Not all CV’s are created equal…and that’s OK! In the current job market targeted CV’s are becoming the norm rather than crafting the basic standard CV of the past. Today’s job candidates are realizing that the majority of employment opportunities are now more specified than ever. It is important to tailor your CV to fit the specific requirements of the job that you are applying for. This article will address several steps on how to create a great targeted CV.
1. Purpose Behind a Targeted CV
Targeted CV’s utilize a skills-based layout, which works well for individuals who are seeking employment in a specialized career field. You include content relevant to the specific employment position that you are applying for. Additionally, for individuals who are seeking employment in a different field, than they’ve previously worked in, targeted CV’s work well. They work because the majority of the content in a targeted CV is focused on your skill set and work experience that is applicable to the new career field; rather than focusing on specific job titles. Targeted CV’s provide you with the opportunity to allow your abilities and accomplishments to shine. The following factors are important to consider when crafting your targeted CV.
- Compatibility – The content is targeted to showcase your compatibility with the requirements for the job you are applying for.
- Simplicity – This time “simple” is best as your template is more streamlined and utilizes a focused and concise format to increase the interest level.
- Persuasive – Showcases your professional assets and takes away the attention from any of your lesser compatible skill sets.
2. How to Write a Targeted CV
When writing a targeted CV, there are three basic steps that you should follow in order to create the best finished product that you can submit for a specific job. The three steps are discussed below.
- Standard Format – The best way to start this process is to create a standard CV first so that you have a starting point for creating any variations after that point. This standard format then becomes your template for all other CV’s you decide to create, such as the targeted CV. In this standard template, you will list your work experience, abilities, skill sets and education. Remember, that you will not be submitting this CV. This template is simply for information forming and structure for your targeted CV.
- Review Job Ads – Focus on a few different job advertisements for similar employment positions you’re seeking and review the basic requirements. Then review the job tasks that are listed. Once you have a sense of what is required in the candidate, you need to mesh your compatible skillsets with the requirements and include those skills through your abilities and achievements listings. For situations when you need to create a targeted CV but do not have a specific job in mind to apply for (i.e., you are posting your CV on a job board or sending it to a recruiter etc.), utilize job advertisements in line with the employment you’re seeking, as a reference point.
- Modify Format – Now that you have the basic criteria for comparison to your current skill set and experience, modify the format to fit the specific requirements you reviewed in the various advertisements.
3. Content to Include in Your Targeted CV
There are five basic sections you should include in your targeted CV, beginning with a Profile or a short bio. Write this in the 3rd person and balance the details with being purposefully concise and to the point. The second section to include is your Abilities or skillset. You should list 7 – 10 abilities such as describing your ability to manage a team or social media networking. Again, be purposeful in the type of content you include here. The third section is detailing your Achievements. Include 3 – 5 accomplishments such as describing how you increased your quarterly sales quota or how you implemented a training program. The fourth section describes your Experience and you should only include dates and the name of the company. You do not need to include job details here in a targeted CV since your skillset and work experience has already been highlighted in the 2nd and 3rd sections. The final section is to include your Qualifications or education. Provide the degree level, name of the university, year of graduation and the area study.
Creating a targeted CV will be helpful in representing you in the best light when you begin your current job search applying for career-specific employment opportunities.
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