Top CV Tips
Top Tips to make your CV work for you, provided by Tom O'Neil. If you would like individual help in preparing a CV or need your CV reviewed please contact Tom by e-mail
Your CV is your brochure - It must sell your skills, achievements and experience to the reader!
Companies spend millions of dollars to create professional brochures that market their products to their target markets. Your CV is your brochure - It must sell you to employers as a travel brochure sells you to travel to Sydney!
Your CV must highlight the key points that meet the employer's requirements and it must be brief, but have enough information to sell you (I.e. 2-4 pages)
Tip TwoQuantify your achievements and what you can offer - For example imagine if Tiger Woods wrote his resume stating:
- this would not sell him to potential employers!!! It does not demonstrate his immense value and achievements that stem from this seemingly mundane activity!
Tailor the CV to the role! - It is pointless marketing yourself to an employer, if you are not meeting the requirements of what they are seeking in an employee. When a top tailor makes a suit for a client, they take measurements to ensure it will fit the client perfectly. Therefore remember to always tailor your whole approach for the position you are applying. This will significantly increase your chances for reaching the interview stage.
i.e. You want to ensure that the key aspects and keywords in the advertisement or position description are ‘mirrored' in everything you send and do! If an advertisement states that an employer is seeking an “honest and focused individual”, you could state that you are a “person with integrity, who focuses on setting and achieving business goals”.
Cheak yoru speling!!! - Nothing says I am unprofessional more than "I am always sure to ot the Is and cross the Ts." (Yes this really happened in a CV sent to me!)
Make it look nice . Search on the internet and seek out some cool templates, but remember to not use too much colour or generally speaking pictures (unless it's of your work).
Audit your message presence and email. Check your personal voicemail message and your email address
A poor email address can destroy any chance you have with employment. Anything sexual (sexyboy123@hotmail), too personality driven (funkyfunchick@hotmail) or stupid (just_a_mess_81@hotmail) is a NO GO! If you want to have a fun address, make sure you also set up a work only email too so you can check this periodically during your job hunt.
Your mobile / home voicemail can also be totally unsuitable for job hunting. Check this to ensure it is also professional.
Audit your internet presence and check your personal websites. Recent statistics state that approximately 25% of employers check online site such as Bebo, Facebook, LinkedIN MySpace etc. prior to making an employment offer.
Spend time and be professional in your record keeping
All your hard work may well be lost however if you do not take a disciplined approach to record keeping. It is vital to know where you sent all your applications to, and when. If you are dealing with recruitment agencies, keep control of your CV - make a note of who is sending your CV to which employer and make sure they give you feedback on progress.
If you would like help in preparing a CV or need your CV reviewed please contact Tom O'Neil by e-mail