A Guide to Writing a Successful CV
On an average, for every advertisement, the employer receives around 60 applications from willing applicants, and for every skilled job advertised the number of average applicant falls down to 20. According to research conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, more than half of the people that apply for the job are perfectly suitable for the job that they are applying for.
This fact makes the role of their curriculum vitae or CV all the more important. In my experience for a postion like a maintenance engineer in the food manufacturing industry if we receive 1 candidate in 10 applications who has the required skill set and background requested on the job advert then we are lucky.
In situations like these and other times when you are applying for a job, your curriculum vitae is your chance to stand head and shoulders above the crowd. CV making has a few golden rules such as accuracy, spelling, and grammar that need to be followed. It is important that you start afresh with your CV and stay well away from blunders.
Points to be noted
Presentation of your CV matters, since it is your first impression on the employer. Make sure you type your CV and check for errors of grammar and spelling. Get someone you trust to check it –Even ask a recruiter, like me! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Keywords are important for when recruiters and inhouse recruiters do job searches on LinkedIn and job boards. In such cases, employers are likely to use a keyword search on your CV before they actually consider it. Hence, you need to make sure that your CV has all the keywords that have been used in the advert for the particular post. A job advert will usually have a mandatory requirement section. Make sure that you CV addresses these requirements by putting in the keywords they are asking for. If you lack the keywords in your experience then ask yourself is it the right job for you.
Another key aspect to consider in your CV is the font and the style of formatting used in the CV. Your CV needs to have a simple font and style that allows it to be readable on screens of different types.
Here are a few other tips to take into account when making your CV.
* Make sure that your CV is tailored specifically to the job that you are applying for. Sending out the same general format CV to all kinds of job applications will get you nowhere. ·
* The simpler your CV stays the better. Make sure that it is easy to read and understand and that it is no longer than two A4 pages (unless requested otherwise) ·
* Your CV is your introduction to the employer. Make sure that your CV contains all the key information about you such as your name, address, phone number, academic qualifications and professional experiences etc.
* Before sending out your CV, make sure you check and double check the CV. The last thing you want is to send out a CV that has false or inaccurate information or has spelling and grammatical mistakes.