A CV is a type of a resume used by professionals in the field of academia, medicine, teaching, and research. Students are also required to submit a CV when they are applying for fellowships, graduate and post graduate degree programmes. Moreover after completing your education while applying to companies you feel the need of building a good CV.
A CV is the most important tool that you can use to showcase your qualifications, skills and achievements and present yourself as the most desirable candidate for the role you are applying for. It is therefore the gateway to securing your dream job and hence you need to put in much thought while building one.
Here are few tips we have put together to ensure you construct a professional CV and secure your dream job.
Research the job and company:
Most jobs come with a job description or person specification. If not provided, don’t be afraid to ask one – it is acceptable and proves your interest in the job. The job description will indicate the skills and competancies they are looking for in a candidate. Once you have gained this knowledge you can now assess how these requirements can be reflected in your CV.
Whether you are familiar with the industry or the type of role that interests you in a particular industry, it is recommended you undertake some research. This will further indicate the typical skillset required to fit in the job role.
Showcase you skills:
Your CV will either make or break it for you. Hence it is very important you identify your key skills. This will help you to focus on the content of your CV and create an impact.
Create a seperate skill section for your CV. This will make you stand out and will let your potential employer know you are a suitable candidate worth calling in. Also make sure you spell out your skills so that the potential employer does not have to search for them in the main content. Corporates screen huge number of CV’s and tick off the one’s matching with your profile. Thus the seperate skill section will increase the efficacy of your CV and also increase your chances of securing an interview.
Structure your CV:
The next thing you need to do is draft the straw man structure of your CV. You can use the following sections : personal profile, key skills, key achievements, employment history and interests.
Use high quality content in your CV:
Under each employment role (if any) you could include bullet points covering in detail the skills that you mentioned earlier. Use key words that have power like led, managed, contributed to, team work, initiative, etc. that will make you look spectacular rather than someone of substance.Give careful thought to your personal profile to ensure it has an impact and reflects your key skills – this is the first part read by your prospective employer. Also ensure that this section is not too detailed and long. Also please be honest with your personal statement. This should reflect you as a person and you need to speak about it convincingly throughout your interview.
Know your CV content inside out:
Make sure that you are well versed with what’s down in black and white on your CV. You should expect to be asked detailed questions based on your CV at an interview. Go through your CV a couple of times before getting into an interview.
Now you are all set to go get that job!
By meditating on your key skills you have made the right start to constructing your CV. Now you need to think about which skills you need to highlight at the interview. Here you can think of some examples when you actually used these skills to win over a given situation. It is always good to have pre-meditated upon answers for obvious questions at an interview rather than getting flustered by not giving yourself a chance to give it your best.
P.S. The “one-size-fits-all” concept does not work when it comes to your CV. Your CV needs to be customised based on the job you are applying for and based on the industry you will operate in.