5 Ways To Improve Your C.V.Posted: 23rd of March 2015 by
Your C.V. needs to stand out in a competitive job market, especially when it might only be glanced at for a few seconds. As a result, mistakes can be costly and see you ruled out from getting a job within mere moments. Your C.V. and covering letter are often the first real contact you have with a prospective employer, and just like with a face-to-face meeting, first impressions count. Therefore a strong C.V. will not just have good presentation, but will also show the employer what they need, and say why you should be given the job over the hundreds of other candidates that may have applied.
There is plenty of advice out there on how to make your C.V. do its job in getting you hired, as well as companies who will write your C.V. for you – for a fee. However, by following the five tips below, you can be well on the way to making sure your C.V. makes the right impression.
1. Sell Yourself
A C.V. is a way for you to sell yourself, so don’t be afraid to use it. Of course, you will want to show that you have the skills that are needed for the job, but you should also try to show how you can save the company money, resolve their problems, and improve their productivity. If you can offer examples of how well you have worked in the past then you will be well on the way to showing more than just a list of skills. You’re offering an extra edge!
2. Keep It Clear
Considering most employers initially take just 20 to 30 seconds looking over your C.V. you need to keep it clear. Use bullet points, don’t cram too many words in, and don’t use elaborate graphics. There are plenty of CV templates out there – find one you like, that is clean and clear, and use it.
3. Tailor Your C.V.
Yes, it can seem like a waste of time, but tailoring your C.V. to each employer will give it a much better chance of succeeding. You can make sure that only the relevant information is included, highlighting what you can bring to that specific job. It also shows that you are dedicated to getting the job, rather than just usig a random, scatter-gun effect to try and land a job, any job!
4. No Mistakes Allowed
Quite simply, check your C.V. for spelling errors and grammatical mistakes, get someone else to read it, include your correct contact details, and make sure your employment dates all match. Mistakes will get you ruled out for the job, it’s as simple as that.
5. Keep It Updated
It doesn’t hurt to update your C.V. once a month, even if you are not looking for work. That way you can make sure it is still relevant to your current job as it is. This will make it easier to recall projects you are working on, rather than having to remember them months or even years down the line. You can also cut out irrelevant information as you grow and improve throughout your career!
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