As with so many things in job seeking, the perfect CV should have you tap into what you believe people should know about you without any form of exaggeration. Here are some few over-looked essentials that will give you the best shot of getting that dream job.
Cater your CV to each job you apply for
While it’s a good idea to have a CV on hand that you can easily send out when needed, it is also equally important that you take some time to tailor your CV to the job positions you are eyeing for. Bring attention to your most relevant skills and look to speak directly to whatever a company is looking for.
Make it one page
There are very few situations that can justify a two-page CV. For instance, if you have decades of experience and you’re seeking the ‘top job’, then yes, add the second page. However, try not to look like a job-hopper. Utilise all of the space at your disposal, even if it means playing with margins and fonts. Delete needless repetition of skills. In other words, do everything you can to keep your CV to one page.
Polish the parts of the CV that get looked at most
One of the sections that recruiters are interested in is the job experience. They want to know where you’ve been, how long you’ve been there and whether it’s in any way relevant to the job you are applying to. Another area you should carefully consider is at the bottom of the page where you put interesting facts about yourself. While every recruiter has their own style of analysing a CV, you ought to make everything well optimised so that the recruiter will straight away find the parts they consider to be of most importance.
Don’t try too hard to get attention
As a jobseeker, make sure the CV is professional and to the point. You don’t have to do anything extra in order to get noticed. Some job-seekers are tempted to drop their CVs in person, or attach small gifts in them. You don’t know who is on the other side of that CV, so don’t overstep the boundary. Do not attach your pictures, save them for LinkedIn! Just don’t try too hard; it might detract from the important details you want to relay.
Make your CV a multimedia resource
Your CV can serve as a resource centre to whatever else exists online about your that you think exemplifies who you are as a professional; and so should be included, if possible. It may be just one page, but it need not be static. If done well, your CV can serve as a jumping off point to anywhere you want to direct a recruiter.
You’re style of working
Lastly, have your CV show how you make things happen, and don’t just write a bullet-point list of your achievements. What they really want to know is: Do you add value? A lot of people recruiting don’t specifically know what positions the company needs, what they do know however, is that they need someone to get things done. Market your abilities.