Think of your CV as your business card which will get you to the interview. This is the primary function of your CV – to serve as your Brochure to sell you.
Spend some time to polish the message and make sure that your CV is nothing short from perfect – you will never get a second chance to make a first impression. Make this impression count.
Although it is true that there is a conventional CV standard that is widely used and that we at Growinfinance.com are strongly in support of, you can still put a few extra touches to make it special. Your CV needs to be full of examples of your successes – the recruiter does not know you and unless you tell them what you did they will never know. Include diverse examples to demonstrate your responsibilities and achievements on the job.
1. Know what you are up against – research thoroughly the company, its goals, mission, structure and needs. This will give you an insight on how to structure your CV and what information to put forward to the recruiters.
2. Structure your CV according to the convention: Personal details, Professional Experience, Academic Experience, Additional Qualifications, Interests (if you want to include those). List the information in chronological order starting from the most recent. Try to fit all the information in 2 pages.
3. Tailor your CV to each company. Do not send the same document to all the companies. Take this chance to highlight the most relevant experiences for the particular job you are applying for.
4. Be very concise and direct. Use a journalistic style with hyphens and brief phrases. Let the recruiter see the basics.
5. Vary the active verbs you use, get the thesaurus involved. Standard does by no means imply repetitive. Spice up your CV with words that will attract the attention. Note, however, that unified software is highly likely to look for the specific words used in the job ad, making these words an irreplaceable part of your CV. Check these lists out:
• Communicated: advised, demonstrated, motivated, mediated, represented, negotiated, persuaded, presented, organized, led, controlled, liaised, coordinated, marketed, recommended…
• Improved: broadened, strengthened, developed, expanded, modernized, reorganized, solved, revised, streamlined.
• Researched: collected, critiqued, defined, evaluated, extracted, identified, inspected, investigated, summarized, surveyed
• Managed: administered, chaired, budgeted, executed, organized, supervised, conducted, controlled, led, coordinated
• Innovated: created, designed, developed, invented, originated, shaped
Now here is a checklist with questions that you would want to ask yourself each time before you send out your CV to a recruiter:
• Does your CV clearly present you as someone who will meet the needs of the employer?
You are selling and the employer is buying. Much like with TV commercials, the recruiters would allow 10-20 seconds for your CV to convince them to choose your brand. Are the profile that you have built and the highlights that you included good enough?
• Did you include enough specifics?In the end the recruiter is going to have a pile of 10 very suitable candidates. He will need an objective basis to compare them from. Make sure that you give specifics, results and achievements to stand out.
• Did you spell check… twice? Are your contact details correct? Is your email professional?
Your CV needs to be impeccable when it comes to spelling and grammar – this is the easiest way to be disqualified. Double-check your contact details as well. You cannot imagine how many people miss an opportunity because they had given the wrong phone number or email.
• Have you listed unnecessary information? If you are applying for a system administrator, your love for kites might probably not be the most relevant information to include. Do not include non-professional affiliations such as politics or religion, unless they are relevant to the requirements and the position. Do include, however, the work permits that you have. Those would be very important when the time to make decisions comes.