What Does the Perfect CV Look Like?
What constitutes a perfect CV will vary from role to role and between sectors, but there are certain things you can do to make sure your CV catches recruiters' eyes whatever your dream job.
The above extract from an HR professional's CV Resume is packed with exactly what recruiters and employers look for in an HR professional at that level.
All the most relevant HR industry key words are up there, together with a powerful branding statement that positions the applicant in the HR market, and gives a career overview that is directly matched to the target role.
PLUS! Four powerful examples of drive, initiative and added value contributions to the business - bullet pointed for extra impact.
Recruiters want to see your most recent experience at the top to encourage them to read on - so it is best to work backwards through your roles.
For best results, write in a 'skills' and 'achievement' orientated style rather than simply listing job responsibilities.
Pay particular attention to highlighting those skills and experiences most relevant to the job you are applying for, and don't think you have to include every job you've had on there. If you are applying for a job in the media, it's unlikely the recruiter will want to know that you worked in a supermarket 10 years ago!
If you have a gap in employment, give a brief sentence to explain why as this will put their mind at ease. If you haven't had a job for a period, but have instead spent time travelling, exploring or training, a brief explanation could see you looked on more favourably.
Pitching - Personal Branding
Knowing who you are going to send your CV Resume to should influence your writing tone and style, but you also need to consider how you will use the completed document to market yourself.
Professionals are increasingly job seeking proactively by creating portfolios online and using social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to seek out and attract potential employers with 'branding statements'.
LinkedIn enables you to connect to people you know, reach out to their connections and members of Groups, research potential employers, and read and apply for the jobs they post on the site.
The great thing about Twitter and Facebook is that they allow you to research, learn about and connect with people who might be able to help you in your job search, and in turn you could be a source of valuable information to them. It's reciprocal!
About the Author
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