Hints to turn your CV from a list of jobs to a coherent professional history of achievements and skills to get you invited for interview.
One of the biggest problems many of my clients are struggling with is where to begin when writing their CV. Particularly if they have been away from the workplace for some time. So read on to discover my secrete to success.
- We have stopped talking about duties now is it all about achievements, what have you achieved in each position, what did you bring to the table.
- When considering what achievements to add to your CV first read the job description, the essentials should all be reflected in your CV and the desirable as well if possible.
- Stay on message, your message is that you can fill this position and your CV is proving evidence that you have already done it successfully, through your examples.
- Never Never Never mention anything negative……. It’s all good!!!!
For help developing your CV for today’s market give me a call or send me an email to set up an appointment.
For now good luck with your job search.
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Well it’s already two weeks into January, phew! what a long month, or maybe it just seems that way because let’s face it, without the odd glass of vino and the burger we are avoiding like the plague time is just dragging a little.
For those of us who didn’t quite make veganuary or who like myself had a few glasses of wine over the last couple of weeks, its ok…….. not everything has to happen in January and frankly why try to do everything all at once. For most of us that approach is doomed to failure. For those of us who are succeeding WELL DONE and keep at it.
For everyone else, we can achieve everything we want to, it just has to matter to us and we just need a little support to clear the fog and find our first step.
Don’t let January get away from you, make a decision now to improve. Give me a call and let me tell you all about the benefits of coaching. It can change your life you know! If you decide coaching is not for you that’s fine, you will still benefit from the meeting. We all take something away from every new person we cross paths with.
I look forward to meeting you, it’s possible, just do it!!
Including your entire history of work and experience in your CV might actually be hindering your chance of success. How far back should your CV go?
When it comes to updating your CV the worry is always how much to put in. Most of us err on the side of caution and add everything we have ever done including things like hobbies and interests.
You generally have about 8 seconds to make an impression. The employer wants to know can you do the job; he/she wants proof that you have already been successful in a similar role. They are not interested in the fact that you like to read romantic novels or even that you go for a swim now and then.
If you have a great achievement like swimming the channel then by all means add it as an achievement otherwise best leave it out.
Keep it current – focus on the previous 10 years and use your space efficiently. One line about the organisation, a line about your job role and then on to your achievements.
Cut down on the historic information, as it will not help with this application. Nobody wants gaps in their CV and there is no need for them. A one-line description for roles over 10 years old is enough. Company, date and job title will be sufficient.
If there are extraordinary achievements during this time add them under achievements.
If you are focusing too much on the older positions it will look suspect as through you are no longer succeeding.
The explanation should be getting shorter as the years go back.
When writing your CV always remember to mirror the job spec and it’s essential requirements.
For information on which CV to use get in touch. #CVupdate
There are several different paths to employment at this stage in your career, the forward-thinking student will have been doing some work during their summer holidays to gain experience as an employee. For those students who did not get the opportunity to do that, some of the following options might help:
- Talk to your professor; ask him/her if they know anybody who would give you a job or an internship, or merely an interview.
o All universities are in some way linked to the organisations that are offering courses, whether it is through personal friendships or professional relationships.
- Apply to do an internship in your area of study
o Start with the Google search word Internships, and this will take you to all sorts of possibilities.
o Once you are in the company, you have the opportunity to make an impression. This is vital in today’s competitive graduate job market.
- Consider taking a temporary position
o For the same reason as above, once you have your foot in the door, you have the chance to make that all-important good impression, if and when a permanent position becomes available you will be in the right place at the right time
- Apply for jobs on a jobs board related to your field of study
o For this action, you will need a CV. But you don’t have much work experience to put on your CV so what should you do. This is the time for you to learn about the different kinds of CVs and which is the most suitable for you in your time of life and career.
- Look at the Times top 100 Employers and find out which employer is in your field of study.
o Make your application directly to these employers using your functional CV and a portfolio if one is called for.
o Recruitment agencies are always looking for new candidates to register with them. The agent will then place your CV with the employer he/she thinks is most suitable. The agent works on commission so they will do the best they can to get you employed.