CAN A WELL-PACKAGED CV SOLVE YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM?
Imagine you’ve been on the job hunt for so long, applied to several jobs, yet no emails, no callbacks, no interviews and while trying to figure out where you are getting it wrong, you find that your boring, traditional CV won’t just let you shine. Sucks right?
What is the guarantee that writing a well-packaged CV and a compelling cover letter will do the trick? You might want to ask.
The trick is not by applying for every dick, tom and harry job out there. Getting a job is not easy, yes? But having the right tools can make things a lot simpler! CV is just one of those tools. The job of the CV is to fetch you a job interview. If it is astounding and captures the heart of the recruiter/hiring manager, then you will score your first important goal. The job is yours if you can truly interpret what you have showcased on your CV and convince the interviewer that you are the right fit and no one else.
Your CV should:
Prove that you would produce more value than you would cost
To be sincere, hiring you comes at a cost. So naturally, every employer would want to get results from what he is spending money on. He expects that the effort from your work will fetch in revenue or contribute to the company’s big picture.
Showcasing your results and accomplishments at previous jobs will prove that you are more valuable than you cost.
- Developed and managed marketing campaigns and budgets for 4 businesses in different industries.
- Retained a customer providing the company with an annual income of 300K
Employers love to see the numbers, so let the numbers speak for you.
Have a Good Flow
A CV that flows seamlessly from the introduction to areas of expertise to work history to education and professional affiliations makes it easy for the recruiter/hiring manager to read.
Determine the order in which you list education and work history, based on your career level. If you are new to the workforce, place your education and academic qualifications above work history. For mid-level and seasoned applicants with more than 15 years’ experience, a good format is one that showcases more of your professional competencies, instead of a lengthy work history that might bore the hiring manager.
Present your CV in a clean and easy-to-read format with sections appropriately labelled. It should be free of typographical errors and centred on the page so that it doesn’t look muddled. A typo, inconsistent spacing, or any other flaw tells the hiring manager that you don’t pay attention to details. That’s a bad message to send across. Eliminate all imperfections from your CV, if possible, get someone to proofread it for you.
With these 3 things on your CV, you can practically get any recruiter/hiring manager to invite you for an interview.