Crafting a winning CV can be a difficult task to do. Especially if we consider how competitive the job market is today. In this article, I will provide you with five CV tips which can help you win job searching game and land you your dream job. So, let’s start!
Why is it so tough to navigate through the job market?
The job market has become increasingly competitive over the past decade. The main reason for such competitiveness is the fact more and more companies are now hiring remotely.
If we look at the global statistics, we will see that today almost 20 percent of the total workforce works fully remotely. And given the recent Coronavirus crisis where many companies had to move their activities remotely, as well as the growth of the Gig Economy, we understand that the future of work is remote.
When we understand that we’re not limited to the local market only when it comes to job search, we are able to realize how hard it can be to stand out in a talent pool. That’s why I decided to share with you a few CV tips to help you win the job search game.
Do your homework.
Job search is a strategic game, and when playing it we should focus on quality instead of quantity. This is how research plays a big role in it. When applying for the job, make sure you research company you’re applying for in and out. Check their website, company’s social media profiles such as Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. Make yourself familiar with their culture and what they do. Furthermore, make sure you read the job ad carefully and adjust your skills to match the position you’re applying for.
All this information can help you personalize your CV to better fit their needs and increase the chances of scoring an interview. It will be easier for you to determine what kind of problems they might have and highlight the skills you possess that can help them solve those problems. Furthermore, knowing the company you’re applying for inside and out will enable you to assess what kind of personality types they’re looking for and determine whether you can fit in the existing team as well.
Decide on a CV type to use.
There are two main types we can use to make a CV: chronological and functional.
Chronological means we’re writing down our experiences and achievements chronologically, as they happened. This type of CV is the best for people who had a steady and growing career path.
Furthermore, chronological CV has a subcategory – a reverse chronological CV type, which means we’re putting our most recent experiences first. Using reverse chronology while writing a CV can be a plus because those experiences tend to highlight our eligibility for a certain position the most.
A functional CV type is here to highlight our skills, rather than focusing on the exact work timeline. If you’re among the people who had some gaps between two jobs, this type of CV will help you mask those breaks.
In my experience, using a functional CV while applying for a job gives the best results because HR managers focus on specific skills each candidate has. They skim through each CV so fast, it’s important to catch their attention immediately, and this is one right way to do it.
Make sure you show off your skills.
When hiring new employees, companies are usually looking for somebody who knows how to do their job but can fit in their work environment as well.
That’s why, while making our CV, we should aim towards including our soft and hard skills and maximize our chances of getting an interview.
Some of you probably didn’t even think about differentiating soft and hard skills or didn’t even know there are several types of skills we possess.
To explain it shortly, hard skills are measurable skills we learn through formal and informal education, as well as trough our career advancement. On the other side of the plate are soft skills that represent our personal traits, such as excellent time-management skills or ability to perform well under pressure.
Bot soft and hard skills are equally important in a job search. Companies who want to make strong culture and retain their employees will always hire somebody who lacks specific hard skills but has needed soft skills that will go along with the rest of the team.
That’s why before writing a CV, you should think about all the skills you possess and place them strategically to catch the interviewer’s attention.
Show ’em numbers.
There’s no better way to showcase your skills than turning your achievements in numbers. Why? Simple, one thing is to say you’re good at what you do, but showing proof is taking things to a whole another level.
Some jobs (such as jobs in sales) require tracking numbers, and people applying for those jobs won’t have problems to include their data in the resume. For instance, a sales manager can say he increased the profit by 10 percent in three months.
However, the problem arises with those jobs that are not focused on measuring success at first glance. If you are working in one of those niches, think about your achievements and try to put them in numbers. Teachers could say they improved their class grades by x percent, and content managers they’ve increased the web site’s traffic by x percent.
The best way to stand out in the crowd during a job search is to be yourself. This is easier said than done, especially when it comes to writing CVs. How can you show the recruiters your personality, while, at the same time, avoiding to be unprofessional?
Almost every CV type has a Summary section which you can use to briefly describe yourself and your achievements. However, adding a personal note in the form of a brief quote could add a dash of “personality” to your CV and make you stand out.
Furthermore, you can show recruiters who you are by including your hobbies, passions, and activities that go past your work experience.