Finding a job can be one of the most difficult and frustrating part of your week, whether you're looking for a job abroad or at home, let's take a look at how you can get your CV in tip top shape and find a job in no time!
What a great problem to have! Before putting those editing skills to work, start on a positive note and take a good look at your CV: you have experience, you have diversity, and surely by now you’ve accumulated your fair share of workplace knowledge such as dealing with colleagues and managers, rules and regulations.
Trust me; it was worth the effort!
Let’s talk about how you can put all the information together so that your CV will serve its purpose (getting you job interviews, in case you forgot).
As with every piece of written production, please abide by coherence. If your experience is diverse and spread across several years, please help the recruiter to help you. Follow the timeline, write down the dates accurately and make sure each example of work experience is easy to trace back in time.
Moreover, apply the same rule as if you were given different jobs within the same company. Try to organise your CV based on a common denominator, rather than forcing the chronology and functionality.
Read over each section of your CV and assess its coherence: could I explain this simply and logically during an interview? For example, if there’s some connection between the industries you’ve worked in, maybe emphasise the fact by using a colour code, or laying them out alongside each other.
Or if the positions held were similar, and maybe you’ve gone from being an expert in one field to an equal role, but different activity domain, then only state the job title at the beginning, followed by periods and industries. It’s simpler than repeating unnecessary information.
Secondly, if you’re dealing with entirely different industries or job titles, I would suggest you include an explanatory line. For example, you can start each workplace description with a motivation statement.
Instead of opting for the classical responsibilities/achievements, why not give a little bit of context: “I decided to pursue my interest for...” or “Bold decision to change my career, couldn’t be more happy about it!” You set the tone, of course, but remember, if no given restrictions tell you otherwise, you have the power to decide what to include in your CV. Use it responsibly!
Last but not least, are you completely positive that all of the experiences are EQUALLY important? Important for what and who? I am sure all of your work experience is important, but do not forget that your CV is an instrument to get you a specific job, not just any job.
Even though it might be difficult, answer this: are all the experiences I had relevant for the job I want to apply to? I have numerous examples in mind of overwhelmingly long CVs, starting with summer internships and student jobs. Your professional path can be detailed during a 1:1 dialogue, your CV does not have to do all the talking.
I will end this with the original advice: be happy that you have so much to write about, stay positive, but re-read your CV and edit it like a true storyteller. Best of luck!
Are you a recent graduate or looking for a change in career? Take a look at How to find an internship & some reasons why it can be great for your career!
Aug 3, 2017 by Guest Blogger
posted 2 months ago by faride
I have trouble making my CV look cohesive and like it's from one person.
This was a great article
posted 2 months ago by Justin
Good advice. Although, if some rules were "set in stone", it would make job seekers life easier. I always thought that CV in PDF was a standard, and just recently an HR told me that it is better to user Word/DOC format since there are automatic HR tools that often don't read PDF well.
posted 4 months ago by THELES
posted 1 year ago by Sandro
Great blog, I am finding difficult not to write some experience in my CV, I have decided to accept some internships to expereience new areas and also new cultures.
posted 2 years ago by Julio Gabriel
Very informative, nice article
posted 2 years ago by Prince Tafadzwa
Thank you for the good advice. These hints articles are a big help these days when we are changing positions and industries more and more often.
posted 2 years ago by Tatsiana
Great article. Thank you for sharing.
posted 2 years ago by Renata
Very helpful , thanks for the advice
posted 2 years ago by Giorgio
Thanks for the good advice! These kind of articles are a big help when you're someone who's changed jobs frequently.
posted 2 years ago by Manja