CV and Resume – some essentials (part 3)
Coming to the last part of our CV and Resume series, we want to share with you the last small details that will help you create a powerful CV. In part one and part two of our CV and Resume series, we covered quite some essentials but the little details are of no smaller importance. Will you hire someone with spelling mistakes on his CV?
Therefore, once you have spent hours working on a document, you are likely to be blind to minor or even major formatting, spelling or contextual mistakes. Get someone competent to proofread it for you.
Skills and Interests section
This section is tricky, some decide to leave it out and others to keep it in; in our view there is no fixed right or wrong. If you are bringing in important and real information about yourself and you have room and it fits with the layout then go for it. Listing that you like ‘reading’, ‘films’ or ‘sports’ is very clichéd and won’t take you far. On the other hand, if you have specialist skills and knowledge in systems, industries that are relevant to the job to should bring them in here. As a tip, if you are stuck for some of the keywords in the job description, the skills section can also be a useful place to bring these in.
Senior managers have poor eyesight and time constraints
Now that your CV has made it into the hands of the senior hiring manager you should remember that the ‘senior’ might also mean poorer eyesight and an agenda with plenty of demands on their time. Restrict your CV to a maximum of two pages to demonstrate that you can express yourself clearly and concisely. Do not go below font size 11 or the text will be too small for them to read.
Demonstrate the proof of your points
Most job descriptions require leadership skills amongst many others. As with all the skills, avoid just writing how great your communication or leadership skills are far better to actually prove it. Choose your achievements accordingly; those should concretely demonstrate how you took leadership in these situations, the challenges you and your team faced and the results achieved.
If you already have been through some jobs, make sure to demonstrate your progress. Nobody expects you to start of as a CEO. Hiring managers want to see that you have potential for development and especially that you were promoted by people who knew you best, your previous employers.
Each job needs a different CV
Hiring managers see hundreds of CVs a day and guess what, they are exceptional good at scanning them. They will quickly analyse if you made the effort to prepare your CV for this particular role or if it is a generic version you quickly sent off without caring. It tells them whether you are serious and keen about their company and about that job.
Social media profiles should back up your story
You can be certain that what you say on your CV, will be verified through your LinkedIn and other social media accounts. Make sure the information matches to make an organised and honest impression. Keeping an active and updated LinkedIn Profile will also increase your chances of getting noticed and contacted by hiring managers directly on LinkedIn.
Professional photo (depending on country)
A professional photo is a must. It’s the first impression you give, make an effort and book a session with a photographer who knows how to take good professional photos. It will pay out. In some markets photos are not considered appropriate on your CV; respect the local rules.
Create an outstanding CV with an IYLC coach
A professional coaching conversation around your education and professional experience will help bring out far more than you realised you had. We can also help identify the relevant parts for the particular job description you are applying for and help phrase your experience and achievements to match against them. IYLC coaches can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org and our team will be delighted to assist.
We hope you enjoy revamping your personal CV that will take you to your dream job!