Tips For Building a Laser-Guided CV in 2012

Jan 9, 2012 by

Tips For Building a Laser-Guided CV in 2012

Every week recruiters are faced with hundreds of CVs piled on their desks. Most people use their CV like a fire-and-forget missile – so is it any wonder that most CVs end up in the recruiter’s bin?

Get the fundamentals right…

If one of your first tasks this year is sitting down to revise your CV, your challenge is to create a resume that won’t get buried or binned, and the tips below will help you succeed…

1. Make sure your CV is tightly aimed.

You are the product; your CV is a tool, and needs to earn you a phone call leading to an interview. If it’s not, consider whether you need to improve it, or whether it’s just a case of sending it to the right people.

2. Learn how to sell yourself.

Would you buy a big-ticket product from a sales-person who didn’t know that product? Make sure that you know what you have to offer an employer, and learn how to communicate the same on the phone and face-to-face.

3. Find better ways to get your CV looked at.

Don’t rely on one or two job search methods, especially if they’re not yielding results. Why not consider:

  • Phoning ahead of sending your CV, asking the person for feedback.
  • Asking your network of contacts to help you finesse it your CV.
  • Putting in personal appearances to places you want to work, taking your CV to leave behind.

4. Make your CV clear and concise.

Make sure you buck the trend amongst job-hunters who all too often forget or ignore the following basic advice:

Your contact info is paramount so put it at the top. Put your name, phone, email, and location at the top of page one. Remember that your personal data is valuable – so only give what they need. And double-check that everything is correct, especially your phone and email details.

Aim for 2 pages, keeping it short and to the point. One page is too short and three pages starts feeling too long.

Focus on selling your core achievements and leave anything extra for the interview.

Cut out any unsubstantiated claim, waffle, buzzword, or half-truth.

5. Use a structure but avoid the templates.

Beware of fitting your CV into a standard template – many recruiters simply bin them. Demonstrate that you can write your own CV by making it your own, building it around your personal profile, education, career achievements, and active interests.

6. Give the recruiter what they really want.

Actually, most recruiters don’t know what they really want. 80% of the decision at interview is really, “Do I like you?” People screen by exclusion, not by inclusion, so make sure your CV answers their first question, “Why should I interview you?”

7. You need a CV targeted to each specific audience you aim at.

Job applications rarely succeed when made with CVs that haven’t been tailored to the specific needs of the employer and the role they are recruiting for. Each audience has different needs for you to meet, so more time spent on research and less firing off applications for jobs posted online can often cut short a job search.

8. Make your CV personal because people hire people.

Make sure that your CV genuinely reflects who you are. Write it yourself, in your own language and style. Assuming you don’t make your CV too whacky or zany, you shouldn’t be afraid to add touches of personality or individuality – and in fact, it may be what draws a potential employer to you.

More help with creating a winning CV…

What Does Your CV Really Say? 

Is this really YOUR resume? 

23 Reasons Why Your Job Application Won’t Get You Hired 

I Do Not Want Anybody Who Cannot Write Their Own CV 

How To get Screened In For An Interview  

What do you think?

If you’re open to sharing your experiences and thoughts, or want to share what you’ve learnt with other job-hunters, why not get in touch or post your thoughts in the comments box below?

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