CV Tips for Professionals

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Looking for a career change? Hoping to advance within your organisation? Putting together a portfolio of activities?

Career Transition Specialist Robyn Greaves from The 3rd Chapter recently discussed how the world of work has changed rapidly over the past few years & is set to transform into a more flexible environment in the next 5 years.  With this in mind it is essential to think about how you can differentiate yourself in the market and write a fabulous CV to secure your future.

Here are 5 CV tips to help you achieve success and stand out from the crowd:

  1. Write a brief introduction – this is your elevator pitch, make it compelling, sharp and to the point. If you make it through the scanning process, you absolutely want to shine in that initial paragraph.
  2. What’s in it for me? – Answer this question for the potential employer. They don’t care how great you were at balancing full time work & study, what they care about is what you’re bringing to the table & what they will get out of it.
  3. Leave out unnecessary details – don’t write War & Peace, keep your CV factual, to the point and easy to read. People don’t have the time energy or inclination to read pages & pages of your info, they just want standout facts.
  4. Highlight Achievements – include your relevant achievements. Potential employers want to know how you will add value to their business, so promote your achievements so they gain an understanding of what you’re capable of.
  5. Include keywords from the job ad or description – A good tactic (especially if scanning software is used), is to include keywords from the job description and other relevant industry keywords. This will make your CV more robust and more closely aligned with the job you’re applying for.

Writing a great CV is a skill in itself. If you’re struggling to be seen, secure a job interview or land a job, then you should absolutely consider having a professional write your CV. We specialise in writing CVs for people at all stages of their career & can help you achieve your goals. Like to know more?  Send us an email at info@goldenlightdesigns.com to discuss how we can help.