We all know that recruiters find themselves faced with piles of CVs/Resumes to sift. How do you make your CV jump out of the pile and on to the desk as selected for interview. Well, when you write your it, it helps to keep in mind why you are doing it.
At its most basic, A CV is a short list of facts about you and your work history, skills, qualifications and experience. A good CV is essential when looking for work and it is worth spending time getting it right. It needs to show you as valuable to any potential employer.
So what will a recruiter be looking for?
Well certainly your CV should:
- Be neat, certainly typed, without typos, and to the best standard you can achieve in content and layout
- Be short, 2 sides of a sheet of A4 paper is usually enough
- Be positive, it should emphasize your achievements, strengths, successes
- Make a good impression. This means presenting the facts about you in a positive way.
I hope you are going to
- Send your CV with a covering letter or email asking companies if they have any current or future vacancies.
- Send your CV when applying for advertised vacancies
- Use your CV to help you remember all the dates and information you need each time you need to fill in an application form.
- Use it to jog your memory when applying for jobs by phone – it can help if you are asked to give more information about previous jobs.
- Have your CV with you while you’re waiting to be called in to an interview to help refresh your memory.
- You can also leave a copy with the interviewer if they do not already have one!
Sometimes recruitment agencies ask to see your CV before you can register with them.
So your CV is a way of letting a potential employer know just what value they will get if they employ you. This should be you marketing the most valuable product you have – yourself! Therefore it is going to be much more than just a list of roles.
For each role you do include, you need to show how in that role you added value.
When you have done that you can then lay claim to the associated competencies.
For example, if you led a team;
- Why did they exist
- Where did you lead them
- What did they achieve as a result of your leadership?
- What was your contribution and what hurdles did you have to overcome
- What value was delivered?
How does that information provide evidence to support your claim to the competence of leadership?
STAR stories make you a star
Remember STAR stories - for each one you include your job title and how long you were employed in the role, then set out briefly;
Situation – Describe the situation/problem you were faced with
Task – what did you have to do?
Action – what action did you take and why.
Results – highlight the outcome and the value delivered
Use a summary of your STAR stories to add value to your CV and show how you will add value for any new employer!
Meanwhile if there is advice you would like or questions you would like answered, please get in touch!
Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life. She believes coaching requires compassion, warmth and empathy. Wendy helps people reach their career goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life. You can contact Wendy at email@example.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com