Did you know that it takes Recruiters less than a minute to decide whether or not they want to look at your CV? Many of us just keep adding to our CVs over the years rather than pairing it down, and after being in the workforce for a while, this method can make your CV look really messy. Here are 4 steps that will help you get a CV that’s refreshed and ready to go out to your dream company.
Declutter your skills
A CV is no different than a cupboard full of out-of-date tins of food. It just needs a little clear out every now and again! If you have outdated certificates, skills and experience then take this time to remove them. It can help to make sure that the skills and experience you do have stand out. This helps the recruiters reading it to see what you can bring to the team.
Ditch your long-term goals and desires
Recruiters want to know if you can perform the job, and what you’re going to contribute to the company at hand. Including your long-term goals and desires can be seen as a very self-centered way of writing a CV. With a CV, you’re really telling a company what you can do for them. Why take up space with a section that’s all about your desires?
Identify what’s missing
What are the requirements for your target job – and where are the gaps on your CV? More importantly, do you actually possess those skills, knowledge, and experiences that aren’t coming across? If you do in fact have those skills, it’s time to add them to your CV. Think about what you’ve done at work or extracurricularly – that demonstrates you have those required skills, and add that information to your CV. And if you don’t? Well, now is the perfect time to make a plan to get them. Whether it’s enrolling in a certification or training course or volunteering to take on new responsibilities at work, figure out what you need, and go get it.
Freshen up your CV design
Once you’ve tidied things up, why not give your CV a fresh look? Whether you’re using a basic word processor or flashier design software, it’s easy to tweak things for a vibe that’s clean, modern, and eye-catching. Make sure your CV has a lot of white space and make use bullet points so it’s easy skim through and read.
With these tips, you’ll have your CV cleaner than your closet in no time. Go ahead, roll up your sleeves and start your CV spring cleaning project today! If you’re on the lookout for exciting career opportunities, make sure you click through to our job section. We may have your dream job waiting for you!