It’s a fact that every vacancy is accompanied by, on average, 200 CVs of application with it. Assuming you’re one of these people, what makes you think you will stand out of the pack?
As the first point of communication with or employer, your CV plays a very influential role in getting you the job you’re interested in. And especially if the employer is spoiled for choice with hundreds and hundreds of CVs flowing his way, he/she is looking for the slightest flaw in your CV to help him/her save time. Some preliminary things you should do before even starting to right you CV.
- Read: what you need to read is different writings on not just how to write good CVs but also on how to write the right CV for your industry. A person applying for an accountancy position is not expected to have the same tailoring for his/her CV as of an electric engineer’s CV. An artist shouldn’t have a purely back and white, plain looking CV, as a person applying for a CEO. A little part of himself/herself should shine out of his/her CV. After all a CV is naught but an Ad of your person. You should search and research to find out what kind of a CV will draw and keep an employer’s attention on yours.
- Look at Other CVs: not everything you read might help you so your next step should be looking at samples of CVs with similar occupation and experience. This is no way intended to encourage copying. A copied CV is the worst kind there is as the employer will look at that as a flaw when he finds a similar one. Looking at other CVs will help you find features about the CVs that personally impress you and you think will impress the employer. Which features look appropriate, which ones look out of place, which parts do you fill are unnecessarily included, which important fact do you think has been omitted. Imagine yourself in the employer’s place and judge the CV, then you will be able to have a better understanding of what is good and what is not.
- Make an Outline: make a list of all the things you want to include in your CV while you’re reading or surveying other CVs. This will help you to have all your thoughts gathered in one place and saves the time you will spend going back and forth from your readings and your CV. Check your list and take out ideas that might look awkward put together.
- Read and Re-Read: After writing the CV, make sure to check for grammatical errors, spelling errors or other display errors. It might seem inconsequential to write an “a” as an “e”, just once. But when the employer is faced with hundreds of CVs, what on your part was unintentional will come off as carelessness and might to rejection. Besides reading it yourself, make your friends and your family read it and make comments on it. Since people are critical by nature they might see problems with it that you are not able to.