Applying for a new job? Well make sure your CV is up to date as it is going to be the way you secure an interview. Ensuring your CV stands out above all the others is important as you don’t want it to be thrown out, but how can you prevent this from happening? Writing a CV that is successful is not that hard once you know what you are doing. It is just a case of tailoring all your skills and experience to the job you are applying for, employers do not want to read irrelevant content. These tips are going to help you create a successful CV that will give you the best chance to secure an interview.
The first thing you want to do when writing your CV is to get the basics right. By this I mean making sure that you include all the important and relevant information expected on a CV like education, qualifications, work history, experience, relevant skills to the job, own interests, achievements, hobbies and some references. The four most important things you want to include on your CV are your name, address, email and phone number, so you can be contacted in whatever and every means necessary by a potential employer. Even though it seems obvious and simple enough that this basic information needs to be included on your CV, there are lots of people who actually forget and it may just be the reason that their CV is the one being thrown into the bin by employers.
Another tip for your CV is that presentation is key. All successful CVs are carefully and clearly presented, the layout of your CV should always be clean and well-structured. Even if you are going to be handing it over in person or through the mail, your CV should still be well presented. Make sure it has no folds, creases, stains or wrinkles for this it will make your CV look unprofessional and employers will be put off from the get go. One important presentation trick is that when an employer first looks at your CV the most likely area they are going to read in detail will be the upper middle area of the first page. Therefore make sure you include your most important information here as if they are impressed or intrigued by the information in there, the chance of them reading the whole thing in detail will increase.
There is one major reason why your CV may be getting ignored and that is the length. A good CV will always be clear, relevant to the job and precise. You do not need to write pages and pages, just keep it short and sweet. Your CV should be about two A4 pages long, anything longer puts a recruiter off reading it. The CV you create is a chance to impress a potential employer and if they are satisfied it will give you a better chance of getting an interview. Employers receive dozens of CVs all the time so it is highly unlikely they will read each one cover to cover. Therefore if your CV is too long and boring they are less likely to take the time to read it.
Keeping your CV relevant to the job you are applying for is easy, after all everything you need is in the job description so make sure you read it from start to finish. Make sure you take notes of the skills and experiences you can give evidence for and the ones you cannot. With the areas you cannot give evidence for you need to fill in by adapting the skills you already have. For example if you are applying for a job that requires sales experience you could adapt the skills you may have gained from working in retail, even though they are not the same there is still customer interaction that can be made to be relevant to sales.
Once you have tailored parts of your CV for the job role you can then make it match each specific role as your CV should not be used to apply for multiple roles. Every CV you send to an employer should be personally tailored to that role, so do not be lazy as it may cost you the chance to get an interview. This does not mean re-write the whole CV just make adjustments so it is relevant to each role.
When you are writing about the skills you have make sure not to forget to mention your unique skills that will make you stand out from the rest. These could include communication skills, computer skills, team working, problem solving or even speaking a foreign language. Some skills can come from the most unique places so really think what you have done to grow your skills even if they come from something unexpected and if they have it is not an issue all skills are relevant.
With your interests you have to make sure you do not just go with regulars like watching TV or any others that may make the employer believe you are lazy. What you want to do when writing about your interests is ensure you sound as interesting as you can and include skills like team work or any others that show you can use your initiative. The most important thing to remember about your interests is that employers want to hire people with a personality, this comes across in your interests.
When writing about your work experiences use assertive and positive language such as developed, organised and achieve. Ttry to make the skills you learned in each job relate to the role. One thing you need to remember when writing about your work experience is that every little helps, even if the job is not relevant to the role you are currently applying for you should still include it in your CV as the skills you gained from that job could be relevant to the one you are applying for.
Finally once you have created your CV it is important to always keep it up to date. You should review your CV on a regular basis and add new skills and experiences that are missing. If you have done voluntary work make sure you talk about that as employers are always impressed by candidates that go the extra mile to gain or improve their skills and experiences.