Why you need for a perfect CV?
The benefits of a well-presented CV resume can be enormous. Besides illustrating your skills and experience, a perfect CV resume can demonstrate the communication skills recruiters seek because they are so vital to successful business
But, what else influences the recruiters ?
To answer this question it’s important to understand the recruiter’s role. Quite simply - they need to get a strong flow of talent into their client’s and employer’s business. To achieve this they have to separate the good candidates from the bad – and do it quickly.
So, how do you distinguish yourself from the competition?
Firstly, identify the skill and area of expertise needed for the job in question. Then, engage and sustain the recruiter’s interest by presenting evidence of your ability to exceed those needs and ‘add value’ to the organisation.
Make a compelling case - present your information explicitly, positively and factually. Obvious, you might say! Well, many people do overlook the fact that ambiguous, longwinded and unsupported content does not impress in today’s competitive marketplace.
Easier said than done? Need some help?
Learning to say less rather than more can be tricky. In essence, to capture and hold the reader’s interest a good CV / resume should be:
The mistake often made is to simply describe job responsibilities, yet a job title is usually sufficient for most recruiters to work out the functions of your role.
Why not go straight to the results. Ask yourself a few questions . . .
By how much did I increase profitability?
When did I take the initiative and what was the result?
What challenges did I overcome to win the contract?
How did my company achieved a sustainable advantage?
When was I instrumental in improving operational efficiency?
What strategies improved staff morale, performance and retention?
Highlight where you have used initiative, made a contribution, turned around performance. Give examples:
Redirected sales strategy to a consultative, customer-orientated approach and achieved record sales growth of 85% within two years.
Initiated and led team to launch innovative, award-winning website.
Renegotiated third party carrier agreements to improve on-time deliveries, service and cost efficiency.
Implicit within the language is a ‘can do’ approach and highly prized key competencies - initiative, customer service orientation, analytical thinking, desire to influence, interpersonal skill and relationship building capability
A cautionary note:
avoid the temptation to over-elaborate achievements. At interview it is important that you can expand on and quantify your achievements with confidence. Later, at the ‘reference’ stage your former employer might well be asked to confirm your claims
Strong, original Language
Try to avoid bland, generic words that mask your personality and lack originality of thought. Weak words include ‘worked’, ‘liaised’, ‘assisted in’.
Rather, select words that show strength - ‘managed’, ‘directed’, ‘project-led’ ‘forecasted’, ‘marketed’, ‘restructured’, ‘created’.
The CV is not the place to demonstrate computer genius, accessibility to resume templates or fancy coloured paper.
Create a welcoming, professional design by keeping the style simple with an uncluttered, streamlined structure. Allow plenty of white space and keep to the same font, with minimal emboldening.
Length. Is the ‘two-page’ CV compulsory ?
Many people advise not to go beyond a two-page CV? But can two-pages be sufficient in every case? Sometimes the answer is, no. Much depends on the role and the audience.
Consider the following careers :
Consultant Dermatologist :
the Medical Panel need to know about qualifications, career history, surgical skill, clinical commitments, research, awards, publications, presentations, memberships ...
IT Consultant / Project Manager :
recruiters need to know the type of applications and systems expertise, and the environments involved – which can be extensive, diverse and complex
The golden rule is be selective. Include the relevant material, exclude the immaterial and the best length for your CV will find itself. You’ll avoid the recruiter’s nightmare, the…
unsightly cramped CV where important information is often omitted and leaves the recruiter confused, or
the unwieldy over-lengthy CV that would bore to death the reader
Succinct and Factual
An ‘objective statement’ is often recommended. However, this could end up stating the obvious and take up prime ‘first glance’ space on the CV. Think about it - the role you apply for already indicates your objective.
This logic could also be applied to a ‘profile’. This often comes across as a self-congratulatory, subjective summary of the CV – which in itself is meant to be a summary.
Don’t duplicate the information recruiters have to read and let them draw their own conclusions from the facts presented in context and in the body of the CV.
Make sure you give your CV or resume the best opportunity to work its wonders for your next career step.