A strong CV will differentiate you from other job seekers. The primary objective of the CV is to secure you an interview for the role and company of your choice.

Should you chose to partner with the Fastnet Talent Group, we guide you and offer advice when compiling a 'winning CV' and would always suggest tailoring your CV for each application. We have an in-depth knowledge of the market which enables us to assist you in preparing for interview for each specific Job opportunity.

 

Structure of the CV

Decide on the layout of the CV. Below is the basic elements of a CV.

 

Spend time preparing your Personal Profile. Ensure you adjust the profile for each position. Again, revert back to the job spec and think about the objective of the CV.

 

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Mobile
  • Personal Statement
  • Work Experience (Reverse chronological order)
  • Education (Reverse chronological order)
  • Achievements (STAR Approach)
  • Interests - make sure your interests are relevant and up to date – don’t include something that you cannot talk about
  • References: List Names or Available upon request

 

Personal Profiles + CV Content

Consider a profile summary targeted specifically to the position you are applying for and highlighting your relevant skills and key achievements – don’t be afraid to sell yourself! If the profile is tailor-made to the job vacancy it can act as ‘a teaser’ or hook so the employer will investigate further by reading the rest of your CV.

Example: A reliable diligent and flexible individual who enjoys the challenge of working within a busy, demanding environment. Self- motivated with a very high level of commitment in any task undertaken and relishes the opportunity of learning new skills and methods of working. Capable of working as a team member as well as equally confident working alone using own initiative.
 

  • The level of detail given in each section (Work Experience, Education) will depend on your level of experience and what you choose to use to sell yourself.
  • If you are a Graduate, the majority of the detail will be contained within the Education, Achievements and Interests section of the CV.
  • If you are an Employee, with a couple years of experience, the majority of the information will be contained in the Work Experience and Achievements section of the document.
  • Keywords are a very powerful tool in your CV and should be used! Use keywords to summarise your experience in the profile. Keywords will also help ensure that your CV comes up when employers search in their CV databases.
  • Your current or most recent employment should be given the most attention on your CV and any subsequent positions should be relevant to the job. If you feel some of your experience is not so relevant, feel free to condense or summarise.

 

Detailing the Content

Study the job spec

You should tailor your CV to each role you are applying for; each job spec will have its unique competencies and requirements, and your CV should mirror this. Know what each role is looking for and identify the “must haves”. Ask yourself “If I include this point, will it increase, or decrease, the chances of securing an interview?”. Only include relevant experience and achievements that match the most important criteria for each position.

Avoid Repetition

Can some points be condensed or grouped together to provide essential information? You should aim to briefly outline the main responsibilities or scope of the role, without detailing day-to-day activities, and focus largely on achievements.

Sell Yourself!

Identify the main achievements for each position you have held and list these in a sub heading for each entry. Think about  times where you excelled and how you added value to your employer and write down 3-4 achievements. Where possible, provide statistics and facts to support statements on past performances.

 

Create an Achievement Based CV

To compile an ‘Achievement-based’ rather than a ‘Traditional responsibility-based’ CV you will need to think beyond your responsibilities in a specific role and focus on what how you excelled and how you added value to your employer.

In order to identify your achievements it can be useful to examine the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for each role and how you performed against them. Naturally it makes sense that you extract the areas where you excelled and include these on your CV. Ultimately you will outline your responsibilities but also project your notable accomplishments and why a prospective employer should select you for interview.

 

Always spell check your CV! It's often good to give it to someone to proof read before sending it.

 

To Sum Up....

  • Keep in mind – the object of a CV is to secure you an interview – keep it relevant
  • Ensure your CV is well structured and visually appealing – the clearer your CV, the more likely the interviewer will delve deeper  - Use Bullet Points
  • Showcase your previous success - create an achievement based CV
  • Tailor your CV and personal profile to the individual job specs
  • Keep your CV Concise
  • ALWAYS Spell check your CV

 

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