When you want to find a new job or place of employment, then there is an involved process you must go through. It starts with choosing what kind of work to look for, finding openings related to your goal, submitting your curriculum vitae (CV), landing interviews, and then impressing the hiring agent enough to get a formal offer. Of all these steps, crafting your CV appropriately is one of the most important steps. Keep reading to learn 3 important things to include on your CV to make it work the best it can for you in your job hunting.
1) Include keywords or phrases that match the job description you are applying for. If you are at all seasoned in looking for work, you know that you need to either write a fresh CV or modify it too match each position that you apply for. Given how many job openings are posted electronically online, as well as how many resume submissions and job applications happen through the Internet, it is essential that your CV include the same terminology as the job listing. Many businesses get flooded with hundreds or thousands of applications online for a single position, and they use software to scan CVs for only the ones with the right keywords. You can possibly be overqualified for something and get ignored just from having missing words.
2) Make sure that your CV incorporates concrete evidence of what you have accomplished in previous jobs and positions. Many job applicants when creating their CV just describe their job responsibilities and duties, putting in phrases like ‘rung up customers for their coffee at the counter’ or other such generic blandness. Your CV needs to help a hiring manager see what you bring to the table, so it’s better to step above job descriptions and instead say something like ‘helped shift raise average transaction amount by 11 percent over one month through new up-selling techniques’.
3) Fill in the gaps. If your CV history has any lengthy gaps in it where you were not working for a company, have an explanation ready. A chrono-functional format might make such gaps less noticeable, but if you were using time off from employment to do self-employment pursuits or work on improving skills and education, then these are selling points worth mentioning in an interview, if you do not find a way to phrase them on your CV.