Creating the best CV
It is crucial to have a the best CV and cover letter, as it is the first contact you will have with a prospective employer. Make sure both are specific to the company, and that you demonstrate why your skills and personality match their requirements.
If you are a student or graduate, your CV format will need to be different from that of someone who is already in a career. This will ensure your CV draws employers’ attention to your most relevant and saleable skills and experience.
If you’re replying to a job advert, ensure the skills in the person specification are mentioned in your CV. If you’re applying speculatively, think about what the job will involve and what the employer might be looking for.
[blockquote]Your CV should be no more than two pages if you are an entry level job seeker.[/blockquote]
Your CV should be no more than two pages. Try to use the same font all the way through, with bold and bigger font sizes to bring out headings. The layout should be as simple as possible. Try to use punchy and “active” words, especially when describing achievements in previous jobs. Use powerful words such as “managed”, “led” and “achieved”.
Be honest. There’s a difference between selling yourself and inventing things. Never be tempted to invent qualifications or previous jobs. You might be asked for more information about them at interview.
Below are some key tips on how to go about writing your CV that I personally think are Key as a recruiter;
Show you can learn, relearn and learn again
“The recent rapid advances in technology means the ability to constantly learn new skills is vital for the workforce of the future.” (QUOTE NEEDS SOURCE)
Functional, chronological or creative? Choose the right CV format
“A good CV sells your skills and experience by setting out your background in a way that is clear, simple and easy to understand. How you present your career history and ambitions are key.” (QUOTE NEEDS SOURCE)
Chronological CVs, for instance, are the most common and are particularly useful when you have a solid and complete working history spanning over five years. However, if you lack direct work experience a functional CV can be used to describe your key skills rather than the specific jobs you have worked.
Keep your CV short
With recruiters love to spending just under a minute reading your CV, it pays to keep it short. “Employers can easily sift through hundreds of CVs a day, so they simply don’t have time to read anything too lengthy. So yours needs to be short and sharp to get your message across quickly.”(QUOTE NEEDS SOURCE)
One of the easiest ways to shorten a drawn-out CV is to cut descriptions of your older roles to a brief summary. Recruiters do not need to know about what you did 10 years ago in great detail. If you’ve got a lot of experience, you can simply list your oldest roles to save space.
Back up your achievements with numbers
You should ideally be including some impressive achievements in your CV to show the kind of results you’ve achieved for both yourself and your employers.
The best way to do this is with facts and figures: For example, a sales executive shouldn’t simply write that they’ve exceeded their monthly targets; they should state precisely what the targets were (in monetary or unit terms) and exactly how much they exceeded them by in percentage terms. Quantifying your value like this gives employers factual evidence to hire you.
We are heading into an age where CV’s will become extinct and employers and recruiters will be using other ways to search for talent since the recruiting methods are also changing. With new technology like online applications and networking websites like LinkedIn, CVs are struggling to remain relevant in today’s job market.
One of the main issues with traditional CVs is that it’s difficult for employers to get a sense of a candidate’s personality. If recruiters are shortlisting candidates based on their CV alone, they might be missing out on someone who is a better fit for the role.
So it’s a good idea to swot up on online applications, personal websites and networking sites to complement – or even overtake – your CV in future.