As a job seeker one of the most difficult things to do is
grab someone’s attention and make a great first impression without ever meeting
that person. The first step to job hunting is ensuring you put together an
outstanding CV that tells your career story. Recruiters receive thousands of
applications every day, so it’s more important than ever to ensure your CV is
the needle in the haystack that gets discovered.
Here are four quick tips for updating your CV so that you can
get the job you want before the end of this year.
Write your CV for busy people
It’s important to create a CV that’s current, relevant, and appealing. You
need to signpost the most important aspects of your skills and experience. No
one is really interested in your internships or entry-level positions, unless
you’re still starting out fresh. That is why you need to make it concise and
informative, so that even when it is skim-read it conveys your message. Use a
clear structure, heading and bold subtitles and remove everything irrelevant.
In the digital era the reality is that most often companies use programs to
assist with scanning through applications. It’s therefore important to ensure
your CV includes certain keywords that will help software match your skills to
a job. Choose keywords directly from the job description, especially those
mentioned more than once. Your keywords should be thoughtfully woven into your
overall story, ideally in several places throughout your CV.
Highlight accomplishments and achievements
The job market is competitive so the best way to sell yourself is not
focusing on your duties at your current or previous jobs but rather on
accomplishments and achievements. Using numbers, context, and meaningful
metrics, your CV must paint a picture of you in action. How you contribute to
the organization, how you show initiative in your job. Highlight what you did
on the job that was different or better than anyone else holding that job.
Fill in the gaps upfront
Whether you were retrenched, you had to care for an ailing parent, chose to
raise your family, or you took time off for furthering your education or simply
travelling, never leave gaps in your work experience on your CV. It’s not about
trying to catch you out, recruiter and employers just want a reasonable
explanation for your absence from formal employment.
Whether you are a candidate urgently looking for a new job
or somebody looking to form a long-term career building partnership, talk to
us. We have a team of dedicated consultants specialising in the Finance, IT, Engineering, Supply
Chain and Freight industries. They can connect you with Top Employers in
South Africa while assisting you to map both long and short term career
objectives and advise you on what steps to take to reach your ultimate career
goal. Communicate Recruitment Connecting Great People with Great Careers.