Remember your CV must be Well presented, it must be Neat and Concise. Pay attention to Font, Formatting and Spelling. ”Peter Johnson works as PA to the director at a small company, and is looking for a new position. His CV concentrates largely on key skills such as organisation and proficiency with Microsoft Office.” Begin with personal and contact details including name, phone number, email address and possibly any professional social media presence. You no longer need to include your date of birth, especially if age is not on your side.
Your personal profile should sell yourself and your qualities, and must be tailored towards the job you are applying for. It should be written in the third person, using power words, and in a concise style.
It should echo the requirements in the job advertisement and description.
And it should be positive, stressing achievements and strengths, and make a good impression in a clear and upbeat way. Highlight the specific skills you have to offer the employer which match their requirements.
Make sure you review your CV against the job specification and that it highlights that you’re the right match for the job.
Your objective is to get to an interview. Your CV needs to make you stand out from the crowd and ensure you get to that stage.
If you have an established career, you can list your relevant achievements.
This is an opportunity to quantify your achievements;
“I Grew sales by 20% per annum”,
“I produced above target reduction in overheads”,
“I cultivated relationships with existing clients achieving a 30% increase in repeat business”
You should learn to use facts and figures to describe your achievements.
This is your chance to show an employer the best of what you’ve got and who you are.
Demonstrate an understanding of the job requirements and the experience you have in the specific field. It’s about selling your skills and experience, and showing them you’re the right person for the job.
It should make it easy for employers to appraise your key skills and work experience to determine whether you’re appropriate for the role.
Fresh graduates face the challenge of not having experience, but really, any experience is an experience, it could be useful to you and your employer.
Flag up the Specific skills gained in each role , that you have to offer the employer. Keep in mind that this document needs to be targeted for the role you are going for.
Highlight appropriate personal qualities for the role.
Show how you have grown in stature and developed your career across each role.
Include dates and temporary or voluntary jobs if appropriate.
Include extra information, such as reasons for a career change or reasons for gaps in career history, such as caring duties.
Qualifications and Training
Mention interests, especially if the skills are transferable and relevant for the job.
Ideally two or more and including a recent employer, or else state that they are available on request.
Make sure to put these tips into consideration when writing/editing your next CV.