If you are planning on looking for a new job in 2020 then it might be time to update your CV. One of the most time consuming yet important aspects of finding a new career is writing a good CV. It is the very first impression you make, however it can often be hard to decide what to include and how to format before sending it off to a an employment agency or potential employer.
How to improve your CV for 2020
The opening lines of your CV is the first thing an employer will read, at which point they will already to start to make a judgement. It’s worth spending time on this section to make it stand out. Ensure that you include key points that state your valuable skills. Recruiters take an average of six to seven seconds to decide whether or not to continue reading a CV, so use this time wisely.
Get the tone right
Depending on what job you are applying for, adapt a relevant tone. Rather than simply listing what you’ve previously done, focus on how your achievements will benefit the potential employer. If your CV reads like an old fashioned lists of responsibilities it will appear mundane and tired. Make sure you include your activities and responsibilities but adapt them to the potential role and describe the value that you could add to your new employers business.
Avoid making your resume too general
Generic CV’s get lost in the mountain of other applicants. When you are writing your CV, you should be thinking about what the employer is looking for. Why are they advertising the role and how will the new role help their business. Aligning your CV with these questions will help you stand out. Use your CV as an opportunity to sell yourself.
Make it look good
Double check your resume for grammar and spelling. Make sure it’s easily digestible from a visual perspective. Numerous CVs are often rejected because they don’t look professional. Proof read your CV carefully. An interview winning CV is a marketing document that sells you as the perfect candidate for a new job.
Play to your strengths
While the majority of your CV is going to be about your current and previous roles, ensure that you include your achievements as well as responsibilities. Detail the strengths that you have and how they have benefitted your current and previous employers. This can help demonstrate that you have experience, skills and initiative that a new employer would value.
Include hobbies or any voluntary work however make sure that they are relevant to the role. If you run marathons or participate in endurance sport then this could be seen as very relevant and beneficial if you are applying for a physical job. Or if you have any relevant certificates, accreditations or licenses ensure that you include these on your CV.