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!
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Aug 3, 2017 by Guest Blogger
Great post, but I have a question for you - how do you handle this situation when it comes to your linkedin profile; do you merely put everything on your profile, or do you customise it as well depending on what roles you're looking for? What if you're interested in many types of roles?
posted 2 years ago by Simon
Very good article
posted 2 years ago by Rishu
I have two bachellor degrees, sometimes it´s hard to fill a CV when most of the experience isn´t related at all
posted 2 years ago by Jorge
I find it hard to tailor my CV to other jobs in different industries...nice article and helpful!
posted 2 years ago by Marcos
This article is helpful for people like me, who achieve an international career. Thanks!
posted 2 years ago by Rafael
This article is very helpful!
I think we should have a special version of our CV to every job we want to apply.
Because covering the variety of your IT background, for instance, is quite purposeless, when you're going to change your career way to photography.
posted 2 years ago by Maxim
Good advice. Thanks
posted 2 years ago by Mo
Great article! Thanks for the tips.
posted 2 years ago by Ali