(this is an excerpt from an article by StandOutCV – find the link to the full article below)
1. Do your research
The very first tip to consider comes well before you start writing your CV… Researching your target roles.
For your CV to be successful, it needs to contain the skills and experience that your desired employers are looking for.
Hit the job boards, scan through lots of relevant job adverts and make a list of the most sought after requirements for your target roles.
Once you have this list, you know exactly what skills and knowledge you should be highlighting in your CV.
This is a crucial step – without it, you will simply be using guesswork to create your CV
2. Break text up
Huge chunks of text are off-putting for readers and make it difficult for recruiters to pick out the information they need.
If you were reading hundreds of CVs every week, would you want to wade through a paragraph like this one below?
Make it easy for recruiters to spot your talents by breaking text up into easily digestible sections.
3. Add a punchy profile to your CV
The top of your CV is hugely important, as it the very first thing a recruiter or hiring manager will see upon opening it.
Make a big impact by selling yourself with an attractive CV profile.
Keep it short and sharp in order to hold readers’ attention, summarise your most valuable skills and highlight the benefits of employing you.
4. Use a core skills section
A core skills section is a bullet pointed list that sits just under your profile.
It can include anything from industry experience and qualifications to skills and IT knowledge.
The purpose is to give readers a very quick snapshot of your offering so that they can see that you are a good fit for their vacancy at first glance.
For best results, tailor these points to reflect the requirements of the jobs you are applying for
5. Use a professional email address
Every part of your CV will be judged by employers, so it needs to reflect your professionalism at all times.
If you’ve labelled the top of your CV with an email address like firstname.lastname@example.org, it won’t create the best first impression.
Don’t do this
Use something simple like your full name to keep the document looking professional.
6. Show your impact
When writing your CV role descriptions, it’s important to show your responsibilities.
But it’s even better to show what impact your actions have for your employers.
For example, instead of just writing:
“Sourcing and approaching potential customers.”
Expand to show your impact:
“Sourcing and approaching potential customers to generate leads for the sales team and build pipeline.”
You may not be able to do this for every point on your CV, but always try to where possible.
The infographic below shows some great ways you can show your impact
7 ways to prove impact in your CV
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7. Structure your CV for easy navigation
With recruiters often receiving hundreds of CVs for every job they advertise, it pays off to make yours easy to read.
Use the diagram below to structure your CV and ensure it is easily navigated and readers can find the information they want without any hassle.
8. Give a high level summary of your roles
Delving into the nitty gritty details of your roles without first setting the scene, can be confusing for readers.
Give your role descriptions some context by heading them up with a high level summary that explains what the employer does, where you sit within the organisation and how your role benefits the employer.
Now the details of your roles will make a lot more sense to recruiters, because they will be able to see how your work feeds into the overall success of your employers.
9. Avoid generic clichés
CV clichés are terms like:
These phrases may appear impressive at first glance, but they don’t actually tell recruiters anything factual about you.
If you want to show employers that you are a hard-working team player, don’t simply state the fact; instead use examples of the results you have achieved within team settings to prove it.
10. Tailor your CV to every job you apply for
Although your CV will be tailored towards the general type of roles you are applying to, you can give each application a boost by tweaking the CV even further, every time you apply for a different role.
Assess each job advert before applying and make sure that your CV is highlighting the most important requirements for each one.
If you are hiding any crucial skills that are required for a particular role, at the bottom of your CV, then make sure you move them up to the top of the CV for that application and make them prominent.
One quick and simple way to tailor your CV is by swapping your core skills around to reflect the requirements in the job advert.
Read the full article here
With all these great tips you will be sure to create the perfect CV and there will be nothing stopping you from becoming an Entrepreneur2Be abroad!
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