“Emphasize your strengths on your resume, in your cover letters and in your interviews. It may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people simply list everything they’ve ever done. Convey your passion and link your strengths to measurable results. Employers and interviewers love concrete data.” – Marcus Buckingham
When it comes to applying for a new job, whether you are a fresh grad or an experienced one, your CV could be the ticket to get you into the front door of your dream job and insure your final interview. But do you know how to make a cv and can you make sure that your CV is added to the approved list rather than thrown straight to the trash?
It only takes 5 seconds to form an impression about your CV, make those seconds count! We’ve put together the following 7 key tips to sky rocket your CV and securing your first (or next) job.
- Don’t Forget the Basic and Make it Right
It only takes a few seconds for an employer to look at anyone’s CV but there’s still some common sections you should cover. These includes personal and contact information, education and qualifications, work history and/or experience, relevant skills to the job in question, achievements and some references. If relevant, you can also include your LinkedIn profile or blog site where employers can find more about you.
- Make it Short But Meaningful
A CV should be no more than two pages of A4. Keep it punchy, to the point, and save those little more details for the interview. Always keep in mind that employers receive dozens of CV’s all the time so it’s implausible they’ll read everything from cover to cover.
- Keep your CV Updated
Giving off the best CV you used 5 years ago will look unprofessional at this moment. So make sure that your CV is regularly updated to meet requirements you need for every job position you apply for. Add your newly acquired skills or experience that isn’t added yet. If you’ve just attended a seminar or worked on a new project, make sure they’re recorded on your CV because potential employers are always impressed with candidates who go to the extra mile to boost their own experience and skills.
- Tailor the CV to the Position you Apply for
If you know exactly what the job entails and how you can match each requirement, create a CV that is specifically for that job position. There is no such thing as generic CV. It is important that every CV you send to a potential employer should be personalized to that role so don’t slack off and think that a general CV would stand out because it really won’t.
- Make the Most of Skills and Apply it to your CV
Don’t forget to mention your key skills that can help you stand out from the crowd. These could possibly include communication skills, computer skills, team working skills, problem solving or even speaking a foreign language. Well not everyone is good at that so it would become one of your edge from others. Some skills could come out of most unexpected places, so really think about what you’ve done to grow your own skills. If you already know your most outstanding skills you think employers look for, highlight these on your CV. Include anything that shows how diverse, interested and skilled you are. Make yourself sound really interesting.
- Add numbers
This may sound dull to others but backing up your achievements with numbers make your CV more professional and noticeable. When writing your work history, don’t just say you increased sales, tell them you increased 73% of your sales over 5 months period. You get the impact? Big numbers are especially good but it’s still important to tell the truth.
- Include references
Name two people who knows you but are not related with you, along with their email address and phone number. They will be contacted by the employer to ask for a reference about you. Reference may be someone who has employed you in the past or anyone who can talk about your skills and experiences. If you’re a fresh graduate, you can use the name of your adviser or tutor as a reference.
By using these tips, your CV will create the right impression and will surely standout from those bunch of applicants who wished to be hired just like you, with the result that you are much more likely to be called for an interview.
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