It would be naïve to underestimate the power a CV can have on an employer or even a recruitment agency. They will judge you immediately on your CV content so make sure you give them as many reasons as possible to see you as a favourable candidate. If you follow these few steps, you will have an excellent CV and an excellent job soon to follow!

Add a Personal Statement:

A personal statement is a written description of one’s achievements, interests etc. It is one of the most important parts of your CV as you are given a massive chance to sell yourself to the employer in an easy-to-digest paragraph. There are probably thousands of things you would like to say in your personal statement but focus on what you want people to be aware about the most. If you can succinctly articulate your abilities and talents, you’ll be able to prove your suitability and sustainability to the employer.

Skills Section:

Everybody in the world has their own unique set of skills. Some are stronger than others in some fields, and others vice versa. However, when writing a CV, you have to convince the recruiter that the skills you have result in you being well suited for the job. Which of your skills are transferrable? Which skills are adaptive? Which are job-related? Once you know this, ensure you bring them to the fore so that the employer can visualise you, with said skills, succeeding on the job. Ensure to word your abilities in a unique way as the likelihood is that a multitude of fellow candidates are describing the same skills as yourself.

Former Jobs:

In this section, give a brief overview of the jobs you have had up until this present point. Think about how each one of these jobs has allowed you to better yourself as a person, and then use that to sell yourself. If the recruiter sees you have been able to better yourself and prosper in other workplaces, your chances of being employed are heightened drastically. Also write about how each of these roles have come together to prepare you for this job; act as if each job was a stepping stone to this one. What skills have you gained from other roles and how are they transferrable to the role you are currently applying for.

Qualifications:

Everybody who sets out to write a CV is well aware that one’s qualifications could well be the first section the employer reads. This is because it is the quickest way for them to grasp a sense of your general abilities and intellect. However, to stand out from the crowd, writing the benefits of each course and individual module may make the employer think twice when skimming through your results. The first reason for this is they have been made aware of your desire to show a willing to further your workload and go to lengths not necessarily required of you. The second reason being that the employer attains a well-rounded understanding of your progress through education and can identify what aspects of the role require the skills you have attained.

Hobbies/Interests:

It is a common misconception that employers deem a CV’s hobbies section as irrelevant and unbeneficial. That could not be further from the truth. There is an abundance of companies and employers in the world that will jump straight to reading your interests. On countless occasions the employer will read your interests merely because they would like to have things in common with you, allowing a strong working relationship and provoking communication. Also, a lot can be learnt about a person from via how they choose to spend their free time. For example, if you captain your local sports team, the employer immediately knows you are active, a natural leader and a good communicator. This section could be used to reinforce the points stated in your skills section also.

Find Your USP:

Millions and millions of CV’s get written and updated every day. Companies receive thousands of CV applications for a handful of roles. How does your CV make you stand out from the whirlpool of fellow candidates? Finding yourself a USP, (Unique Selling Point) provides the employer with an instantaneous indicator that you are confident in your ability to stand out from the rest. If you have the confidence in yourself and the ability to come across as confident in what you are saying, then you are already half way there. If the USP is perfectly fitted to the job you are applying for, then even better, as you may be the only applicant who was stated one. This will further heighten the chances of the employer perceiving you as idyllic for the company.

With these tips assisting you in creating an outstanding CV, we hope you have gained confidence to write positively and succinctly about yourself, whilst at the same time respecting that there are many others writing similar things to you. Using you own unique personal flair that we know everybody has, it should be no struggle to grab the employer’s attention.

 

 

 

 

Published by Ruby Daub