What job do you really want?
Before you write your CV, you need to know what job you want to achieve and what profile of company is best for you. Then, when you have written it you need it in front of the RIGHT people. A CV is essentially a sales document, it needs to stand out as the one worth calling in for interview. A good CV design also improves your chances of a higher starting salary. Managers invariably look at them when deciding value.
Many managers and recruiters have a different opinion on what they would like to see in a good CV Design. On their first look at a selection, they will typically give 5 seconds on each to get say 30 CVs down to half a dozen or so worthy of closer scrutiny. If your best achievements are on page two, there is a good chance you will never be seen. They also look for factors that are relevant to them. They like them to be short, sharp and to the point. Professional recruiters often comment that the vast majority of CVs that they receive greatly under sell the owner. Remember, to the recipient the CV represents your whole life’s achievements!
So knowing exactly what position you are going for is essential so that you can design the CV to this objective. Most applicants make the mistake of believing that sending their CV to as many jobs as possible is the best way. It isn’t. At Success Moves Consultancy on our interview days we find many people ask questions or ring us for facts that were clearly stated in the advertisement. Recruiters are also tired of receiving covering letters that were clearly designed for a different job. This has developed in them the habit of deleting fast. So you need to make impact straight away.
Stage 1: Goals
What is the job you are going for?
What qualities in an employer are they seeking?
Why do you want this position?
What do you think are your best qualities for the job?
Where do you want to be a year from now?
What is your ideal, yet realistic position for 5 years from now?
When you know what role you want it is important to choose an environment that suits you. To achieve this you need to establish your values and look for a company that shares them.
a) What are five things that you have enjoyed at work most?
b) What is it about “a)” that is so important to you?
a) Learning new skills:
b) Personal Development, Meeting People, Inspiration, Growth, Challenge, New ideas.
a) Beating Targets:
b) Money, Winning, Achievement, Competition, Challenge.
Now let us get down to getting you an interview winning CV.
- What achievement in your career are you most proud of?
- What training have you completed in the last year?
- What are the three things that you want most in a new position?
- What do you regret most not having done in your career?
- What do you like doing most at work?
- What do you like least?
- What really motivates you to excel?
- What are your three key strengths?
- Do you have a full driving licence?
- Do you smoke?
- What achievements at sport have you made?
- How IT literate are you?
Basic CV Information
What is your full name?
When and where were you born?
Are you married or single?
Do you have children? If so, how many?
Can you speak any foreign languages?
What secondary school did you go to?
What were the years you were there?
What final exams did you pass, with grades?
What else did you achieve at secondary School? (Prefect, school prize, won a race, won an award, etc)
If you progressed in education:
What was your next college name and dates?
What final examination did you achieve?
What was your next college name and dates?
What final examinations did you take, grade?
What training courses have you attended?
(List everything even if it was only a one-day course)
What jobs, if any did you have before leaving full time education?
From leaving full time education?
Please ensure that all dates add up.
Dates: Employers Name: Initial Job Title:
List of your achievements/promotions: Reasons for leaving
What are your interest/hobbies outside of work?
What achievements have you made at these hobbies/interests?
Do you have any references from past employers? Put in direct quotes.
Are you a member of any organisations?
Are you IT Literate? Please expand.
What else do you think is worth mentioning?
Now you are ready to write your CV.
Here are some golden rules:
1. If you will relocate say so. Many people are rejected because the recruiter believes the commute is not feasible.
2. Mention if you drive and have use of a car.
3. Put the latest education and experience first it is your most valuable.
4. Focus on achievements and NOT duties and responsibilities. Talk about how you exceeded the role expectations.
5. Avoid bullet points and glib phrases like, “I work well in a team and as an individual.”
6. Add any positive third party quotes about you.
7. Try to get your CV on to one page. To achieve this ask of every sentence. “What does this sentence do to convince someone to see me?”
8. Use positive action verbs like: improved, exceeded, enhanced, increased.
9. Makes sure how to contact you is very clear and prominent.
10, Make it neat and tidy with the dates adding up.
Now you have a winning CV watch the video below and learn some interview success secrets.
Good Luck Job Hunting!