The construction of CVs is a tricky business. It’s in many ways a minefield of employee expectations and structural rules that are often expected to be adhered to without any real clarification as to why these rules exist in the first place.
But increasingly during these unprecedented times where unemployment figures are on the rise and job requirements become more and more stringent, it’s as important as ever to ensure that as a job seeker you are portraying yourself as competently and professionally as you can – and that all starts with a CV.
It’s in many ways the initial interaction between an employee and employer where an application is either furthered or rejected. It’s the document upon which your life’s achievements are displayed and evaluated. From personal statements to educational background, it’s all a huge advertisement of who you are as not only an employee but also as a person.
So, what can an eager and enthusiastic employee do to ensure that their CV is correctly and efficiently displaying who they are? – During this blog we’ll attempt to help with that.
Throughout our ten-year operation, it’s fair to say that the staff here at MRJ recruitment have seen their fair share of CVs. From incorrectly formatted documents to overly colourful backgrounds that contain barely legible text – we’ve pretty much seen it all.
And with these experiences come a series of recurring errors and missteps that we feel that if addressed can greatly improve an applicant’s chances of securing that all-important role.
So, what are they you say? we’ve put together a brief information pack that outlines some tips and tricks to consider when creating a CV.
It’s all well and good having an illustrious and varied career across an array of organisations, but what is it that you have actually done specifically within your role? How have you directly contributed towards the overall growth plans of an organisation and what figures can you outline in your CV to show this?
As noted by our CEO Jody, if you’re looking to make a positive impression with consultants your achievements are an excellent means to highlight what kind of work ethic you can bring into a new role.
When a recruiter is searching for the ideal candidate for a role, it’s essential that information can be easily discerned and gleamed from a document at a quick glance.
Writing dense, text-heavy descriptions regarding the specifics of your experiences are guaranteed to be approached with a wary eye, so the ability to compartmentalise and streamline your sections so they only show the most necessary and key aspects of your life are key.
The MRJ team, in particular, all rest in agreement that your CV shouldn’t go over 2 pages and should be personable to a point, but not overly conversational to the point where you are just rambling.
If a consultant has taken note of your CV, one of the first port of calls is looking at your LinkedIn profile to see if your connections match with theirs. And there is nothing more disappointing than coming across a profile that has completely different experiences listed than what your CV says.
Thus, when crafting a professional profile, it’s important to ensure that all your channels maintain a consistent profile and create an image of you as a consummate professional.
It also goes without saying, but the specific requirements of a job that is in one sector don’t necessarily align with the requirements of another, and thus when writing a CV it’s important to consider exactly who it is your writing for and what it is that you’re trying to communicate to them.
When applying for jobs that rest in the beauty sector, for example, it would be reasonable to assume that creativity would be expected and thus originality in terms of construction could be played around with.
Whereas with a job in the tech or business industry, the construction of a CV would lend itself more towards formality and a rigid structure being kept to with minimal graphics or experimentation used.
Either way, creating a great CV is a fine balancing act, and one that takes time and thought. It’s not an easy process nor is it as simple as just listing your credentials. But through careful consideration towards formatting and structure, you can in time not only create an effective CV but also a professional and qualified career profile that perfectly displays you as the ideal candidate you truly are.