If you are new to the job searching arena you will no doubt be keen to impress potential employers. When you have the interest of someone who is advertising a position that you are interested in you will have a better chance of securing a job with them. Here is a little advice on what potential employers want to know about you from your CV which will help you to be successful in getting the right job.
- Your contact details – this may sound obvious but when you are creating a CV you will want to make sure that your contact details are clear and easy to see. Don’t hide them away at the bottom of the first page or they might get overlooked. Remember that some employers have to look through many CV’s each day and they do not have the time to spend looking for how to contact you.
- Your qualifications – start with the ones that you have obtaining through school or further education. Then go on to list any other qualifications that you might have that are relevant to the position that you are apply for. For example if you have taken an Excel course include this and so.
- Your work experience – give the title of your previous position/s, how long you were employed for the company and what your role entailed. This will give employers an idea of what your areas of strength are and how long you have been employed for. If there are any breaks in your employment you must be able to account for them. However if you are fresh out of school, college or university and do not have work experience say this.
- Any other experience that you might have – some people have done unpaid work experience or have worked in a voluntary capacity at some time. All of this is valid and will help you to paint a clear picture of yourself for potential employers.
- Any other skills that you might – for instance you might be a confident public speaker or be good at negotiating. If this is the case make sure that you showcase all of your strengths in this way. Sometimes it is the little details that can make all the difference when it comes to an employer making a job offer to an individual. Don’t be afraid to sell your good points here, it is not bragging, it is simply giving an employer all the information they need to make an informed decision on employing you or not.
- What you can bring to the role – all employers want to know why they should hire you so once again don’t be afraid to sell your skills. If you feel that you would be an excellent worker as you are good at timekeeping, can work to deadlines, have the drive to succeed tell potential employers this. Don’t assume that they will think you already posses these skills as many people don’t. Remember that you need to be a great salesperson for yourself when it comes to securing a job in today’s fast paced and competitive job market.
Make sure that you have read and understood what a potential employer wants to know about you. By doing this you might see areas on your CV that you could improve or areas where you have added information that is not necessary. If you need to let someone else take a look at what you have written and let them pretend to be an employer. If they see something that you have missed out they will let you know and you can further refine your CV. Good luck!