Your CV is a potential employers window into your professional career, and a well written, easy to read CV can mean the difference between an interview and the garbage can. Everybody thinks that they know how to write one and a simple Google search will reveal hundreds of articles all claiming to have the secrets to employability. While this article won’t make such claims, here are some helpful tips to potentially save your CV from certain damnation in the trash heap.
Probably one of the most labored points about writing that perfect CV is the layout, a good layout can make your CV so much more clear cut and easy to read. You don’t want to make it akin to a novel, Several smaller, neat paragraphs, will serve you much better and many industrys have a standard template which they prefer to receive CV’s. The internet can provide you with layouts and templates but keep in mind not to completely plagiarize the text, just use the layout and fill in with your details
There’s no better way of creating that human connection and sticking in somebody’s mind like a photograph. Naturally we aren’t talking about your Instagram selfies from Kavos, but a more professionally produced headshot in appropriate business attire can really set you apart from the other candidates. Make sure that the photographer you use is experienced in taking these kinds of professional photographs, for more information on how your CV could benefit from clean and professional headshots please check out Hipshots on the link provided.
Use industry buzzwords and jargon, but don’t appear forced
Using terminology relevant to the position you are applying for can help you to show your expertise and experience in the industry. However do bear in mind that overdoing it will look like you are just using it for the sake of it and it will seem too forced. Before sending it off, ensure you read through it and think, “Does this sound like something I would say in person?” and if it doesn’t then you need to change it.
Modify your CV to the position
If you are applying for a selection of jobs in different industry’s or different positions you need to change your cv to make it more appealing to the particular position. For example, the terminology between an electrical engineer and an onsite construction engineer would be very different. While their jobs may have interchangeable skills, your employer wants to know the extent of your knowledge and relevant experience. So it’s of little use that you maintained the national grid generators if he needs you to repair cranes. Keep it varied between positions and be authentic with your experience and qualifications.
Hopefully you have a few helpful pointers when it comes to discovering the next stepping stone in the path of your career.