The perfect CV…
You know, the one that stands out to employer as they get their aha moment, clearly communicates your skills and abilities, delivers an impassioned, original, eloquent personal statement, and shows a hint of creativity all while staying under two pages.
I am sure you’ve already pictured your CV and pointed out some two or 3 mistakes already.
The thing is, your CV is your best shot at calling for any employer’s attention. See, it really doesn’t matter if you can do the job with one hand tied behind your back or with your eyes closed if your CV doesn’t give you the chance to get a foot in the door.
How are you going to get the chance to prove it?
Here are the four major questions your CV should answer
1. Who are you, and why are you a fit for this particular job?
The employer doesn’t know you, where you went to school or how many gold medals you’ve won so far.
So your best shot here is to employ a well-written, authentic, buzzword-free personal statement at the top of each CV you send out.
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The statement must be tailored for each job you apply for. Don’t use a one CV fits all model.
Each position is different, so your CV should be different each time you send it out, too.
2. What can you do, what are your skills?
Now tell the employer how good you are.
This is your chance to shine and make sure you shine bright. Provide a clear, detailed information of your professional experience complete with full company names, location of the job, accurate dates and your job title(s) while you were there.
This is not the area of the CV to show your creative flair. Leave that for the actual work.
Providing anything less than clear, accurate information can be frustrating to the recruiter.
If you have any long gaps in your professional history, be prepared to explain them in an interview.
3. How readable is your CV?
Take a fresh look at your CV by imagining how it looks to an employer reading it for the first time.
Is the structure and layout easy to follow? Does it lead the eye naturally down the page or do the reader has to struggle to connect A to Z?
Does it give the reader a good gist about your skills and experience without being too wordy or overly long-winded?
Can you include a smart looking head shot in your profile to help introduce yourself – employers like to know who they are reading about.
4. Finally, tell us, how were you trained?
On top of every employers agenda list while shortlisting for position, is the academic qualifications of a candidate.
Have you done your masters? Do you have other professional qualification? Are your academic qualifications different from others?
Be sure to list each diploma, certificate and relevant training experience that you have achieved. If you are a new graduate with only internships to show for your professional history, your education and training should come first on your CV.
If you are an experienced professional, the education section of your CV should come after your work history.
Send an email to CV firstname.lastname@example.org for a more detailed makeover of your CV that will get you your next interview.