I go through “A LOT” of CV’s, always with a few things in mind. Firstly if this person has the set criteria against the job spec, if they don’t how can I place them in a future position. My job is to find people jobs, people with clearly; outlined CV’s make that a lot easier.
So what makes a CV stand out? There are many things but I think for this blog post I want to focus on the basics, these are things that should be a given, they should be in your CV, they assist each client in evaluating how you can add value, if you will fit in culturally and if your salary expectations are in line with the job at hand.
Profile Overview This is your opportunity to point out what makes you unique, what is your amazing X factor. It doesn’t have to be long, it has to be personal, this is not about blowing your own horn arrogantly, it is about being able to demonstrate your key qualities and your motivations and drivers. A CV is a piece of paper, the only that that brings it to life are the words that you chose to you. “Make sure your canvas is portraying the colours that suit you best.”
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Layout Everyone is different, but I find it easier to read your most recent job first and then working backwards in your career. It will be easier to see if you are a match for the job.
It is recommended to make the layout very easy to read. To do this you should set it out that you can see the previous employer, previous job title, amount of tenure and job description for each individual career movement.
Honesty Honesty is the best policy. Do not lie on your CV. You will get caught out, your CV is a reflection and collection of your “stories”. You will be more respected if you bring things up before they get asked.
Salary Expectation Some people find this offensive to answer but the reality is that this a deal maker or breaker. So if it is so important then why not be honest and upfront about it. An average of 7% increase is the norm when applying for a new position (of course this depends on each job specifically and 7% is a guideline). My advice is be realistic about your expectations.
Your CV is an extension of who you are, if you not going to take the time to put everything you have into it to find that perfect job – will that perfect job be able to find you?Good luck with your CV, if you require any tips please do not hesitate to contact Talent Fusion.