When applying to a new job, a great CV is critical to give the right first impression and help you win an interview. A CV should aim to tell the recruiter who you are, what you have to offer and what you are looking for. It should summarise the skills and experience that set you apart from other candidates, so it’s important to get the format, layout, and of course the content right. Afterall, it is the best way to sell yourself to prospective employers.
1.TAILOR IT TO THE SPECIFIC ROLE
It’s unlikely that every role you apply for will be looking to hire a professional with the same skills and experience, so it’s important that your CV is tailored and relevant to the specific role you are applying to. Read the job descriptions in detail such that your CV and personal summary align and match that of the job.
2. KEEP IT BRIEF
There is no hard rule on how long your CV should be, but usually two pages should be the maximum, which means just a few sentences or a short paragraph to introduce yourself is plenty. Be straight to the point, referring to your academic achievements and the industries you have worked within.
3. FOCUS ON PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Highlight your professional achievements and goals, and unless absolutely necessary avoid, describing yourself as a person or what your long-term career aspirations are. Don’t use vocabulary that distracts the readers from the core capabilities you’re aiming to showcase.
Try to address these five key points in your personal statement: your academic profile and qualifications, the relevant industries you’ve worked in, the products and processes you’ve worked with, and the key job titles you have held.
4. USE FACTS AND FIGURES
Be sure to back up your statement with facts and figures. Include your university grades, the amount of years’ experience within your area of expertise and any impressive results related to past projects.
Ensure your CV and cover letter are error-free, properly edited and have no spelling or grammar mistakes.
Overall your personal statement should be a unique reflection of your career to date. Depending on the stage you’re at within your career, the objective of your statement may differ.