Does Your CV Include These Important Points?
Curriculum Vitae or CV is the first and most important step to begin the career of your dreams. While many find it as a child’s play, for some it is a huge burden. As the saying goes, “First Impression is the Last Impression”, same goes for the CV. It takes only few seconds for an employer to go through your CV and assess your importance in their industry.
CV is not only about detailing your personality and your experiences, but it also needs to include those specific keywords and skills, which an employer is looking for. Since, many employers receive innumerable number of job applications every day, so to read each one of them line by line is a hectic and time-consuming task. To make this task simpler, they judge the CVs by looking for specific quality, if it is present, then CV is accepted otherwise rejected.
Now, the question arises, how to pass this first and the most important step? Do not worry. It is not only you, it is almost everyone, including the ones who skipped few years in their career and have gaps in their career history. These things are common and can happen with most of us, so make sure you always highlight your skills and neglect your down sides. Here are some tips:
Which one to go for, Chronological or Functional?
Chronological CV is the most trending and common way of writing CV demanded by almost every employer. In this, you start with your career objective and mention your work experiences and qualifications.
In other cases, if you are going for a job that does not relate to your previous work experience, then writing a chronological CV might be a disadvantage for you. In this situation, it is recommended to go for functional CV. Instead of beginning with your experiences and educational qualifications, Functional CV highlights your skills and strengths and then talks about your work history.
If you are directly called for an interview, then present yourself in the most appropriate manner, your hands-on experience will speak louder regardless of your last job.
Do not Consider Gaps in your Career History as your Weakness
If you have gaps in your career history, do not try to hide them as it will leads to questions and give a negative look to your personality. Add them to your CV and explain them in the right and sufficient manner, this will make them completely acceptable.
Never forget the Keywords
While reviewing your CV, the employer will only look for specific skill set that relates to their requirements. Carefully read the skills requirement section and if they match with yours, then use them throughout your CV in the summary and experience sections.
For example, if the job post is for JAVA developers, then do mention your knowledge about the latest frameworks. If you are a tech expert, always grasp an idea of the latest technologies and mention them in your CVs. In many jobs, knowing more than one spoken language can increase your chances of getting hired (if you are applying for an MNC).
Be Business Minded and Transparent
There are good chances that your new employer will do at least a basic online search about you, while looking at your CV. Having a LinkedIn account is a good practice and if you have spent lots of time on this site, then do include it in your CV. Now a days, many companies demand for your LinkedIn profile along with your CV. It shows you are business minded regardless of the sector. As an additional benefit, ask your previous employers to write recommendations for your LinkedIn profile. It will highlight you in a much better way.
Not sure about something, explain it
If you have previously worked for some smaller companies and their services and products vary from your new potential employer, then explain them in detail. It can be worthy to offer a frame of reference. It is justified to offer a little information about their principal activity.
Cover Letter, A must
No CV, no job application is complete without a cover letter. Never ever send a CV without a cover letter. Though, many times, people only choose to go with the CV, but including a cover letter along with it boost your chances.
While CV elaborates your experiences and skills, a cover letter helps in explaining the employer why you are suitable for a particular job. In this, you must explain why your previous experience(s) is/are helpful for your present role and why you are interested in working for the new company.
I hope these points will help.
© 2018 Prachi Sharma