else check and proofread as bad spelling and poor grammar could send it straight to oblivion
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