It’s the reason you got the interview. Why you got an email back and why you were picked over everyone else who applied. It’s your CV. The most important part of job hunting, is actually being able to get responses. And your CV is the reason they either turn you down or frantically pick up the phone to try and get a hold of you.
So here are a few ways you can polish your CV:
Short and Sweet
Keeping things short is a good idea, because many employers and recruiters don’t have time to wade through a pile of CVs three feet deep. This means that they often skim through documentation given to them by potential recruits.
Use figures, such as numbers and percentages, as well as bullet points. They give short bursts of information about your previous experience, as well as catching the eye of anyone reading it. They’ll also lend more integrity to your CV as a whole. Just don’t overdo it. You want it to be compelling, not something that resembles a fact sheet.
The last thing a potential employer wants to see on a CV is a misspelt word. Double check, triple check, and then ask someone else to do the same. It gives a bad impression of you as an employee – and your CV is likely to end up in the bin.
Tailor your Skills
When applying for multiple positions, remember to tailor your CV for each job opportunity. That means, aligning your skills and expertise with the criteria they’re asking for in the job ad. It’ll make your submission pop out from the rest and they’ll notice that you’ve take the time to properly read through the criteria they’re asking for. Highlighting your skills, capabilities and successes will also enforce the idea that you’re the prime candidate for the position.
It’s a good idea to fully understand the interests and qualities that you’ve included in your CV. A company or employer, is going to pick you, because they think you’re the right fit for the job. Emphasise the skills you want to continue to use and develop and not the things you dislike doing.
Once you’ve created your CV, ask a friend or colleague to read through it. And then ask them for their honest opinion. A fresh set of eyes can often help you find problem areas that need improvement.
You can also ask them what they think your strengths are, which can often be quite enlightening and insightful. These aspects can then be added to your CV, if they’re relevant enough, that is.
Feedback is something that can help you constantly improve, tweak and polish your CV. Different opinions and views are good, because not every person is the same. Finding a middle ground where your CV becomes appealing to everyone is a good stepping stone to a successful career.
You CV is never set in stone. It can always be improved and built upon. It’s something that is going to be in your professional life for a long time to come, so knowing how to continually improve it is an important aspect of your career.