CV expectations have changed in the last decade – so getting your CV just right is worth it. The difference between getting an opportunity or not can be down to this one simple asset, so take the time to get it right for the industry that you are interested in and don’t be afraid to ask for others to check it and help you.
It is one of your most important assets as you start out.
We spoke to employers to ask them what they look for in modern-day CVs, and there were a few suggestions that came up time and time again which we have listed below for you!
Our top tips for CVs that work in 2021 are:
Keep it short, relevant to the role you are applying for and easy to read
Include contact information, list your skills that are relevant to the role you are looking at, and don’t go overboard explaining all of the experiences and skills you have just to “pad out” your CV.
Longer is not better – and if you find you are repeating yourself or creating endless lists, you need to find a way to make it more succinct. Employers are busy people!
List your work experience backwards – in order from your most recent experience and don’t lie about your experience.
Focus on Skills
Notice the skill-set required from the advertisement for the opportunity and list which of those you have, plus any others that are relevant.
Provide short examples of how you have used or developed each skill and how they might benefit the company you are applying to.
You want this to form the top part of your CV so employers can quickly check that you are a worthy applicant and read further to discover your experience.
Find a modern, professional format
There are free online templates available to ensure your CV looks modern and appealing to employers. Take advantage of these, and make sure to include a photo if you have a nice professional one. An attractive CV does make a difference.
Check your online presence
There is a high chance that future employers will scope you out on social media, so before applying for any role ensure that your various online profiles are all completely private if necessary, and you have appropriate public faces images (such as your cover and profile images on Facebook)
If social media is something that might benefit the application, check that you have an appropriate and professional presence that will work for you rather than against you. If you are unsure, you are better locking your profiles down to private and asking a friend to search you to check your online profiles are all appropriate.
Linkedin is a great way to demonstrate where you could fit into an industry, so if you have your eye on a particular employer or role you can set up your Linkedin and share relevant articles to show you are interested in the industry.
Ask someone to check your CV for errors
Typos and grammatical errors are commonly found in CVs and one of the reasons some do not even make it past the first round. Ask someone else to check it for you, and make sure they agree it is easy to read and follow.
For more tips and career advice see www.careersexpo.org.nz