The more time you put into writing your CV the better it will be, right? Well, not always and a lot depends on how you spend your time. You obviously want to have a high return on the time and resources you invest on your quest to be employed, and we have some great solutions.
Here are the top 4 ways to improve your job application and yield a high return on your investment.
Use a CV template
The first thing you need to do is consider the layout and presentation of your CV. Do you want to go for the traditional black and white application, or would you like to take a more creative approach and add a splash of colour?
One of the most popular methods of creating a CV is to use what’s called a CV template. All you have to do is go online and search for free CV template downloads and you should be presented with lots of options. You will now be able to choose from the hundreds available and simply download and insert your details. There are even CV templates designed specifically for certain careers or industries.
You will save a huge amount of time and stress that would have occurred when trying to create your own CV design. The hours you’ve saved could now be used to write a great CV!
Tailor your CV
You must avoid writing a CV that lists your entire career history. All of the skills, experience and qualifications you’ve ever required do not have to go into your CV and there is a far better approach.
The entire process can be streamlined by tailoring and customising your CV to the employer and the job. It will take more time but you will optimise your ROI. The advantages that a tailored application has over a generic one is huge, and an employer is far more likely to offer an interview to someone who has taken the time to respect their needs.
The job advert is the best place to start as it should provide lots of information to focus upon. Try to compare your current credentials to the advert and write a CV that matches as many keywords as possible. You will often find that if you dig deep enough you can find lots of examples that demonstrate your relevance to the role. If communication is an important part of the role, then highlight instances of past roles that required a high level of communication skills – but don’t forget to provide specific examples of your achievements.
Focus upon writing a commercially aware CV that’s tailored to the role and you will receive the biggest return on your investment.
There can be no mistakes when it comes to writing a professional job application. Even just the one spelling error can result in rejection, because the employer assumes you haven’t invested enough time, energy and passion into your CV.
To get the most out of your application you need to ensure that there cannot and will not be any mistakes. It has to be checked numerous times, not just by you but by your friends and family members. Start with the basics and ensure that your spelling and grammar is up to scratch. Does it read well? Are all the sentences concise and to the point?
But it’s not just the spelling you need to take care with, and the layout of your CV also has to be spot on. The margins, the font size and style, the headings, the use of bullet points – all have to be correct to make it easier for the hiring manager to navigate. Every single detail right to the very last word has to be perfect otherwise you throw your entire application into doubt.
Make yourself headhunting material
The most effective way to find and apply for a job is through job boards. Websites that specialise in advertising available jobs and connecting job seekers to the employers is the number one method of getting hired. But, there is also another door that you can open, and if you invest enough time you could see a different kind of return on your application investment.
Getting headhunted by an employer is a very humbling experience. To be directly contacted for a job without having to apply yourself is a fantastic way of advancing your career. Although you can’t force an employer to contact you, you can however make it easier for them.
To have the opportunity of being headhunted you have to create a comprehensive online presence and portfolio. The first place to start is LinkedIn as this website is specifically designed for professionals to advertise their skills, qualifications and achievements. This profile would act as a second digital CV and would allow employers to search or even stumble across someone who could potentially suit their company. An employer may decide to search online for potential candidates because it saves a lot of time, money and resources advertising, reading applications and interviewing.
Although we would never recommend relying on being headhunted for a job, you should however give serious consideration into investing a lot of time creating such a profile. You can create a lot more opportunities if you immerse yourself in the industry and connect, share and contribute online.