CV Writing Tips for Job Seekers
The following CV writing tips highlights features of effective CV
For most job seekers, the job market is a buyer's that is, an employer's market.
With so many talented people in the job market, the onus is on the candidates to sell themselves to the employer. Firstly you need to decide - is it going to be CV or resume.
A CV is similar to a resume in that it provides more details about one’s professional qualifications, experience and education. However, the term "Curriculum Vitae" most often called CV, typically carries a different meaning depending on whether one distribute the CV within the US, Canada or internationally (external to the US or Canada) or is seeking a faculty, academic, research, clinical or scientific position.
You can turn your updated resume into a CV by adding relevant detailed information and expanding the descriptions of your educational and professional experiences.
One of the most important features of an effective CV is that it looks forward rather then back and addresses the needs of the job being applied for. Many CVs by contrast are more concerned with what the job seeker has done, instead of what they want to do next.
Focus your CV. Ideally, a CV will have a clear and well-defined objective that fits well with the position sought. In such a way, it is far more likely that the candidate has a carefully thought out career plan and that the position sought fits into their long-term goals. Customize it for a particular position: if you have done both R&D and manufacturing but you are looking for a position in manufacturing, emphasize your manufacturing experience.
Another aspect of focus in the CV is the exclusion of irrelevant material, especially past experience. However, should be matches to the key accountabilities, requirements or key competencies required.
In addition, quantify your experience wherever possible. Cite numerical figures, such as monetary budgets, funds saved, sales target or budgets achieved, projects completed, time periods, efficiency improved, lines of code written / debugged, numbers of machines administered / fixed, etc. which demonstrate progress or accomplishments due directly to your work.
An effective CV will highlight the candidate's skills, knowledge, attributes, competencies, professional approach, achievements, qualifications and experience described in terms of what the job seeker can do to solve the employer's problem.
Experience generally weights very heavily and should be emphasized over education.
An executive summary on page 1 (whatever the title may be - Key Strengths, Professional Competencies etc.) should bring to the employer's immediate attention the candidate's best selling features in relation to the position.
To boost your chances of getting past the screening process, follow the first rule of marketing: "Give'em what they want". Here, you can try to reflect back the very words (keywords) they have used in their ad. Also, give specific examples of a how and where you have done the things, they are asking for.
Finally, this is not the time to be humble.Include as many relevant points as possible, without going overboard (save a few trump cards for the interview).
Professional, eye-catching presentation demands no errors in spelling or grammar, well-organized layout, consistent use of fonts and styles, and lots of white space!
So, when you have written a first attempt at your CV, get someone else to look at it and tell you how to make it better.What you have written may seem simple and obvious to you, but not to an employer!
Check the spelling and grammar of your CV and cover letter. Use the word processor's spell and grammar checker. If you are not confident of your ability to detect grammatical, punctuation and English or other language usage errors or if you need help in organizing your job application, CV or cover letter send it to a professional for assistance.
If you have a difficulty with your CV writing, instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use:
We are strongly recommending that you email your job applications and CVs together with cover letters. If you have a difficulty with your cover letter writing use:
- "fill in the blanks" computer software or
- cover letter builder or
- human cover letter writing services.
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