According to employers, fewer candidates are tripped up by the obvious areas of presentation, spelling and content than by the subtle areas of targeting their Curriculum Vitae to the job in question, reflecting the right attitude and demonstrating the elements of personality, benefits and value.
Listed below are a few things to help you check and improve the targeting of your CV (Curriculum Vitae):
Targeting is the crux of writing a good CV; you cannot produce an effective CV if it isn't targeted towards the job in question. Employers want to see that you have a clear idea of what you want to do because it matters to their business. An employer wants to ensure that you are the right person for the job on offer. So increase your chances of success by making the CV stand out because it is targeted towards the job in question.
Listed here are some of the principles of job targeting which you will need to adopt when making your job choice.
Targeting enables you to give your job search campaign a structure that it wouldn't otherwise have and therefore increase your chances of success.
Attitude is fundamental to CV writing. However, most candidates are completely unaware that their attitude is reflected in the tone of their CV by their sentence construction, choice of words and also in their covering letter. If you have the right attitude the opportunities for interviews will increase, but get your attitude wrong and your CV may never work for you!
Attitude is the basis on which good management and careers are built, so the key is to be aware of the attitude you portray. For example, arrogant people tend to write arrogant covering letters showing little or no respect for the prospective employer and they tend to overestimate their role and achievements in their CV. Whereas shy or timid people tend to underestimate their role and focus more on their duties in their CV rather than their personal input or accomplishments. Also people lacking in confidence often try to compensate for this by bringing a touch of humour to the CV or covering letter or by focusing on their outside interests. The key is to be yourself and to present your best side. Here are a few tips to help you achieve this:
Personality is key to the selection decision, but so many candidate fail to include it, usually because they don't know how to. However, if you can demonstrate your personality in the CV, it increases your attractiveness as a candidate. So how do you make yourself seem special? What you need to do is to conjure up a picture of yourself rather than putting down things you think you should include.
Choose words that are applicable to you, words that reflect something about you as a person. Avoid words such as 'involved with' and 'responsible' but use words that communicate what you are like as a person. For example, show your dependability by writing 'gets into the heart of problems by focusing on critical information and performing the work with minimal supervision'. Be honest about yourself, focus on your strengths and be positive, and this will be communicated to the reader.
Remember that the CV is the one aspect of your job hunt over which you have complete control. If it is failing to show you off well then it is not doing its job properly. If you want to check out how effective your CV is then send it to Sarah. She and one of her trained consultants will highlight how your CV is selling you.
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CVs are rarely read linearly like a book. Employers tend to scan them looking for pieces of information that are key to the applicant job selection criteria. We call these pieces of information "fixation points". If you would like to find out what your have created as "fixation points" on your CV, simply send it to us and we will tell you and give you some suggestions as to how to improve your CV.
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