How Presentable is your CV?
Still writing your CV on Microsoft word? … In our tech driven world that may have gone obsolete
CV’s are an essential part of a hiring process, in fact the first point of contact between you and the eventual employer. Recruiters, HR’s and hiring managers spends between 10-30 seconds per CV before taking a decision either to trash it or set it aside for futher review.
Now ask yourself this question; How presentable is my CV?
CV’s are like food, the meal must be appealing to the eyes first before the mouth goes for it, your CV should stand you out and call you out for that interview you so crave.
How do you make your CV stand out and evoke that second look from the hiring firm?
Here are key things to do to keep your CV ‘interesting’
Writing or final presentation of your CV on Microsoft word is no longer the norm
With technological advancement every day, newer, sleeker format are being used to get your CV up to notch. Try using portable document format (PDF) as your final presentation package. Preparing your CV on corel draw, Adobe packages gives a better edge in formatting and structure than Microsoft word.
Highlight your keywords and catch phrases
In Job search, advert and classification, Job description means the role has it targeted audience. Recruiters’, HR’s are looking for those key words that reflect the job being applied for. So it is important your CV reflects what is needed and in winning form. As you read job description for roles you are interested in, make sure your resume matches the qualifications the company is looking for. If you are applying for as a social media manager, make sure to include all your social media feeds and those previously managed by you highlighting the achievement, engagement and reach garnered in each.
Short, engaging and precise
On the average your CV shouldn’t be more than 2 or 3 pages (no matter your work or professional experience). A standard CV should be 1 or 2 pages in size with key words and highlight. Work experience tend to extend the pages, keep out jobs that are not relevant to the job applied for, old layered jobs will also not help your cause. I once had to go through a lawyer’s CV which was about 10 pages, despite having done the needful in CV presentation; good format and presentation, key words highlighted, short and precise after page 3 it became too tiring to read, and how did he appear at the end; ‘An over qualified candidate’.
There are no set rules or uniform for CV only set the needed words in respect to the job applied for, that is why we advice that CV ought to be flexible as you add or remove what isn’t needed when submitting for different job description or roles.
“Your CV reviewer spends less than 30 sec on your CV; give him a hard job by presenting it well”
Good CV’s are like neatly prepared food…It must be inviting for you to take a bite