Thursday, January 7, 2010
CV Tips! Impress in less than 30 seconds!
When your CV lands on an employer’s desk, it may be one of hundreds they have to deal with. Generally, recruiters and employers do a very quick first sorting of CVs, spending perhaps only 20-30 seconds on each one. This initial screening is really to remove any applicants who don't match up to the employer's expectations. So, CVs with errors, or omissions, or ones which are poorly set-out or formatted will be discarded immediately.
To survive this first round, your CV has to impress the employer in maybe less than 30 seconds. A tall order! But it's one you can meet by careful checking and editing to make sure your CV is error free and looks professional.
Be the best!
To get a job, you have to show you're better than the other candidates.
Being the best means showing that you have all the personal qualities, skills and experience that employers are looking for.
Your CV can show you're the best by using effective words to show you have everything the employer is looking for. But it also needs to be well-formatted and presented too.
Write your contact details at the top of the first page of your CV, including your
- postal address
- home phone number
- mobile phone number
- email address
- web site address (eg: if you have samples of your work displayed on a web site).
Your name should also be written at the top of other pages of your CV - but don't include your contact details again.
Your career objective
Below the contact details section of your CV, you can include your career objective - what you're trying to achieve in applying for jobs.
Your career objective can show employers that there is a good 'fit' between what they are looking for in an employee, and what you are looking for in your career.
Keep your career objective brief and to the point. Aim for no more than 2-3 lines of text, or about 40-50 words.
One of the biggest sections on most CVs is the 'career history' or 'work experience' section. This shows the jobs you've had together with your responsibilities and achievements.
Always include dates for the jobs you've had during your career, and mention the name of the employer together with the kind of work they did.
Education and qualifications
Whatever type of CV you're writing you'll need to include a section which details your qualifications.
Always start the qualifications sections of your CV with your highest qualification, eg: bachelor (or first) degree, masters’ degree etc. If you've just left school, college or university, you'll also need to include details about the institution and courses you attended.
Explain educational acronyms (eg: GCE) if the employer might not know what the term means.
One of the most important questions an employer needs to answer is "Have you the skills to do the job?" So, listing your skills which are relevant to the jobs you're applying for is a good idea.
Some of your skills will be 'transferable'. These are skills which you can use in a variety of different jobs. Examples include leadership, organizational skills, communication, computer skills etc.
When writing about your skills, choose 4 or 5 which the employer is looking for, and then write about those skills in detail.
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