It’s coming up to the new year and a lot of people will definitely be looking for a new start, particularly in their work sphere.
The first step to finding that new job is giving your CV a look over, tweak, revamp or overhaul!
Funnily enough, I recently published an article with Career One to give my readers and employees everywhere tips to creating the best CV for yourself.
Typically your CV will be skim read for about ten seconds before a decision is made about which pile to put it in; the ‘maybe’ or the ‘no’ pile. The volume of applications received can at times make it impossible to spend more time on the first step in the candidate assessment process. If at this point your CV doesn’t inspire a degree of confidence in your suitability for the role, the game is over.
If you want to win the job your CV must first tell a relevant story that makes the reader want to explore further. Next it needs to provide a clear and accurate view of what you have done in the past, what you want to do in the future and what makes you qualified to take the next steps you want to.
Here are 5 steps you can take to create the best possible CV for each opportunity you go for are:
- Customise: have a template CV and alter it be aligned with each opportunity you apply for. Avoid a scatter-gun approach that has you sending off generic CVs for roles that barely fit your credential.
- The long and the short of it: provide enough information to describe what you offer but not so much that the reader is put off and stops reading. Be disciplined about sticking to only what matters most
- Say what you want: share your career aspirations and the type of job you are looking for. Help a prospective employer to understand the fit between the role and your career.
- Share successes: focus on high level overview of your roles and responsibilities and devote more words to what you achieved in each job.
- Present well: use your imagination and challenge conventional thinking about how a CV should be formatted. Be careful not to come across as too whimsical but think outside of the square and make your CV stand out!