Updating your CV is something we all know we should do regularly. Yet it's often not the top of our priority list until we are actively seeking a new role. Let’s be honest, it’s not exactly the most exciting activity… unless you’re like us and love to write a great CV.
How do you make your CV stand out from the crowd of 100’s to 1,000’s of other candidates? Jamie Doyle a recruitment expert and talent coach, tells us how to make your CV it's best. It's time to turn those job applications into interviews!
Instead of writing your CV as a simple summary of your skills and career history so far, start seeing it as a sales pitch. Your CV should sell you as the best possible candidate for the role and company you are applying for. This is why doing your research is important. Spend more time focusing on the quality of a few job applications, rather than applying to as many as possible.
“On average Hiring Manager’s will skim read your CV in 10/15 seconds for key indicators that you’re a strong fit. This is how long you have to make a great first impression, or they’ll move onto the next CV.”
Your personal summary is like an elevator pitch, it’s all about your voice. It should give an insight into your personality and communication style. A Personal Summary will make you stand out when compared to similar applicants. Take extra time to get your personal summary reflecting you as an individual.
What Thompson Alexander do as part of our CV and Interview coaching is interview you to find the voice that is in your CV. We’re not just looking for a list of key words, but how you can emotionally connect with the person reading your CV. By analysing how Hiring Manager’s read your CV, we can optimise it to make it stand out from other CV’s on the market.
Design your Cover Letter around the job you’re applying for. If I was applying for an Accounting role in a large Bank, I would include that I have banked with them for years (if true!), and that I like their brand image and ethical values etc.
If I was applying for the same role in a smaller company around the corner from me, it would say something different. I’d mention that I’m applying for the role because I live locally, and very interested in their company culture because it matches my experience.
Too many people are simply looking for a job not the job. A Cover Letter should state what you are passionate about, interested in outside of work, and that you care about the specific role you’re applying for.
At Thompson Alexander we offer a range of services depending on your CV and Interview Coaching requirements. We can optimise your CV and help you prepare ahead of interviews so that you can go in confident and strong. If you would like support writing your CV or Interview Coaching get in touch with one of our experts today at firstname.lastname@example.org or Click Here