Your CV needs to be your sales pitch. It often is the first piece of info a potential employer receives about you. And, so if it isn’t professionally collated and presented, you can become just another file on a pile. Your CV needs to tell your story in a professional and enticing manner. You want the reader to nod their head and feel the urge to bring you in immediately.
There are a few key areas which you need to focus on in particular. These are:
- Your introduction paragraph or cover letter
We recommend a customised intro paragraph in your CV. This needs to be short and to the point, however also the reason they keep reading further. Your intro should address, first, the job you are applying for and why you are best suited for that position.
If you add a cover letter It should include a very brief summary of your history and experience, and your particular skill set, both soft and hard skills.
- The layout of your work experience, education and qualifications
Make it easy to read and navigate through your CV. Remember, employers and recruitment agencies receive hundreds of CVs at a time sometimes, and they don’t have time to search for the pertinent info. The pertinent info being your current position and length of work period, your past positions and relevancy to the position you are applying for, and whether your education and qualifications add to your attractiveness.
Be sure to have a start and end date for every position and make sure that there are no gaps in the timeline. If there are, you need to explain the gaps.
- Any additional and beneficial info to be added in
If there is info that you know will be helpful in selling yourself, then include it. Leave out that you love long walks on the beach and definitely leave out your religious and political beliefs. This is not the space for any of that. Rather think about projects you have worked on or awards you have received, that add to your credibility.
- Parting note
With every piece of marketing or sales material, there should be a call to action. While it is obvious that you want the reader to call you up and either arrange the interview time or offer you the position, give them a little more reason to do that.
Your closing paragraph can speak to why you are the best person for the job (if you didn’t mention that in the first intro paragraph) and even drop a few facts in about the job you are applying for. It will show that you are interested and worthy of a call back.
Contact Liz Henry for a personal appointment if you require a new CV and interview advice
– this is an additional service that Time Personnel can provide offering you advice from how to market your CV, drawing up a new CV and ideas on how to present yourself at your best for an interview – cost is dependent on the requirements by the candidate.