You could be the best writer/accountant/solicitor in the world, but if your CV doesn’t reflect that, it will simply be dismissed. Being bold and confident is great, as long as you have the skills and examples to back up your claims.
Remember, your CV will often be the initial point of contact between you and your potential new employer. Giving a professional first impression is essential. Let’s take a look at some examples:
The first one gives next to nothing away and does not sell the candidate in the slightest. The third, whilst using more sophisticated and engaging vocabulary, is full of glaring typing and spelling errors, which will make the employer doubt their ability in spite of their claims.
That leaves the second example – it is clear and tells the employer a bit about the candidate without giving too much away. Out of the three, this example is most likely to give the best initial impression.
You can always provide links to your blog and to your portfolio if you have one, or better yet, you can send these in a follow-up email. Your CV is almost like a blurb on a book – it sets the scene for the reader (or employer in this case) and encourages them to want to find out more.
Keep your CV updated with the most relevant and recent experience that you have and don’t forget, you can tailor it to suit the role you are applying for. The example from earlier would later go on to provide links to their work and the organisations they have worked with, all flawlessly explained and in a way that did not come across as arrogant.
- What are my main skills?
- What has my past experience taught me?
- What are my key characteristics?
- Can I work well in a team?
- Do I fully understand the role? Where can I get more information?
- How would my friends and/or family describe me?
- What makes me unique?
To make sure your CV sends out the right message about you, contact DBE for detailed proofreading and copy editing, along with suggestions about how you can make the right impression. Time to find your dream job!