There is a current trend for recruitment “thought leaders” to claim that the CV is dead. However, 99.9% of employers still expect to see a document outlining your experience at some point during the recruitment process. Initial assessments are made off the back of a CV and interview questions are formulated around its content. And when done correctly, tailoring a CV can go a long way towards showcasing your technical skills and personality.
Yet so often CVs are dry, generic cardboard cut-out’s and give no indication about what you as an author are truly like. What makes you tick professionally and why you’re right for the job you’re applying to are important factors.
That’s stops now. With a few simple tweaks you can make your CV accurately reflect you. And in turn stand out from the pile of cookie cutter resumes on that hiring manager’s desk.
Tailoring Your CV Profile
The introduction to you and your experience and often the most overlooked aspect of any resume. When done right a good profile sets the tone for the rest of the document. Remember, you’re not writing a job description, you’re advertising yourself to a potential employer. Steer clear of clichés and avoid referring to yourself in the third person. Instead describe yourself professionally. Talk about the type of manager are you, the sort of projects you enjoy working on and what work-based challenges you’re looking for in your next role.
Your CV shouldn’t look like a spreadsheet but a few well-distributed numbers in your content illustrates your points quickly and effective. By quantifying the size of the team you managed, the budgets you controlled or percentage of savings made, gives employers a direct comparison to their business and is a big indicator of the value you will add.
Achievements are examples of times you have exceeded expectations in your role. They are not your job description, where anyone can perform set duties outlined. Only you have gained the results mentioned in your achievements. Again, the more specific quantitative values in terms of £, % etc. you can show when tailoring your CV, the more impressive it looks.
Lots of employers now value work/life balance and the personalities of their employees. Outlining what you do in your spare time & how you contribute to a community outside of work can be valuable. Information on any projects you’re working on will make you come across as more human. As an added bonus, topics you’ve raised in your interests section can act as a good ice breaker during interviews too. Particularly so if the interviewer shares a passion.
Professional (cannot stress this word enough!) social media links on your CV give a good insight into your personality and how you interact with your peers. You can show your engagement with your sector and wider networks through your Twitter and LinkedIn profiles. Posting articles, contributing to discussion boards and providing industry commentary all establish you as an authority in your area whilst making you appear more human.
Using these techniques when tailoring your CV, will ensure it shows an accurate representation of who you are professionally. It’ll be more engaging for recruiters and hiring managers to read. And in return you’ll get more responses from your applications. It pays to stand out.