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