It’s the end of one week and the beginning of another, and we’re sharing some tips and tricks that will help boost your CV and get you that Monday morning interview.
Employers get a lot of CVs, so it’s imperative that you make an impression and make it fast. As much as this might sound daunting – it’s not! It’s really simple once you know how and that’s exactly what we’re sharing with you today. So, for the top resume tips you need to know, keep reading
Make an impression
And I mean, make a good one.
Start strong, with an introductory email if you’re required to write one, or a cover letter that actually addresses the company. Don’t stop there, list things you’ve noticed about the company and reasons you were attracted to the job.
It’s always refreshing to receive a CV that seems as if it was tailored to you. If you’ve followed the company, can name the values they pride themselves on and are excited by the things they do – tell them.
Once you’ve hooked them, reel them in
You’ll get a second glance by personalizing your CV.
Talking about the company culture, industry trends and why you are applying in the cover letter or email is a great way to ensure you stand out from the pile of CVs an employer sifts through every day. But it’s not enough. You need to remember that you’re selling yourself to them.
Don’t be afraid to use sentences like “I worked at X for two years where I proved myself to be a valuable member of the team and was praised for my ability to organize, delegate and raring structure to the company.” When you compare it to a sentence that briefly describes when you worked there and what you did, it’s far superior and will continue to sell you.
Beware of typos and incorrect grammar and spelling. If you’re going after a job, you want them to see that you really want this. You need to present yourself as highly motivated with a great attention to detail. Mistakes make it seem like you don’t want the job, even worse, that you don’t care enough to proof the CV.
Usually, it’s just easy mistakes, and you can either run them through a spell checker like Grammarly or get someone (an unofficial editor like your mum or best friend) to look over it with a critical eye. This one seems like a no-brainer but don’t forget it. Your CV is kind of like a paper representation of you.
Identify the problem and make yourself a solution
Whilst your CV is important and must be strong, your cover letter needs to be even stronger. It’s your chance to pitch yourself.
It’s where you can make a connection between a company and yourself straight away, so they’re really important! It’s a great opportunity to sell yourself to the employer without selling yourself.