Your CV is your very own shop window. It is the one chance you get to impress a potential employer before they either place you in the ‘interview’ pile or ‘discard’ pile. Either way you only get a matter of minutes to make the right impression.
Most staffing solution companies, like Resource Employment Solutions, will give you plenty of help in creating and tailoring your CV for your ideal role. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to this type of assistance.
If you have found yourself in a little bit of a rut, do not panic. This guide will help you sell yourself through your CV.
There is a method to creating a great CV, one that should get you noticed.
Stage One – Set the SceneThis is where you can deliver the potential big knock out blow and get noticed. Some people call it a ‘Personal Statement’, whilst others label their introduction as ‘Core Skills and Experience’. Either way, these should be short, snappy and to the point.
You can choose to set them up in two simple ways. You can either put a few clearly constructed sentences at the start, or you can use more detailed bullet points, to sell yourself.
By setting the scene, at the beginning of your CV, you are trying to convince the reader to carry on reading. Allowing them to take each section in at a time. You need to make this first section as compelling as possible.
You can also tailor the start of your CV by paying particular attention to the role and the employer that your CV will be sent to. Try and include job and industry relevant information as much as you can.
Stage Two – Picking the Right WordsYou will need to think very carefully about what words and phrases you use within your CV. Of course, everything needs to be spelt correctly and the grammar needs to be perfect. However, you also need to consider using less clichéd phrases and statements, such as; great team player and excellent communicator.
You need to think about what makes you different, or at the very least how you can position yourself in another way. This is especially required if you are applying for a role which is going to be fiercely competed.
Stage Three – Story TellingDo not think of this as being able to lie on a CV. If you make false statements and get offered the job, the chances are that you will get found out and sacked. Our advice is; do not lie on your CV.
Storytelling is exactly what it is. The means to structure your CV in a clear and concise way, much like a story has a beginning, middle and end.
Storytelling within a CV is vital. It allows the reader to become engaged with both you and your skills and experience. It makes a future employer think about you and what you have achieved. It is this thought process that you want to appeal to.
Stage Four – Give Your CV StructureAs we have touched on above, giving your CV structure enables the reader to clearly see what you have achieved and what skills you can bring to the role.
Adding a concise structure to your CV also helps you tell your story. Where you have worked, what experience you have, the skills that you have developed over time and what aspirations you have for your future.
Other Helpful CV TipsEach role that you apply for will be slightly different, yet you have probably sent out the same CV. If you really want the role that you have applied for, spend some time on it and tailor your CV for that specific position.
You should never undersell yourself. If you think something deserves a place on your CV, then you should include it.
Always include something from your personal life. A CV is not just about your professional experiences, it should also include something from your personal life, something that you are proud of. For example, if you have completed some charity work, include this.
Remember, an employer doesn't just see your skills and experience. They see an individual. Someone who has the potential to deliver.