When drafting your CV for a job, it is important that you create the right impression, catch the attention of your prospective employer, get them interested in meeting you and call you up for an interview. Having a knowledge of some very useful cv writing tips can help you ensure your CV gets picked for the interview.
The problem a lot of time is, most applicants do not realize that employers have and spend very little time actually looking through resumes of prospective employees.
In fact, research shows that employers spend an average of 30 seconds on a particular resume, the first 10-20 seconds of which they decide whether or not to select that applicant.
Here are a few tips to get you started in drafting a winning CV that gets you invited for the interview:
1. Draft Your CV to suit the requirements of the position applied for:
When applying for a particular position, it is important that you draft your CV to fit the particular requirements of the position, organization and industry you are applying for.
Most applicants make the pitiful mistake of using a “one CV fits all” approach to all their different job applications.
They do not recognize that particular employers, industries and jobs require particular skill sets, experiences, competencies, personalities and even phrases, crafted into your resume to give it the appeal and fit into the desired position.
2. Write a Punchy “Professional/Personal/Executive Summary”:
When drafting your CV, ensure to prepare a one or two short paragraph statement about yourself, your career aspiration and job objective.
This could vary depending on the industry, organization and job role. Never make the mistake of copying and pasting “cliched” phrases and commonly used resume pick-up lines as these are a definite no-no!
Let this statement make your prospective employer find you worth interviewing for the position as this is your first impression.
3. Use Catchy “Power Words”:
When drafting a winning CV, ensure to appropriately lace it with catchy “power words”. These are words and phrases that strike a chord with the reader and draw attention/emphasis to certain skills, qualities, proficiencies and competencies that you have.
This is not the same as filling your CV with big words and long grammatical expressions, but rather Power Words are direct and compelling message conveyors, e.g. “Passionate, Tactful Salesman”, “Visionary, People-oriented Manager”, “Compelling, Highly Skillful Communicator”.
It’s also important not to overstuff your CV with unnecessary by-words or phrases, in a bid to impress as this might turn off the recruiter instead.