Each one of us carries a talent, but the only problem is that we aren’t able to showcase that talent appropriately on our CV. While recruiters are always on a hunt to find that one ideal candidate, they usually miss out on diamonds as many candidates are unable to showcase themselves in front of the candidates. In this blog post, I’ll be helping you discover four ethical ways to improve your CV in order to land up in your dream job.
You Don’t Know What You Want & it Shows.
Your CV won’t succeed if you don’t carry a clear vision for the job you want to land up in. Remember, your CV primary purpose is to secure a job you want, not just any job you’re just qualified for.
There does not exist the “right way” to present your experience. Further, you’re qualified for all kinds of different jobs which all kinds of different companies have to offer.
But you don’t just want any job, so you must position yourself to appeal to the exact job description and companies you want. To do this, you have to know what you desire and where you should place yourself in the next 5 years. You need to think about what you’re desire in a job title and — just as importantly — what the people hiring for those positions want from an ideal candidate.
Your Accomplishments Matter More Than your Responsibilities.
Nobody cares what you were assigned to do in previous jobs, they care what you did with the opportunities you had at that role.
Your CV should highlight the impact you made in your previous roles and the results you generate for your employer.
If you’ve previously worked as a salesperson, the revenue you generated for your employer is more important than simply who the clients were during your job period.
If you had previously worked in social media, it’s not enough to just mention you ran the brand’s Twitter account — focus instead on how you increased the following or engagement of that account and helped them reach to a newer audience.
Stop Trying to Fit in
People usually spend a LOT of time trying to make their CV fit what they think is the “industry standard” in order to land up in their dream job.
They want the design to be right, to use the right keywords to get noticed and to make sure they don’t do anything that seems unusual.
Every candidate wants to look professional, which is another way of stating that they just want to fit in the picture.
Here’s a piece of reality: You get a job offer by standing out from the crowd — and not by blending into it.
You might be trying to rise above the pack of other qualified applicants who are your direct competition and give people a reason to notice you, remember you, acknowledge you and then, ultimately hire you.
Broadly speaking, a cookie-cutter CV wouldn’t be able to do that for you.
So, Stop worrying about trying so damn hard to fit in and start discovering some ways to stand out from others.
If you Worked on it, Take Credit for it
Most projects are group activities. There’s a set of people involved that play a vital role resulting in the ultimate success of the project.
Further, when it comes to your CV, if you worked on a specified project, you carry the right to take credit for it.
Don’t downplay your role in success just because you feel others had played a greater role than you in achieving it.
Only because you didn’t lead a project, doesn’t mean you weren’t a key part of it becoming successful and doesn’t mean you can’t stake a claim of that success on your CV.
For eg, If a product launch was a hit, don’t just mention that you “Assisted with a successful product launch,” you can instead claim here that you “Launched a successful product.”
The person who would be reading your CV is looking to see what you’ve done, what you have achieved from your previous set of opportunities — not what you’ve kinda, sorta, helped to do, etc.