Before being offered an interview you will have had your CV or resume assessed by a recruiter or hiring manager. Thus the process of crafting this document will need a great deal of time, thought and attention, so that you can create something that stands out from the crowd, captures the attention of the reader and ultimately enables you to be offered an interview.
So the first step that needs to be taken is for you to create a CV that is in perfect order.
Below are some tips on how to keep things simple during the application process:
Don’t overdo it on your CV
A CV doesn’t need to be a blow-by-blow account of your life story. Hiring managers and recruiters are under a great deal of pressure to sift through the vast number of applications that they receive for a job vacancy, therefore be sure to avoid waffling during your application as this will only help to put off your reader.
This means highlighting those important moments in your career and in particular, those that relate specifically to the job you are applying for. Keep everything relevant. When listing your education, don’t go too far back. Recruiters are not interested in what you studied at school; depending on the job that you are applying for, they may express an interest in your university education, however this will be specified on the job application.
Avoid references to personal information, such as your gender, date of birth and marital status. Such information does not need to be included and can inadvertently influence a recruiter’s decision.
If there are any gaps in your employment history, clearly explain why this is the case. Employers are more satisfied when employment gaps are clearly explained – whether you took a gap year for travelling, had a child or tried to set up your own business, be sure to mention it.
Crafting your cover letter
The same applies for your cover letter – keep it short, direct and engaging. Avoid writing page after page of ‘waffle’. Your cover letter is your opportunity to shine and be a little less formal than is required on the CV. Sell yourself in order to ensure that your CV is read.