When a person applies for a job, a C.V. will be required as a part of the screening process. If you want to stand out from the crowd and have your best foot forward in the interview process, then you need to create a powerful CV that is appealing, well written and includes all of the skills and experience that are sought after by the prospective employer. An employer may view your CV as a summary of your skills and experience and will base their decisions on this alone. However, without a strong and relevant CV, the employer will not be able to tell which skills and experience are most relevant to the role that they are seeking.
There are several things that should be included in a CV; however, there are certain skills that you should avoid including. The most important things to remember when preparing a CV is that you need to have all of the relevant experience and skills listed; however, you also need to avoid any gaps in your knowledge or skills. In essence, you need to write a CV that is a ‘whole picture’.
List all of the skills that you possess: It is important that you have all of the skills that are needed for the role that you are applying for listed on your CV. However, you also need to make sure that you do not list anything that is not relevant to the position that you are seeking. For example, if you are applying for a position as a salesman, then you do not need to include information about your previous work as a salesman (i.e. the products that you sold) on your CV. This information is irrelevant to the role that you are applying for and would not impress the employer.
You should also make sure that your CV is easy to read and that it accurately reflects your skills and experience: you should avoid using very fancy fonts or graphics and should always use easy to read text. It should also be listed in a logical order and should highlight any of the positive characteristics that the employer is looking for: for example, a previous achievement or skill sets. If your CV does not convey the right message to the potential employer then they will not have confidence in you and could think that you are not ready for the role that has been advertised.
There should also be a balance between your skills and experiences: some CVs may seem ‘full of yourself’ and this can often leave the potential employer wondering whether you are suitable for the job. It is important that the balance is achieved. For example, if you are applying for a sales job, then it would not be appropriate to list all of your selling skills. The employer needs to see that you have the ability to sell the products, but that you are also capable of selling the benefits to the customer. You should also avoid using language that is overly professional and general, such as stating that you are fluent in eight languages. This is not professional and will leave the employer feeling that you have a lack of understanding and language skills.
Also, make sure that you highlight any of your special skills: if you are skilled in computer repair then mention this on your CV. However, do not overdo it and say that you know everything there is to know about computers. If possible, use technology in your CV to show your experience or abilities and not just your technical knowledge. Using technology in your CV is one of the best ways to show your employer that you are qualified and capable of the role but also have other skills that could be useful for the position.