Would you go to a hairdresser to have your car fixed? Or, indeed, to a car mechanic to have your hair styled? Of course not! Why then do so many people go to a friend or neighbour or anyone who will offer advice when it comes to one of the most important aspects of their lives – their career? Your CV is your ambassador, it is your sales document and you need to invest a very small amount to get excellent results.
‘Finding yourself in a position where you have to construct a CV can be very daunting, but panic not! Firstly, you should look at the experience you have. What can you do? What are you good at? What do you enjoy? You need to be very realistic when doing this. There’s no point in deciding that you want to be an engineer, for example, if you need a specific qualification which you do not have. If you’ve been in a job as a sales person, then the likelihood is that you’ll be better positioned to find another opportunity as a sales person, as you’ll have the relevant experience for this type of job.
You need to consider what else is required for the role. Do you need to hold a full clean driving licence? Do you need to have a second language? Do you need to be available for shift work? There is absolutely no point in applying for a job that you are either not qualified for or do not have the essential requirements to fulfil.
I always recommend that you look at the jobs that are available and see which matches most closely to your experience and qualifications. Then, write your CV using the key words in the job advert. Often companies use software to select suitable CVs, using key words to search. If you have not included these key words in your CV, it will not be selected, even though you may be very well matched to the position. Once you have a clear idea of what you want to put into the CV, you are half way there.’
Original article in Metro Ireland.