6 Ways To Get Your Job Resume Noticed
Your CV is your passport to getting a job. It's your calling card. It's your brochure in a way. It sells your skills. It gives you a chance to show off those attributes you have that make you the perfect choice for your employer. Now that you have arrived in the job market fresh from college or from a previous company and looking for a fresh start - this is your time to take charge of your life. Applying for that job is all about displaying your suitable skills and selling yourself. Here is a short and simple list of 6 ways to get your CV noticed.
1. Tailor your CV / Resume to your Audience - make the effort to tailor your CV to suit the requirements of each particular job that you are applying. It will seriously increase and improve your chances of securing a job interview. A lot of people just spend time writing up and printing the one CV for all prospective employers. Big mistake. Tailor the CV to suit the job. Highlight your skills and experience in order of importance. Your most important skills go on top.
2. Outline your objectives - your personal statement (you do have a personal statement, don't you?) should highlight your professional attributes and goals, and emphasising why it is worth reading the rest of your CV. You should aim to to use no more than 50 words, making each sentence a key selling point. (Also see point 6.)
3. Use relevant job titles - rather than stating you were a "Tier 2 Promotions and Advertising Coordinator", replacing it with "Marketing Executive" so employers can instantly recognise your experience. Don't waffle or beat about the bush.
Don't include old Information on your resume
It's amazing how much useless old stale information is still included on a person's resume. Okay, you can be proud of your qualification from the year 199X, or (gulp - 198X) ...whatever. But if it is old and stale and useless, why continue keeping it there? Your information and qualifications have to be new or recent, not old and from a bygone era. Imagine your CV is a book you are about to write and publish. Who will read it? Who is your audience? Exactly, hardly anyone.
No one wants to see your IT Diploma for Windows Millennium Edition or Windows 95, that is old hat and so gone! Likewise your degree in Economics from before the last recession (around 2008) is also out-dated, since so many things have changed. So do not include old stale qualifications and do not include too many jobs over many years. The last three jobs should suffice. If you changed jobs too many times, that might be flagged by future employers. So mention your present work and last three at the most. No more.
Make sure your resume shows a clear path of constant academic or work qualification updates or upgrades. And if you are only realizing this now, there is a very useful thing called night-school, and evening classes - that could be just the ticket to helping get those qualifications up to date.
4. Choose a clear layout - the last thing a recruiter wants to have is to hunt for the information that they are looking for. So don't hide that information amongst an array of elaborate graphics. Ask yourself, do you really need elaborate graphics - where simple graphics or a chart will do. Or not at all. Make it easy to read. Your interviewer isn't reading a Company Annual report on you. It has to be easy, brief, and promising enough to make them want to meet you to discuss your accomplishments with them. Companies are becoming more particular now about the kind of workers they want. If every candidate has the same degree in something, then whatever work experience is included could make the difference. If the best most eye-catching CV is picked, it is because that would-be candidate put more attention into making sure it is tailor-made to be noticed. Make that person you.
5. Show everyone what makes you unique - employers don't just buy skills. They are buying the person. What makes you stand out? Pick those qualities, and put them at the top. Show how you can make the company money (if necessary) and show how you can resolve the problems that they have. They are the two core issues at the heart of every job. Re-purpose that olde resume into a new more up-to-date resume that reflects you as the pro-active can-do person who is enabled, enthusiastic, team-focused, and flexible. Make yourself stand out.
Super Tip for job Seekers: Join LinkedIn
The best way to be found is to be seen by as many employers and companies as possible. Every single week, my LinkedIn profile is seen by companies who want to employ me, or people like me. How are they finding me?
There is no magic to this, and no excuse not to join LinkedIn either since it is free. Sign up using your email account, acknowledge the link they send you, log into your new profile and then build it. Include a small but decent photo of yourself, and list your resume details as though it were the same thing. If you have an interesting profile, then companies will notice you.
The company LinkedIn sends you stats every week of how much your profile is being seen. The more active you are on LinkedIn, the more likely you will be noticed. LinkedIn is the worlds most popular business to business social media site.
6. Don't lie on your CV - this is a major reason people don't get jobs. They think that by putting little or bigger white lies in their job history, lists of accomplishments, courses, training and experience - they will get away with it. You won't. And that goes for your referees also. Your Interviewers will check you out. They will check your qualifications, then referees, then work history, they will check everything. They are used to people lying to them, despite the pleasant smiles you may see. It's all part of their job to pick the best candidate. The best candidate might be the most honest candidate.
Honesty gets you everywhere in life, in relationships, and in job interviews. Looking over a CV is always a wake up call, it shows your strengths and might show some weak areas. Deal with them honestly. If you can't substantiate something there, just leave it out.
If your CV is as close to perfect as can be, then you will feel more confident and its strength will reflect back in you. Be that person. And get that job.
In finishing I would like to recommend a great Hub written by Linsday Godfree about how to choose a career as a student. You may find it insightful.
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