How to Give Your CV the Edge
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How to Give Your CV the Edge

Taking the time to craft your CV has never been so critical. A CV is often the first glimpse of you that a company has to decide if they want to consider you for a new job opening – standing out as a good match for their organisation is important.   Getting your CV to […]

January 25th, 2023
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Abby.

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A search expert making key hires for over twenty years.

Taking the time to craft your CV has never been so critical.

A CV is often the first glimpse of you that a company has to decide if they want to consider you for a new job opening – standing out as a good match for their organisation is important.

 

Getting your CV to demonstrate that you are the right person for the job is key.

If you have been in the job market for a while but do not often hear back from your applications, it’s time to revisit your CV and look for the reasons as to why you are not getting the yes that you deserve. Write your CV to appease the automated screening software, the resourcer who is looking for an obvious match, and the passionate hiring line who wants to see the next big thing.

An experienced recruiter could be an intrinsic element to your job search and will be able to get you in front of hiring managers that you cannot. Those highly experienced search specialists know the market. They can help you to position yourself, improve your CV, open opportunities within their network, discuss and negotiate your package as well as be a constant support throughout the search process and beyond.

Recruiters have strong relationships with their clients which means that a CV is not always necessary. Being open and direct with your recruiter will allow them to build enough confidence to stake their reputation on you. Call around to get a feel for different recruiters and how you feel they will represent you. Having a great recruiter on your side could be a fast-track VIP journey to your new job.

 

Cover the following points on your CV for success:

  • Does my CV look professional? (no spelling errors or mismatched font)
  • Did I make my CV unique with a personal profile outlining what I am looking for?
  • Did I discuss my key skills throughout?
  • Is my CV easy to read – have I used bullet points?
  • Does my CV tell the reader that I match the skills required in the job description?
  • Did I explain the gaps in employment in my CV?
  • Have I removed jargon that only readers from one company would understand?
  • Have I included key words and skills related to my industry?
  • Have I removed or condensed old or irrelevant content?
  • Have I listed out all of the software and systems I can use well?
  • Have I mentioned any topics or socials I am involved in out of work that give more insight into me?
  • Have I highlighted my major achievements?
  • I hit my targets; did I talk about what they were and how I did this?
  • Have I mentioned all of my academic qualifications?
  • Have I included my up-to-date contact details?

 

What about cover letters?

A covering letter is an added bonus but not essential. If you want to go above and beyond, it provides extra supporting evidence as to why you should be considered. Don’t be afraid to lay out exactly what it is you want from your next role, it will help everyone to see your potential for the opportunity. The aim of a cover letter should be a direct note to the hiring manager of this opportunity: I am writing in response to the role of X, I have applied because Y, I feel I am a good fit due to Z. I am actively pursuing a new opportunity and available on notice, please contact me to discuss a mutually convenient time to discuss further.

 

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