By Chimeremma Nwadialor
“We will get back to you” or “we will get back at you” or perhaps “don’t you worry about coming back here, thank you for already coming.”
Oh, the number of job applications and resumes you have sent geometrically outnumbered and outweigh the very few replies (all negative, and a few wishing you better days ahead) received.
This is a sign, a sign signalling that something somewhere isn’t right and isn’t working.
It remains true, Employers receive a huge number of job applications now and then, and they have limited time to make a selection.
Hence, the mountain of applications must be dealt with, and fast. Employers hardly look at a CV for more than a minute or two.
It is therefore pertinent that one’s CV has to be quickly catchy in order to take the gold.
1) Arrange the information
If you do not pay good attention to the scheduling of information, you would hit a rock. If you are one of those who list the data chronologically, and at the same time list all the jobs they have done so far, that’s not so necessary.
This is what you must do – highlight only those former jobs that are closely related to the specific advertisement you are signing up for.
This automatically calls for several versions of your CV tailored for different unique job advertisements. To craft several versions might be time consuming but it is necessary and of great essence.
If you are bothered that putting dates here and there might not help you or the fact that you’ve had a longer period of unemployment between two jobs might be detrimental, simply forget about listing dates.
2) Blot out clichés :
Phrases, conjunctions and whole sentences that are so common have become boring to Employers and might cost you a great opportunity.
For instance having some of this qualities (Friendly in nature – 39%; Team player and leader – 33%; Multitasking – 28%) written out can be so unhelpful nowadays.
Rather cleverly replace the words with succinct words that would let your employer know that your actions will really speak for you.
3) Highlight your achievements:
Many candidates in the resume point out a description of the jobs they have done, but not their results.
While a job description is important information, employers will be more interested in the particular job or area you could be of benefit in the establishment for them if they hire you.
4) A good Summary will do.
Many candidates forget to include it in their CVs, and if they do, they choose words that shoot them in their legs.
The central idea when writing a summary should be: “the employer wants to know what benefits I could bring to the table.”
The summary must highlight your experience successfully but succinctly, emphasizing that the information to the employer shows that you are useful to him and not that you are a potential quality worker in general.
5) Don’t make it unprofessional.
Right from the beginning we initially advised you to change something in your CV, we didn’t mean – mess your CV up. There should be a sensible measure in everything. If there is no way you can cover up as regards your work and corresponding dates, indicate a course, a hobby, a part-time job you took at period of your unemployment.
The employer will thus know that you are not trying to hide anything and that you were still active during the period of unemployment.
One small mistake can cost you a job interview, even if it was one missing letter. Contact details must be provided, the information include name and surname, address, e-mail, mobile phone number.
Again and again, check for any irregularities. You can’t afford to write more resumés.
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