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Why your CV is crucial to getting hired

Content has consequences!

43% CV’s discarded because they are written in third person

43% Admit to telling lies that didn’t work

So let’s get started

Your CV (Curriculum Vitae) is your own personal vehicle that you can use to sell your services to a prospective employer. To apply for a job in this modern digital age, it is essential that you have one and that you keep it up to date.

Not everyone knows how to create a CV but it is actually very easy. It is also one of those tasks that you might never get around to doing, however you should set some time aside to do it, because it is a great investment in yourself!

One of the most common problems jobseekers face, is not knowing where to start but we are here to offer a helping hand.

You can use a word processor to create your CV and ensure that you save it in a format that recruitment companies and potential employers can accept. Usually, it’s pretty safe to save the CV in .doc or .docx.

Managing Your CV

A well written CV can be the difference between getting the job or not getting the job. Keep it clean and lean. Don’t add boxes and colours that make it hard for the recruiter to manipulate and import into their system and keep it succinct and concise so that potential employers don’t have to read war and peace to find out who you are.

When you are writing about your own achievements, remember to say ‘I’ and not ‘WE’. Employers want to know that it was you that delivered it and not somebody else.

Each time you want to apply for a new role, review your CV and see if you need to tailor it to the specific job description. You can draw the recruiter to your experience and skills that is most relevant to this specific role by moving things around and making some fine adjustments.

Start With Your Contact Details

Tip – Include your full name, address, contact number and email address, also a link to your Linkedin profile if you have one. You do not need to include your date of birth or a photograph unless.

Example

Name:                         Tom Smith, 37 Orchard Road, Surrey, GU34 XRI

Contact Number:     +44 (0)7367 234 876       

Email:                           tomsmith@gmail.com

Linkedin                      www.linkedin.com/in/TomSmith1

                                   

Write A Personal Statement

Tip – Add a personal statement that describes yourself and sells you into the role. You can vary this for every application so that it suits the role that you are applying for. Keep it short but make it a concise statement that highlights your key attributes or reasons for deciding on your career path.

Example

I have been working in HR for 20+ years and have experience across a wide range of industries. I have undertaken assignments in Japan, Germany & France and engaged in multi-location change programs.  Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, cum ad equidem suscipit oportere, pro ea legimus scriptorem. Illud ludus ponderum ea his, ad deseruisse elaboraret mea. Veniam patrioque id mel. Mei ut tation exerci quaeque. Quodsi temporibus no mei, ut tibique mediocritatem eum, et exerci abhorreant mea. Probatus hendrerit ne pri. Ei mucius putent graeco vix.

Describe Your Employment History

Tip – List your previous experience in reverse order so that your most recent work is at the top. For each role, include the company name, your job title and the date range that you worked there. Add summary of your responsibilities and achievements and below this add bullet points with the tasks that you had to undertake. Remember to include any buzz words that are related to your skillset or industry.

Example

Company Name         Brown & Smith Insurance  – February 2017 to May 2019

Position                       HR Manager

Summary

I was employed by B&S to overhaul the Global Human Resources department and process. After several years of failing retention initiatives and increasing cost to hire, I implemented lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, cum ad equidem suscipit oportere, pro ea legimus scriptorem. Illud ludus ponderum ea his, ad deseruisse elaboraret mea. Veniam patrioque id mel. Mei ut tation exerci quaeque. Quodsi temporibus no mei, ut tibique mediocritatem eum, et exerci abhorreant mea. Probatus hendrerit ne pri. Ei mucius putent graeco vix.

  • Managing a global team of 35
  • Reporting into c-level
  • Managing the overall global HR transformation
  • Introducing KPI’s
  • Deploying Business intelligence and Management Reporting

Let People Know About Your Skills & Achievements

Tip – For each job in your employment history,  describe any skills and accomplishments that is applicable to the job that you are applying for. Mention any tools, or processes that the company might want to know about, if you speak multiple languages or if you have any other special talents, this is where you call them out.

Here are some skills that you can consider when thinking about your own competencies. Give examples of how you have excelled in any of these.

Analytical, communication, financial, technical, conceptual, creative, decision making, interpersonal, management, time keeping, problem solving, project management, leadership, soft skills, transferable, marketing, sales, HR, accounting, service management, managing third parties, contract negotiation.

Thinking about those successes and accomplishments that can be measured and where you received positive feedback, list them out in bullet form on your CV.

And remember that an achievement isn’t a task, it is a longer term piece of work that was successful.

List Your Educations & Certifications

Tip – List your education and certifications in reverse chronological order. Include the name of the institutions and the dates you were there, followed by the qualifications and grades you achieved. If you have recently graduated or retrained, move your qualifications to the top of your CV. As you may not have much in the way of employment history, you have experience that is less relevant, the education section is going to be more important to prospective employers.

List out your education like this:

-Subject                 -Grade                 -From/To Date                -Institution

Also create a section for any training or certifications using the same format.

References

Tip – You don’t need to provide the names of references at this stage. You also don’t need to say ‘references available upon request’ as most employers would assume this to be the case.