GOLDEN RULES TO HAVING ‘A – LEVEL CV’

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By now, you are aware that a good CV is important to both seasoned jobseekers and students alike.

This is due to the pandemic which has caused different sectors to restructure in order for them to be able to acclimatize to the new business climate as well as be able to balance their books. With these activities, comes layoffs and letting go off good employees.

This has in turn led to an influx of qualified candidates in the job market making it a daunting task to be able to land an opportunity. For you to compete and emerge successful in job hunt, you need a partner. An ‘A – level’ CV to be precise. Luckily Gap Recruitment Services Limited has come up with cv writing tips for you to use and they will be shared in a series of blogs. Keep yourself updated and become competitive in your job hunt.

To begin us off, our series of blog articles will cover the following important considerations in 2 sections of general and structural concerns.

GENERAL CONCERNS

These are general observations on the do’s and don’ts by players in the recruitment industry. Their views, reservations and recommendations will be in this section. Be sure to read them.

Carefully Study The JD

While you are a master of jargon in your industry, the recruiter might not be as knowledgeable as you. Therefore, you need to bring yourself to their level by bridging this difference in language.

Begin by carefully reading the job descriptions for the different roles you’re applying for. Keep a keen eye on for common skills they require of a candidate. Incorporate these skills into your CV and prove how you have developed them through academia, work experience or your positions of responsibility.

In case you are feeling stuck, consult experts for direction.

Consult The Experts 

Have you ever walked into a room and asked an opinion about your new hairstyle? Everyone had lots of opinions ranging from who you look like, how different the cut could have been done and what to do next time you go for one, right?

The same thing happens when you seek opinions about your CV. There will be contradictions in all the advice you’re given. So, take advice from people in the industry like us and people you trust.

An extra eye will help you to check through the spellings and grammar as well your cv format.

Formatting

Every warrior had an Achilles heel and so could be your warrior CV. A lot of good CV’s have gone into the dustbin due to messy formatting. It is therefore important for you to make sure, your CV has correct alignment and that each section of the resume is clear.

It begins with your choice of background colours. For example, blue and black backgrounds are easiest to read with white writings.  And just to add a cliché, ensure you’re using a professional font.

LinkedIn

Linked In has become as important as the CV itself. Many job seekers are adding a URL link of their LinkedIn profile on a CV and we highly recommend you to do this.

LinkedIn is a great way to go into a bit more detail about what you’ve done, build up recommendations from others and post business-related articles which interest you. If you’re not using it regularly, you should be.

Therefore, it is important to have your Linked In profile optimized.

CV CONCERNS

These are general observations concerning CVs. These observations touch on the structure and grammar of your CV. Be sure to keep a keen eye on them.

The Length Of Your CV

It is common to hear a friendly argument among professionals about the length of a CV. Many job seekers and professionals alike are torn between the number of pages their resume should be. Our blog series will seek to fully answer that for you.

To give you a short summary of that, it usually depends on how much experience and extra-curricular activities one engages in. The general rule is usually; for jobseekers with few years of experience, your cv could be one or two pages and then it will keep growing as you grow in your career. But a key thing to have is the ability to summarize your experience in short but very catchy and meaningful sentences.

If your resume is significantly longer than this length, think about what’s relevant and make sure your points concise and communicate more.

Personal profile/ Summary

Talking of being relevant, ask yourself if your CV introduction or personal profile is passing important information about you that a recruiter could use.

Introducing yourself could be your chance to convince a recruiter to spend more time on your CV or give it a 30 seconds look like other CV’s. You know if a recruiter spends more time on your CV then you are special, right?

Remember to make the recruiter’s job easy by incorporating skills and wordings used in the job descriptions into your CV and using simple listing.

Listing Of Points

Microsoft word allows you to have a number of ways you can list your duties, responsibilities, achievements, awards etc.

One of the most common ways used is bulleting the points. When you’re explaining how you’ve developed and what you achieved in your various work experiences and extra-curricular activity, it’s good put it in two to four bullet points.

Ensure each one has a clear purpose and shows how you stand out from the competition. When it comes to the bullet point itself, the little black dot is adequate – no ticks or squares. Also, remember not to begin each bullet point with ‘I’.

Write-In First Person But… 

Your CV will always be talking to one person and that is, the one reading it. While this is the case, overusing ‘I’ will make it hard for the reader.

When you’re using bullet points as discussed in the above point, you don’t need to start each one of them with something like ‘I did…I am..’. While this could be a challenge, make sure each point is grammatically correct and the sentences are full.

Our blog series will seek to make your CV easy to navigate for any recruiter. This means that if a recruiter wants to look at just your experience, they can find it in one glance – remember most of them look at a CV for a matter of seconds. If the formatting is messy, then they are likely to get frustrated if there isn’t a clear order and structure to yours.

CONCLUSION

With the job market very competitive due to a decline of sectors and entry of far more qualified candidates, it would be wise of you to stay ahead of the competition.

Our blog series is aimed at helping you to achieve that. Do you love this idea? Will it be of benefit to you? Let us know in the comments and remember to keep yourself updated on our next blog article.

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