Subtleties Of Effective Cv Preparation
CV. Curriculum vitaes. Résumé. No matter what you call them, they have only one goal; to introduce you, your knowledge and skills, and to convince the recruiter that you are worth interviewing for. There are many different schools of thought about what makes a resume perfect, what information it should contain, and what structure it should be… so instead of making superficial changes, we will focus on more inclusive themes that will help you streamline what you have.
Get short and cute
Whether you are applying for vocational training, an internship, or a job, your CV will likely face a lot of competition. The last thing you’ll want is for a busy employer to take a quick look at the first few pages of your carefully crafted eight-page CV, or, worse, eliminate it entirely because of its length. Make sure your CV is short and concise (two pages are often considered the ideal length) and that recruiters have easy access to important information about you and your experience.
Be relevant to its purpose and related to the position
Ask yourself; What does this recruiter need to know? These will probably be different from those of the recruiting expert you last encountered, so edit your résumé, extract something if necessary, and keep only the ones that matter. While it’s important for you to enjoy cooking and listening to music, remember that if you’re not applying for a job in catering or the music industry, this probably won’t be something of interest to a recruiter! Be careful to use the limited and valuable space you have to show why you are eligible for the open position you are applying for.
Self be safe but realistic
You can think of introducing yourself as walking a thin rope – you can be perceived as arrogant if you exaggerate, and this, combined with unrealistic achievements, may not sound very realistic to the recruiter. And if you’re too modest, you risk becoming like everyone else with your CV and getting lost in the background. Make sure that what you write positively promotes your skills and experiences, but remember that they should also be realistic enough that you can stand behind them in the interview.
Focus not only on what you’ve done, but also on what you’ve achieved
Simply writing down your experiences in lists without providing context and results can be an easy trap. Experience is good, but your experience alone can’t give a recruiter an idea of your contributions and achievements. You brought a new job to a company, but how did that benefit that company? You attended a training course, but how did that affect you? Such information gives the recruiter an idea of what you can bring to the organization as added value.
There is nothing as disturbing as reading how you always want to work in the automotive industry in an application to a pharmaceutical company for a recruitment specialist. When preparing your CV, don’t forget to specifically mention what is requested in the job ad and edit your CV according to the ad you are applying for!