How to create a winning CV
The main way to sell you on paper is CV and there is no such thing as one perfect CV. You may produce a number of different CVs to fit different purposes. The chances of success or failure of your CV will depend entirely on how far it meets the criteria, background, needs and sometimes the bias of the person reading it. Following is the information that will provide you with the need to create a CV which will meet the needs of the employer you are sending it to.
When producing a CV, many students fail to identify what the employer is looking for, undersell and underestimate what they have to offer and fail to provide the right evidence to support the skills and competencies. Following are the four steps that can help you to create a winning CV.
Step 1 – Identify the employer’s needs
- You should read all the information available to you on the job and the company
- Think about the range of skills and competencies that are required, the evidence that you will need to demonstrate these skills and experience to meet employer requirements
- Write a clear list of the skills, qualities and experience that are essential for the position
Step 2 – Know what you have to offer
- List the positive experiences and achievements in your life to date, and the skills you have acquired, drawing on your education, work experience and other interests.
- Key transferable skills that you may wish to include in your CV
Step 3 – Make the connection and plan how to sell yourself
Now that you have examined what employers are looking for and identified you key skills, you need to take fresh look at yourself through the eyes of the employers. You also need to decide what type of CV to use as there a range of approaches you can consider. You should ask yourself:
- What are the features that are really going to make me stand out?
- How am I going to be able to evidence the statements?
- What benefits am I offering to the employer? Why should they interview me?
Step 4 – turning plans into action
- You should now study examples of good CVs and start developing or adapting your own. Remember to keep the focus on who the CV is for and consider the best way of presenting the benefits of what you have to offer to employers.
There are different types of Cv. Every CV you write will be targeted to a specific job or organisation and the format can also vary according to your own circumstances, experience and personal preference. The traditional chronological CV is still preferred by many employers. Information in each section is presented in reverse chronological order, so that you’re most recent experience or achievement comes first. A skill based CV is a good format for highlighting your most relevant skills and experience from all areas of your life. In order to attract more and more employers you need to make your CV effective and this can be done with the help of above specified steps.