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CV advice to ensure success

Written by Kimberley Startup | May 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

CV advice

Did you know the most common complaint amongst employers is that most CVs miss the point?

So how can you ensure that getting that great job doesn’t remain just a pipe dream? For starters, you should never have just one CV.

Hiring managers are very subjective to the type of employee they are looking for. As such, it is important to tailor your CV to fit with each job for which you are applying.

Find out as much as you can about what the hiring manager or recruiter wants from your CV before you apply. Look closely at the job advert, or even better, the person specification, Ask yourself ‘what would be their perfect applicant?’ then make a note of how you can demonstrate those qualities.

By having more than one CV, you’re able to target each individual resume with different objectives to match the job ad (or at least, the general career of which you want to work).

Bring out your relevant experience, whilst using keywords and important industry buzz words.  For example, for a sales executive role you might use words like target-driven and ambitious, whilst a sales management role would suit words like motivated, persuasive, good leadership qualities and so on.

You may find it useful to have some ‘barebones’ CVs that you can quickly and easily be tailored. Then, when a position is advertised that you’re interested in, you just need to tweak your CV and it’s done.

This is your chance to show an employer you’ve got the skills and experience they need, and that you are their perfect applicant.

If you need further advice on writing the perfect CV, we offer a range of resources for candidates, including a free CV critique and writing service.

If you have any CV writing tips or comments, please share them below.

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