An applicant’s CV is their business card. It is the first and only factor an employer will take into consideration regarding the applicant at an early stage, for which reason it is important to look at a CV as a communication tool, and as such, to know what to communicate and to show it in a distinctive yet true manner.
For this reason, we will now give you some tips so that your CV will be different.
Less is often more
When trying to get an employer’s attention, applicants may put too much information on their CV along with complex sentences and unnecessary details, which may lead to the employer becoming less interested.
The best strategy is to summarise the information being objective and using simple sentences and interesting details for the job to which you are applying.
It is therefore important for your CV to not exceed a page and a half.
In order to show that you are organised, it is important for your CV to be divided into the necessary groups, which may be: Profile, Education, Experience, Languages, Other Skills, and Personal Interests.
What I know
Regarding your Education, you should write the name of courses you have attended and refer to the dates on which they began and ended placing the most recent ones at the top. It may be useful to summarise the most important contents of each course.
The areas where you may have already worked will possibly not coincide with your Education, for which reason when applying for a job offer you ought to establish whether said experience is relevant for the employer.
Thus, it is essential to prioritise any relevant experience for said job. It is also important to identify the company, duties, period of time, and a short description of your job.
In an increasingly global World where it is fundamental to know other languages besides your mother tongue it is important to be aware that honesty prevails. If you are not fluent in Spanish, for instance, or you only have basic knowledge of English, then that is the information that ought to be on your CV.
On the other hand, if you are taking a course in English or any other language that interests you, that information should be on your CV.
I want this job, but why?
Even when it is not requested in a job offer, it is essential to explain our reason for applying. There are many job offers available, for which reason it is necessary for the employer to understand why ‘that one’ interests you among so many.
So, the cover letter should briefly and directly state the reasons why you are applying to a vacancy in that company and why that particular one.
Image (also) counts
For a long time, the information on a CV has not been the only relevant factor, and with so many applicants with an identical experience it is important to look for other ways to add value to your CV. One of those ways is to create a unique CV that is adapted to the job offer so that it will stand out among the other applications.