Writing a Compelling CV and standing out in the application process
The CV. It’s a crucial piece of a job application process. A chance for you, the candidate to put across your skills and experience to an employer when applying for a new job and typically a CV is used to whittle down a shortlist of candidates to be interviewed. But what exactly needs to be in a CV and how should you go about writing one?
The considered length for a CV is two pages. A CV needs to be concise, to the point and get across the points that you feel are most relevant to the job in question. It is said that a recruiting agent typically spends no more than 6 seconds scan-reading a typical resume. When you consider this time frame, you have a very short window indeed to make an instant impression an to bolster your chances of making it further into the application process. Below are a few short tips to help you to nail your CV and to secure that job interview for the job of your dreams.
1). Consider your CV content carefully. Ensure that everything you write in your resume adds value to and supports your application. Carefully consider the job specification that you are applying for and match your skills on your CV to this. Whilst you may have a broad range of skills, if this holds no relevance to the job in question you could be dissuading a recruiter and furthermore, using up valuable text space for something that could be much more relevant.
2). Keep job content in a chronological order with the most recent experience first. Your CV should show a logical look back across your career to date whilst ensuring that your current role or most recent work experience is the leading item. A recruiter will be most interested, when it comes to current employment, in your current skills and what your current day to day responsibilities are.
3). Resume presentation is key! Considering the typical two-page rule, it’s important that your CV is also well presented. Consider writing in a font size of 10 or 11 pixels and choose a font that is neat and easy to read. Don’t get bogged down in visuals as your text is the most powerful thing here.
4). Check and check again! Whilst this may sound like an absolute fundamental, ensure that you thoroughly check your CV when complete for spelling and grammar. There is nothing worse than a great CV being let down by careless typing errors and mistakes. Whilst writing a CV can initially feel like a mountain to climb, once you get underway it can be an enjoyable experience. It’s also a great way to familiarise yourself with your achievements prior to an interview and allow you a rare chance to look back on what you’ve already achieved in your career to date. Get it right and it will stand you in good stead for future success.