Tailoring your CV for a new job hunt can be stressful if you don’t know where to start. What details should you include? How long should your personal statement be? What should you write if you don’t have enough experience?
The difference between getting an interview in no time and getting only rejection after rejection could be just a well-tailored CV.
Just follow Groomfield Recruitment’s 5 tips for a perfect CV and start the journey of finding your new dream job!
1. First things first
Before thinking about experience, skills and cover letters make sure your full name, email address phone number any other personal details are there and spelt correctly – it would be a shame not to get an interview because the recruiter had the wrong number and couldn’t contact you.
Make sure your CV is easy to open from any computer. Just try to stick with the classic .doc or PDF formats.
2. Personal statement? What’s that all about?
The personal statement is a paragraph that is usually placed under your name and details. It’s an important part of your CV so don’t just copy it into every role you apply for. Tailor it and make it personal for each job application.
A personal statement should not be longer than 200 words. First, just write a sentence or two about who you are, for example, ‘A highly skilled marketing specialist’. Next, explain why you’re suited for the new role and what you can offer the company.
You should conclude by marking your future career goals, such as ‘I am looking to start my career in a leading digital agency where I can focus on client branding and further develop my skills’.
3. Tailor your CV for every role
You should tailor your CV, just the way you tailor your personal statement: every time you apply for a new job type. Start with one basic CV and save a copy for each of the job types you’re planning to apply to, eg. Industrial jobs, Commercial jobs etc. The base information, work experience and education will be relevant with every application.
Next, read the job description carefully and research the company. Make sure you understand what the role requires and decide if you are qualified enough to apply. Highlight the keywords and skills listed in the description and add them to your CV. For example, if the description states they need someone with ‘excellent verbal and interpersonal communication’, make certain that these words appear in your CV.
Tailoring your CV might sound like a lot of work, remember you don’t have to start your CV from scratch every time. Just adjust it along the way and it should be all you need.
4. What if you don’t have that much work experience?
Recruiters are not looking only at your work experience but also at what your potential.
If you don’t have much experience or you’ve been out of work for some time, don’t just leave a gap in your CV. Put a positive spin on it. If you volunteered, work on a blog or done an internship during your studies, don’t hesitate to mention this. Even your six months drama class from college could have helped you develop soft skills such as teamwork, ability to work to target and time management.
Remember to be honest about your skills. Make a list of your main skills and find ways that demonstrate and highlight them, using examples from your studies, volunteering or any other activities that are in any way related. You could also mention interests and hobbies if they’re relevant for the position you’re applying for. For example, if you’re looking for a customer service job, you could mention that you love helping people in your CV.
5. Right CV, Right Application, Wrong Company.
It may seem like obvious advice but make sure you double and triple check the role and company you’re sending your application to. Sending out the wrong CV could really harm your chances of being selected for an interview.
Be mindful if you applied, for example, for many ‘Customer Service – Birmingham’ jobs, and now you’re applying for the role of ‘Booking Agent – Sutton Coldfield’. Double-check the CV, the personal statement, cover letter, and your email subject and recipient.
If you create your CV by carefully follow Groomfield’s tips you’ll be sure to get an interview invitation in no time. Soon enough you’ll be asking yourself what to wear to your interview, how early should you be there and what questions to ask. Fear not and click here to find out how to ace your next interview, step by step