You have applied for what seems like a thousand roles but no one calls you back. Your peers seem to be advancing to the next application stage and you are left wondering, what am I doing wrong? It could be that your CV is being ignored because it is not updated and attractive to recruiters.
You have a better chance of impressing employers with a professional and well articulated CV. This is the start of your application and getting it right the first time makes all the difference. As we help jobseekers Level Up their job search, we want to take a deeper look into CV development and the important role it plays in getting you the job of your dreams.
Let’s start with some tips:
1. Document your skills and achievements regularly
Throughout your academic and professional life, you have done some amazing things that have sharpened your skills, developed your discipline and grown you as a leader. It is important to take note of these accomplishments somewhere for reference to help you update your CV regularly.
2. Add only relevant content
Today’s HR manager is busy and has little time to go through many CVs. Developing a professional CV that details your accomplishments, relevant work experience and education is sufficient to get the attention of an employer. Avoid unnecessary details such as hobbies that don’t relate to the role and your primary education details. Add only what is relevant to the role you are applying for.
3. Keep it simple and professional
How you design your CV matters. Using a simple font for the main text and a different font for section headings can help. It gives your CV a creative flair, without losing important information. For jobs like digital marketing and graphic design, you can come up with a creative design to communicate your skills. On the BrighterMonday platform, once you complete your profile to 100%, you can download your resume as a professional CV.
4. Use LinkedIn effectively
Head hunters sometimes take an extra step in considering candidates and review their LinkedIn profile. Take advantage of this platform; network, update relevant content in your industry and update your profile with the key highlights you have captured in your job search. You can also add a link to your profile in your CV.
5. Adjust your CV to job descriptions
Take an extra step to amend your CV as per the requirements shared on the JD of the job you are applying for. HR managers are using software to sieve through candidates and therefore, include key words from the JD into your CV so that you can be spotted and shortlisted for the role.
These tips will help you impress employers and position you as an ideal candidate for the jobs you apply for. Level up with BrighterMonday and apply for roles you qualify for to increase your chances of getting a job.