Have you ever really stopped to consider why your CV matters? Often, it’s a Hiring Manager’s first impression of you. It’s what gets you in the door. But how much information is needed? How do you keep from over- or under-selling yourself?
Your CV is the starting point in your job search. All it needs to do is generate enough interest to make an employer want to meet you in order to find out more. As a general rule, your CV should:
- Emphasise your key strengths
- Transfer and sell your skills
- Highlight your accomplishments
- Be intelligent and thoughtful
- Prioritise information effectively
- Remain clear and concise throughout
- Use appropriate language, but not jargon
- Demonstrate and sell you as the only choice for the job
Perhaps most importantly, the process of personalising your CV to a particular opportunity will strengthen your ability to identify exactly what it is you can offer them. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when you first draft your CV and begin applying for jobs:
- Know your audience! Make sure your CV is relevant to the position you are applying for
- Always proofread your work. Not only does it demonstrate attention to detail, you don’t want to risk a Hiring Manager tossing your CV in the bin because of a few spelling mistakes
- When possible, your CV should not exceed 2 pages. Recruiters and Hiring Managers receive hundreds of CV’s each day, and so making yours concise and easy to follow will improve your chances of being considered
- Watch your formatting! Stick to one font throughout the entirety of your CV. Adjust your margins and paragraph alignments for a clean look
- Although cover letters used to be the gold standard, they’re not anymore. Most Hiring Managers are working to tight deadlines, and will simply skip over the cover letter to get to your CV
Another good thing to remember is to Mind the Gap! If there is a gap of 6 months or more between jobs on your CV, it’s a good idea to explain what you were doing during that time. If you choose not to, just be prepared to be asked about it during the interview.
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