The job-market is tough, this we know, but there are ways of making sure that your CV goes straight to the interview pile, and not the bin!
Your CV can be your meal-ticket into your most desired profession, you could be the best person for the job but if your CV isn’t up to scratch you won’t even be considered for the job.
Harsh, but true.
Article by Allie.
There isn’t a right or a wrong way to prepare your CV you are going to need to make sure that you are getting the basics right.
The most common and useful things that you should cover are personal and contact information, including your name and a professional email address. If you don’t have a professional sounding email address, now is the time to get one! Employers aren’t usually impressed by ‘Mr-x-Gawjus2k8@hotmail.com’(apologies if this is anyone’s actual email address, but, it might be time to move on, it’s not 2008 anymore…).
You also need to include your education history and whatever qualifications you have that are relevant to the role you’re applying for. You work experience and history, your skills and achievements and your personal interests and hobbies, (these are great to put in as it shows employers that you aren’t a robot!)
At the end of your CV always offer your references with a simple sentence to say that ‘References are available upon request’. Usually you won’t have space to list your references on your CV, so this works fine.
Once you’ve thoroughly read and understood the job description you will need to tailor your CV towards the job you’re applying. This doesn’t mean taking things off, but maybe enhancing certain parts of your CV that would be most appropriate for the role that you are applying for.
If you think there are gaps where you don’t have relevant experience you will need to explain why your skills would meet what’s needed by the job.
Most employers like CVs to be, at the maximum, two sides of A4 paper. Also they need to be pristine, on good quality paper and should never be crumpled or folded.
If you’re applying for a job in the creative sector you may want to show off some of your flair within your CV. For example if you’re a graphic designer you may want to create your own logo or font to top your CV with.
Fill in the gaps
Even if your CV has shortfalls, for example, periods of unemployment or any time that you were made redundant, fill in the gaps and show your potential employers that you spent the time training or doing something useful with your time such as researching your future job prospects and how you could prepare yourself for future job interviews.
Check & Update
Once you’ve written your CV, get a close friend or family member that will give you honest feedback to look over it and make sure that it reads well. If you’ve been working on something for a while it can become hard to see the wood for the trees, so take a break and let someone else check it over.
You also need to remember to keep updating your CV. An out-of-date CV will not impress an employer, even if it’s your address or a way that you’ve phrased a sentence, if it’s not up to date it won’t give off a good impression.
Don’t forget that your CV alone won’t be the only factor in getting you the job; you need to back everything up and appear professional. I was once told by a recruiter from a huge online fashion site that they wouldn’t consider an application if the person didn’t run their own blog.
This may seem harsh but in actual fact it transpires as the fact that if the applicant is not totally interested and submerged in the culture that surrounds the job, they might not be the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable candidate.
This applies to any area of work, not just the fashion industry. You must show interest in the industry outside of the boundaries of work. In this case, the fashion giants would be able to see that the applicant keeps up with trends, loves fashion and can stick at something that has to be regularly updated. But in other industries, for example, if you’re applying for a care based or support job and you volunteer for a charity or run a support group this would definitely work in your favour in the same way a blog would benefit an application applying for a magazine or fashion industry based job.
Now you’ve read some hints and tips you can go and make your CV amazing and you’ll have a better chance at bagging your dream job!
If you have any other tips that you think might be useful, leave a comment below.
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