4 Improvements You Can Make to Your CV.
Nobody’s CV is perfect – mainly because there’s no such thing as the perfect CV.
Sure, your CV might be perfect for one specific company, with you having the right experience and qualifications. But, for the same position at another company, it may not be the case.
Many people make the mistake of creating a CV and sending the same one out to multiple businesses. If you’re looking to optimise the chances of you getting hired, this isn’t the best approach. Seeing as every company is different, you should improve your CV to be a better fit for that position and business.
Sound difficult? It really isn’t. And we’re going to tell you how. Here are 4 improvements you can make to your CV.
Improving your CV can be as simple as restructuring it. And trust us, it works. If you’re applying for a job in computing and the first part of your CV displays your R.E. results from secondary school, you’re going about it wrong.
It can be frustrating when applying for jobs, especially if you’re applying for many different positions. Yes, we know it’s irritating when you’re applying online and a website asks for the relevant information that’s in your CV, then to upload the CV itself. We’ve all been there. And this is why you should always restructure your CV to put the most relevant information for the position at the top.
People think there is a sure-fire way to structure your CV that will impress every employer. The secret here is that this is false. A quick Google search will provide you with several different sites, each saying different things. This is because different employers will prioritise different things. Some will prefer experience over qualifications, and some are the other way around.
Often, a job description holds the key as to what you should prioritise. This isn’t a given, but this can give you an indication as to what they prefer. If they list experience first, amend your CV to put your experience first, and visa versa.
Restructuring your CV can enhance your chances of landing the job greatly. So, consider this the next time you’re applying for several positions at once.
When running a business, the last thing you want is to look through half a dozen 10-page long CVs from applicants for the cleaning position.
Now, we appreciate that some jobs will require a more in-depth CV than others. But that doesn’t mean you can’t improve your CV by reducing it a bit. As we’ve mentioned before, someone looking to hire a cleaner or shelf stacker won’t be too interested in your French GCSE’s, especially if you have experience in a similar role.
The bottom line is this – not everything needs to be included on your CV. The more precise and relevant your CV is, the better.
Amending your CV by reducing it can be tricky, and often depends on what type of position you’re applying for. The best advice we can give you is to use your common sense and to think like an employer. If your CV is currently 7 pages long, with written recommendations from employers from over 6 years ago in positions irrelevant to the one you’re applying for, you may want to take them out. At least for the position you’re applying for.
Asking Only to Contact References at Certain Points.
References are an important part of any CV. They can enhance an average CV into a good one, and a good one into a great one.
However, if you’re currently employed whilst applying for an open position, you may not want your references contacted right away. After all, if the potential employer contacts your current employer to ask questions about your performance before they show solid interest in you, it may jeopardise your current employment. Which is fine if you’re close to leaving for the new position you’re applying for, but not if there’s no solid interest yet.
What many people don’t know is that they can ask that references are only contacted at certain points, or even supply them only after some interest has been shown. The first option is a little safer
Re-Writing it Entirely.
This can be the biggest pain of them all. But it can also be for the best.
It’s common for most people to simply update their CV with whatever new experience of qualifications they have, without going through what’s already there. Meaning that not only are the oldest qualifications and experience at the top, but there may be out of date information on there. Or worse yet, spelling mistakes.
This can be time-consuming, but it can also be the key to your next job interview being your last (in a good way). By re-writing your CV, you can ensure it is the most up-to-date possible, whilst double-checking for spelling and grammatical errors. After all, if an employer notices a glaring error on your CV, will they trust you’ll do the job correctly?
You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but people do. So, the best you can do is make sure your cover is the best it can possibly be. And yes, in this scenario, you’re the book, and the cover is your CV.
Re-writing your CV will only help to enhance your chances of nailing the next job interview. It may take some time to do, but it’ll definitely pay off in the long run.
We know that applying for jobs can be a stressful time, and you’ll often you’ll want to find something decent as soon as possible. Because of this, it can be tempting to send out the same CV to every position you’re applying for.
But taking a few minutes to edit and re-arrange your CV can really help to enhance your chances of making a good first impression. So, the next time you’re job hunting, considering pulling up this blog and keeping it to one side as you apply.
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Thanks for reading, and good luck with your next job interview!