HR managers see tons of CVs daily and get tired of those, which have nothing catchy in them or are poorly compiled. Students might not have much experience in composing CVs, so we are here to give you some recommendations.
Specify the Position Clearly
One of the two CVs includes several positions that the candidate claims and these positions are entirely different in the level of expertise, salary, responsibility. For example, the same person wants to become a marketing director, marketing manager, internet project manager, and internet marketer. The candidate responds to the job offer of the Director of Internet Marketing. It is not an exact fit for the position, but there is a strong feeling that the person is not sure of one’s forces and does not fully understand what position to claim.
All this is exacerbated by the lack of the desired salary in the CV. Most probably, the HR manager will postpone such a CV for later because it is much easier to call for an interview with a candidate whose resume is more suitable for the job offer. So, think well and write in the CV only one position that you want and can take, and your desired salary (but try to be fair).
Very often, HR managers face the problem of awfully written working experience: one large text without paragraphs, facilitating reading, long sentences with many introductory words, the relevant information is not highlighted in any way.
HR manager doesn’t have much time to read one CV and expects to spend every minute as efficiently as possible. They look through the CV diagonally, focusing on essential points concerning the job offer and then read more carefully. If the structure of your CV is cumbersome, there is no chance that the HR manager will remember your application and call you.
Talk About the Whole Experience
HR managers complain that candidates do not describe their working experience in the CV completely. But in your CV, you need to show as fully as possible everything that deals with the job offer. Of course, you don’t have to write about owning basic office programs if you claim a leadership position. And, more importantly, you shouldn’t write about your ambitions goals which have little in common with the job offer. Don’t write that you are going to create the best antivirus for Mac or invent the time machine. Do write about the ability to manage people, to build a team from scratch, to perform KPI, as well as about special skills in the industry, is certainly worth it.
Describe the Result, Not the Process
The personal pain of every HR manager is the vocabulary of the “Achievements” section. Don’t tell about the achievements as if they were a process, but rather the result! It is much better to write as follows: “achieved,” “fulfilled,” “increased by 55% percent,” “formed,” “provided,” and “created.” You can not always specify absolute numbers, and it is not necessary. It is enough to make it clear that you have worked and will continue to work for the result.
Do Not Give Reasons for Doubt
Sometimes you tend to change the workplace sooner than the possible employer would like you to. The CV shows that as well. For example, the term of work in the last few places did not exceed a couple of months or that the candidate was unemployed for a whole year.
In many cases, the HR manager will have doubts about such a candidate, and perhaps there will be no invitation to interview. To remove doubts, be sure to describe the reasons for the workplace change. Ask your previous employers to write recommendations and attach them to the CV.
Don’t Be Lazy – Rewrite the CV
Sometimes the candidate wants to apply for one position and creates the CV for it, but then another job offer pops up, and he or she realizes – it’s the dream job. If the second position differs in the required experience and tasks, then sending the same CV is irrational – most likely, the attempt will not be successful.
It is better to do the following: change the CV for a new position to emphasize the necessary knowledge and experience. If the latter is not enough, but you are ready to work hard to fill the gaps, it needs to be mentioned. That way, the employer will not have false expectations, and you will get a chance. Feel free to admit that you don’t know something; show a desire to learn something new. Remember that many positions involve professional growth, and such a jump can be made from a lower professional levels.