Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 32
MAKE YOUR CV
PACK A PUNCH
The person who wants to hire you will spend no
more than a few seconds - a couple of minutes
tops - scanning your CV, so it has to be impressive
and instantly effective. You need to present
your experience, strengths, skills and ambitions
in a short accessible package: minimum two
pages, maximum three. Anything longer is not
going to be read. In fact, most decision makers
say they want to know immediately - from the
first page alone - whether there is a positive
match between the job and the candidate.
When writing your CV, the first thing you need
to ask yourself is, "What is the job I'm applying
for?" Most people write generic CVs, but you
should bear in mind that the employer is looking
for a specific candidate with a specific skill set.
When faced with a generic CV, the employer will
have to read the whole CV to find the appropriate
match, by which time they are bored.
A CV is a marketing document - think of it as
building brand You. It is designed to sell you as
a candidate to an employer, to grab their interest
from the word go and to entice them into hiring
you. You need to make sure each CV is relevant
to the job you're applying for, with specifics
about your experience in that particular field.
WITH AN AGENCY
The key word with agencies is "specialist" - 80%
specialise in specific sectors. As a candidate, you
can make an agency's life easier. With more and
more applicants, an agency's problem is how to
pick the right candidate from so many options.
Building a relationship with specific consultants
can ensure they become your personal champion.
The key is finding the right consultant who has the
contacts and relationships with those companies
that will have the kind of job you want.
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