Tuesday, 30 December 2014

5 Tips on Writing an Exceptional CV

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If you are applying for a new job, nothing can be more important for you than your CV. This is the ticket to the job of your dreams, and therefore, you cannot compromise on quality. A great looking CV, which is able to drive attention towards you, is just the thing you need to get your foot in the door. Unfortunately, for a lot of people, this is the one thing that they cannot get right. Here’s how you can ensure that your CV does not find its way into the trash pile of a prospective employer.

     1. Get Your Basics Right – Research shows that the average time a recruiter spends looking at your resume ranges from 5 to 7 seconds, and this is all the time you get to capture the recruiter’s attention. Therefore, you should spend some time on the format of your CV and make sure you are able to adequately highlight the sections that are most relevant to the recruiter. This could be the relevant skills, relevant experience, or relevant education and achievements. Use your own discretion.

2.       Presentation is Very Important – A survey shows that 76% of CVs are discarded because of un-professionalism. If you have an unprofessional email address, your CV is sure to be discarded. The chances of rejection grow to 88% if you have an unprofessional photograph on the CV. Your CV is not your social networking profile. Let the employer know you are professional, through the presentation, language and structure of your CV – which is a formal document for all intents and purposes.

3.       Length Matters – Most recruiters have scores of CVs to go through. If you send a 5 page resume, the weight of it would be daunting enough for the recruiter to discard it. A great CV is not only professional, but also clear and concise. It conveys what it intends to in very clear terms, without being contrite. Do not aim for length, in fact, try to keep everything as short and sweet as possible.

4.       Understand the Job – Last year, of all the jobs applied to through internet portals, only 35% of applicants were actually qualified for the posting. This means, most candidates would apply to a job without even being certain about the requirements of the job. This does not bode well for them. Therefore, even if they have a stellar CV, the document is simply not tailored to the needs of the recruiter, and therefore, is of no use.

5.       Tailor Your CV – Each job demands a specific skill set and experience. If you understand what the job entails, and know it is suitable for you, do not make the mistake of sending out a generic CV. Instead, tailor it for the posting and make sure the employer knows why they should hire you for the advertised position.

With these simple tips, you should be able to beat the competition and make sure that your CV stands out. If you follow these tips to the letter, your CV wont have to ultimately end up in a discarded pile with those who may be less qualified, experienced or suitable for the role you applied for. 

By ReKruiTIn.com Team