We have all been there before, you’re searching online or through the newspapers and you find your dream job. You have finally found the job you’ve been looking for that will help you move your career in the right direction. You submit your resume and then you wait. And wait. And wait. You haven’t heard anything in weeks so you just give up.
If you were qualified for the job, then you should have been called in for the interview right? Wrong! Being qualified isn’t enough, you have to make sure your qualifications stand out from the crowd and the first way to do that is with your CV. The CV is an important tool to show your educational background, work experience, and professional accomplishments.
Here are some tips & tricks to help your CV stand out from the crowd:
• Target your CV based on the job description. In any job you will have worked on a variety of projects but you should talk about the specific tasks you’ve done that demonstrate you can do this new job. If the company is looking for someone with marketing experience, highlight those skills and your school activities in your CV.
• Use action oriented words and show real impact. Don’t just list everything you have done at your job. Focus on your key accomplishments and how you helped your company or organization. For examples, “Increased employee participation in corporate social responsibility efforts from 67% to 89%.”
• Catch any errors or mistakes before you send it out. Companies want employees that will represent the company well. If you send a CV with spelling errors or inconsistent formatting, that sends the wrong message about your work ethic and professionalism. Always have someone else review your resume before you submit it.
• Keep your CV to 1 page. Human resources professionals and recruiters are busy people. If you can’t show them why they should hire you in 1 page they will move on to someone else.
Do you have any other tips and tricks that have worked for you? Share them with Savvy Madam so we can all get our dream jobs.