7 ways to ensure your CV best describes who you are

Make your resume work for you with these essential tips

Sankar Pillai
December 8, 2019

First impressions make the best impressions, and when you are out scouting for that dream job, it pays to have an updated CV, a document that is essentially a window to your world for potential employers long before you both meet up.

And while some fail to recognize the importance of having a good CV to present, the modern workplace and the job market consider a good CV an essential piece of kit to clinching the job. So then, what raises the bar when putting together a good CV? Here are our 7 tips.

 1. Draw their attention

A strong opening statement that is also short and to the point will make an impression on employers who are time-pressed. If it is your first job, highlight your positives, from the ability to learn on the job while also staying adaptable. On the other hand, if you have a lot of past job experience to showcase, don’t drone on. Keep it short and succinct, and highlight the bits you wish to focus on through bullet points.

2. Tailor your CV

Different sectors prefer different styles when evaluating CVs. Know your sector and the CV template that is recognized and is more or less considered the industry standard, before curating it to meet your immediate requirements for a job interview.

3. Being recognized is a good thing

If you have earned praise from management at your previous jobs, make it a point to state this. If you’ve been frequently acknowledged by your team management and your peers for bringing constructive solutions to the workplace, now is a good time to put it all out there. Mentioning real-life examples helps you circumvent clichéd terms such as being a team player and a dedicated worker.

4. Write to the person reading your CV

Whether you mention ‘your company’ or write the name of the potential recruiting firm, address the employer directly. This will instantly help your words become more personal and relevant.

5. Education and qualifications in reverse chronological order

Your employer will want to know your latest qualifications first to consider if you have what it takes to fit into your current job profile, at least in theory. So ignore the bits about winning the annual spelling bee and the global elocution symposium and ensure you follow the reverse chronology rule when highlighting qualifications, while also mentioning only what is essential.

6. Additional skills

You never know if your prospective employer is planning to branch out and seek new roads for the company to grow. So if you have relevant skill sets that you feel can be an asset to your employer in the long term, mention them. This also reconfirms your initial statement as remaining adaptable to change.

7. Fine-tune your document

Be hard on yourself when whittling down your CV. Give it a good edit, cut out the bits, the words you feel are unnecessary and the final document will be gold.

Consider these tips and polish your resume for the job offer for a lifetime. And if you are still not confident enough of your chances, there is no need to worry.

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