If you’re thinking of getting a new job this year, make sure your CV is ready to go as soon as the perfect position lands in your inbox.
While being first to apply for a new job may not guarantee you an interview, being ready with your CV saves time and stress when the right position appears. And a cool, calm, collected approach to the application process can go a long way to ensuring you make a great impression.
Craft and improve your cover letter
Cover letters are very important. They introduce you to the employer, and if they don't like what they see there, your application could be rejected without a second glance. Your cover letter is also a great place to put important information that you wouldn't include in your CV.
Clean up your social presence
Potential employers and recruiters will look at social media channels to gain an understanding of who you are. Google your name. Like what you see? If not, take the time to update and improve your online presence and align your online reputation with your work interests. Help employers to see that you enjoy what you do and that you're good at it too.
Stick to the job title
If you've worked in different industries you've probably gained experience in a variety of fields. When applying for a job, make sure you customise your CV according to the job you're applying for. For example, if you’re applying for a position in sales, find the qualities and examples of strong sales experience in your previous jobs that would strengthen your application. Delete any information that is not relevant and remember to keep it short, detailed and always include supporting evidence. Research the company and align your achievements and qualities to what the employer is looking for.
Prove you’re the best
Highlight your top achievements for each job or consider placing a “career highlights” section in your CV. The employer must see what you could bring to the team and why you’re the best choice. Be careful not to brag or be too vague. Offer specifics, such as how your contribution improved sales by 25% in the first quarter, or how your suggestions resulted in a 30% increase in online registrations.
Prepare your CV for sending
When an interesting job pops up, you should have a neat CV ready to go. Keep in mind that potential recruiters and employers might not view your CV on a PC – some might look at it on their mobile devices as well. Ensure your CV can be easily read on any device and always have a text-based version ready.
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