Your CV needs to hook it's reader within seconds of them picking it up if you're to stand a chance of progressing to the job interview stage. Recruiters and hiring managers can receive hundreds of applications for a role, and sometimes only have time to scan CVs before deciding whether to progress to a meeting.
Make An Impact
In order to make an immediate impact, your CV will need to communicate the following information in most readable form.
1. Roles And Responsibilities
You'll need to tailor your CV to each particular job that you apply for, so it's vital that the job titles and responsibilities you include in your CV are relevant (if not a direct match) for the job on offer. Although you need to clarify your remits, it's important that your CV offers than just a list of your responsibilities.
Your CV will be scanned for the right kind of experience. Ensure your experience, whether six months in one role or four years in another, comes across as consistent and relevant to the job you're applying for. Be clear where you added value, and your exact contribution to any high profile project.
Ensure you include all relevant skills gained and required of you in previous roles. Your skills will compliment your experience and should ultimately your sustainability for the job on offer.
4. Results And Achievements
Hiring managers want to see results, so I you achieved above your target as a sale manager for example, make sure you state your target as amount or percentages, and demonstrate how you've overachieved.
Ensure you highlight relevant educational certificates, particularly when they've been listed as essential or desirable on the selection criteria.
Once you have got the details right, your CV will need to look, feel and read well if it's going to grab the attention of the hiring manager or recruiter quickly and effectively. To do this, make sure you pay attention to the following details.
(a)Easy To Read
Ensure the layout of you CV is clear and consistent, containing only one font type (bold can be used to highlight) and using bullet points to outline skills, achievements, responsibilities etc.
(b) No Inconsistencies
Ensure your CV runs in clear, reverse chronological order and that there are no unexplained time lapses, or inconsistencies regarding responsibilities you held or achievements you've included.
(c) Relevant Language
Ensure you include the words which can be recognised throughout your CV. Avoid excessive jargon and be mindful that the person reading it may not be a technical or industry expert, however they will know what to looking out for.
(d) Format And Label
Ensure your CV is formatted in such a way that the recipient will be able to open it easily - no hiring manager want to download software to view a CV. Also, make sure that when you save your CV you include your name i.e. Timothy-Onalo-CV in the saved title.
You may possess desire all the desired skills and experience to excel at a role, but if you don't document them clearly in your CV; you may fail at the first hurdle in being considered for the job you've applied for.
With a well crafted CV! You're sure to impress; with an accompanying cover letter, you will really stand out.
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