A Story of Strengths, Achievements and Skills, your CV
What are Hiring Managers and Recruiters looking for in a CV?
The best CV is the one that tells your story in terms of strengths, achievements, and skills and is adapted to what the hiring manager or recruiter is looking for in terms of soft and hard skills targeted in the job add.
To make an impact your CV you need to hook its reader within seconds because recruiters are receiving hundreds of applications for a position and they usually don’t have enough the time to scan CVs.
Here are some tips for a good CV:
- Present the information in a succinct yet readable form
- Tailor your CV to each particular job that you apply for and include in your CV relevant details to the job offer
- Whether six months in one role or several years, be clear where you added value and your personal contributions
- Include all relevant skills gained and required in previous positions because they should demonstrate your suitability for the job
- Don’t forget to brag, list your results and achievements – present your results, so they see that you achieved your targets
- Highlight relevant educational certificates and education, sometimes education is a critical requirement
- Layout of your CV needs to be clear and structured
- Include instantly recognizable keywords throughout your CV and avoid jargon. Bear in mind that the person reading your CV may not be a technical or an industry expert.
You may possess all the desired skills and experience to excel in a role, but if you don’t document them clearly in your CV, you can be excluded from the short list for the job you’ve applied for.
Don’t forget that the purpose of your CV is to point out the strengths, work experience and personal contributions to the jobs you had, relating to the job you are applying for. This is how you can actually increase your chances to get a job with your CV.