The way CVs are written in today’s fast-paced business world, differ in many ways from those written only ten years ago. Not only does a CV need to be concise and clearly set out, but it should also be written (or re-written) to include the latest CV developments. For all those job seekers out there trying their best to impress, here are a few of the new CV writing methods:
1. State Your Objective
Not that long ago it was acceptable to include a broad objective in your CV but this is no longer the way things work. After carefully reading the job description for the position you’re applying for, write your objective so that it closely matches the job on offer. It must be as specific as possible, so that an employer can tell that you’ve done some research and fully understand what will be required of you.
2. Describe Work Performed
Not only does your CV need to have your work history details, but it should also describe the type of work you performed. Together with a list of previous jobs, draw up the tasks and duties you were responsible for whilst in that position. It’s important to be specific and not make general statements.
It’s also a good idea to link previous work tasks and duties with the work you’ll be expected to perform in the new job. Carefully review your job description, bearing in mind the position you’re hoping to secure then rewrite your work history to show that you have the necessary experience required.
3. Shout About Your Education
In the past, job seekers merely listed their education qualifications and university or college degrees, but in today’s tough job market, you need to be more specific. Apart from any degrees you may have acquired, you should also include any certifications you have, any other courses you’ve completed, or are enrolled in, and any other professional licenses you may hold, as this could help make you stand out from the crowd. You might also like to consider enrolling in one or more relevant workshops or classes that could help bolster your CV.
4. List Your Contact Information
It’s vital that an employer is able to get hold of you as quickly and easily as possible, so make sure your CV includes your home telephone number, your mobile number, your e-mail address and your website address, if applicable. The last thing you want is for an employer to struggle to make contact with you … who knows, they may be phoning to make you the perfect job offer.