Competition is fierce for jobs at the beginning of the year, so how can you make sure your CV gets noticed? Hiring managers have a full inbox as everyone pursues their New Year’s resolution to get their dream job.
Use the tips below to get your CV into the ‘must call’ list.
Match Your Experience with the Job Qualifications
As a result of the tight job market, many job seekers are tempted to jump at every opening they find that remotely resembles their target position or fits their geographic requirements. With the advent of specialisation across all types of industries, you must make certain that you don’t sabotage your own efforts. Carefully review each job description and compare your CV with the required qualifications across both experience and education. If your credentials don’t match the requirements, then don’t apply. If you choose to do so, not only will your CV almost certainly end up in the don’t call pile, but you may be creating a negative reputation for yourself with recruiters.
Highlight Your Unique Strengths
Accomplishments and achievements are the name of the game when it comes to effectively describing your strengths. Always clearly define your accomplishments with measurable statistics. Many people complain that their industry doesn’t lend itself to measurable outcomes, so consider the obstacles you overcame to deliver your achievements. For example, did you organise an efficient team from cross-functional departments? Were you able to surpass expectations by completing a task in record time or under budgetary constraints? Take the time to consider how your performance translates to achievements by using this approach, and your value to the potential employer will keep your CV on the short list!
Use Industry Keywords
The way you describe your skills and experiences does make a difference in your CV getting noticed. Using the right words will grab the attention of hiring managers and search engines to put your CV at the top of the list. If you are unfamiliar with the best words to build buzz in your industry, look to professional organisations, recent training experiences, and the actual job descriptions you are interested in to get a sense of how you can describe your skills in a new way. These keywords likely describe tasks you have been performing throughout your career, but the new packaging can translate your experiences in a way that positions you as the perfect person for the role.
Wow the Hiring Manager with Your Professionalism
Hiring managers want to see a professional CV that is not overwhelmed by ‘bells and whistles’. Using colours, unusual fonts or designs can be tempting, but such efforts won’t obtain the response you want. Instead, put your best creative skills to work in describing your career history in an interesting way.
Until the hiring manager meets you, all the details they have about you are contained in your correspondence and documents. Consider the filename and email address you are using in your application. Stick to professional choices for the best result. Use your name to label the CV and for your dedicated email address to project a professional presentation. This will also help the hiring manager recall your name.
Use Limited Space Wisely
A CV is not an opportunity to tell your entire life story. Many job candidates want to include all the details from every career phase to demonstrate their unique value. Although keeping your CV to one page has largely become accepted as unnecessary, you don’t have the luxury of unlimited space either. The hiring manager will not read a CV that is too long. You need to balance highlighting your unique strengths with clearly demonstrating how well your skills qualify you as the perfect candidate.
Don’t make the hiring manager work too hard to uncover your value or your CV may become lost in the ‘don’t call’ pile. These few simple strategies may help keep your name on the short list to land an interview and a new job in the New Year.
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