There is no better time to look for a job than after the summer! You are full of energy, rested and hopefully, the summer break helped you clarify your career objectives! In addition, this is the time of the year when there are more job adverts, so take full advantage of this and start applying for new opportunities.
First of all, you need to polish your old CV to make sure your application shines. You’ve got the basics covered, from personal details to your education and experiences; now you need to make yourself relevant by proving you’re the best person for the role.
To help you on your way, here are our top tips to help your CV stands out:
- Check for typos and Layout – We can’t stress this enough. Poor spelling is a big turn off for most recruiters. Make sure you spell check each time you amend your CV and also ask a friend to proof the final version. Also, your layout should be clear and logical in its structure e.g. use the same font throughout the document!
- Read the job description – Too many jobseekers are guilty of looking at the job description once, and applying before they’ve really read the role. It’s easy to get blown away by an impressive sounding job title or an exciting salary, but without knowing all the relevant requirements your chances of success are going to suffer. If you use those requirements to mould your CV, you can easily show you’re a good fit for the role. Think about it: the recruiter is telling you what their perfect candidate looks like. All you have to do is use your CV and cover letter to convince them that that candidate is you.
- Tailor your CV for the role – Target your documents to the role you’re going for. That of course means writing a slightly new version of your CV. Do some research so you understand more about the company, the industry, and who their key competitors are. Once you’ve learnt all you can, apply this knowledge in your cover letter to help explain why you really want to get the job. It may take a little more time to write, but if it helps you find your perfect position, then it’s worth the time investment.
- Use specific keywords – It’s important to try and include terms which describe you, and relate to the kinds of position you’re looking for, in your CV. With thousands of recruiters searching for jobseekers based on what’s written in their CV, the best examples sell themselves.
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