There is far more to writing a CV that simply listing all your achievements and past experiences. If you want to stay ahead of the competition you need to inject some creativity into your application and make a great first impression.
Here are the 4 things you must demonstrate on your CV if you want to get to the interview stage…
1. Industry knowledge
An employer will typical expect the candidate to have a good knowledge of the industry. Without this knowledge, more training will be required and does not make for a desirable candidate. It also shows a lack of passion and dedication, both of which are essential.
Far too many job seekers are still writing CVs with little to no knowledge of what they are even applying for. Although the salary and benefits look attractive, your interest in the role and the industry should always be equal to that.
Research the company through their website and social media pages, and also read online as much information as you can get your hands on in regards to current industry affairs.
Knowing more about the role, the company and the industry will allow you to write a far better CV. You can tailor every sentence to what the company is looking for, and align your goals and aspirations with theirs.
If you make it through to the interview stage you can also demonstrate your commercial awareness to further impress the employer. Here’s what to say – This Is Exactly What to Say to Show off Your Industry Knowledge in an Interview
Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.
Change is inevitable, and no matter how large or small this change is you should be ready for it. An employer wants to know that you are happy to adapt and move with the times. This could be anything from a department move to an increase in responsibility.
To demonstrate your flexibility you should show examples on your CV. This could be anything ranging from additional responsibility, training others, promotion, a departmental or even location change, and so on.
For more information on how to be a flexible worker, here’s a great article – Workplace Flexibility Definition, Skills, and Examples
3. Idea generation
Someone who can think outside the box and generate effective ideas is an asset to any company. An employer will always favour someone who is able to solve problems and also generate ideas to make the role and the company run more smoothly.
Past achievements from your own ideas are the best way to demonstrate you have this ability. Here are some great examples for your CV:
- Increased revenue, sales or profit
- Increased customer satisfaction
- Reduction in time for a process
- Specific process or job description changes
4. Specific skills
The job advert will typically show which skills are required for the role. Although it may seem obvious that most or all of these skills should be present on your CV, you’d be surprised at how many job seekers still fail to realise this.
The most popular way to write a CV is to create a generic one which can be used for any job or employer. This means that if a specific set of skills have been requested, the job seeker leaves it up to the employer to try and figure out they have them.
This of course only leads to frustration and potential rejection, and a far better way to write a CV is to tailor it to the role. This means that any specific skills should be addressed and promoted accordingly so the hiring manager can easily spot them.
In certain instances you may find that how you’ve worded your skills on a previous copy of your CV are slightly different to the job advert, but are ultimately the same. Instead of leaving them as they are, you should tweak them so they match the job advert. This doesn’t of course mean to say you should add skills to your CV that you don’t have, but instead make sure your jargon aligns with the company’s.