Consider the importance of your CV

In Interviewing, Tips by AlexK

I believe that, sometimes, job seekers forget the importance of a CV and the impact it has on the outcome of any job applications they make. Your CV, often along with the cover letter, is often what will decide whether you get called or don’t get called to an interview – that’s pretty straight forward, we all know that. But with ‘being called to the interview’ being a significant step in the job hunting process, why do some of us not spend enough time preparing our CV’s?

Focus on the Layout

Firstly, there is no right way to write a CV, as each hiring manager will have their own preferences as to how a CV looks. However, there are a lot of wrong ways. It is important to have the structure clear and for your own benefit, make your achievements obvious. Try not to make it too long and don’t use up space with experience which is not relevant or a very long time ago. Use your space wisely. Bullet points can often be useful, especially if you have examples of being a top performer. Every hiring manager wants the best candidate, so if you can, use such points to outline what makes you stand out from the crowd – what makes you a great hire. When you’ve finished your CV, ensure that it’s never confusing. A Hiring Manager should be able to figure out your experience in 10 seconds. Ensure this is the case with your CV once you have finished it.

Interview

Your CV can also be the document that hiring managers will refer to for direction in the interview. With this in mind, your CV can often influence the questions that hiring managers will ask as well as the pace of the interview. If there are more points listed on a CV for a hiring manager, especially if they’re points which impress the hiring manager (as they should), this can lead to a better interview. Explanations are sometimes necessary; for example, if you’ve worked in an amazing property that is overseas, the hiring manager may not be familiar with it and may not appreciate its worth as a result. In such instances, an explanation is important and can increase your chances of a better interview.

Overall tips:

  • Make 100% sure it’s totally accurate. One simple inaccuracy can make a hiring manager doubt your other claims.
  • Make sure your CV looks ‘clean’. It should look tidy and smart, with appropriate formatting.
  • Keep it simple – simple text, same size text, ‘fancy’ formatting can sometimes be a disadvantage as opposed to an advantage.
  • Your CV should be tailored to the position you’re applying for – certain traits from past experience will be more relevant for certain positions that others; one size does not fit all.
  • Avoid personal comments and opinions
  • Never be seen to speak about a past employer / experience negatively – it won’t benefit your application.

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