Like people, no two job roles are the same, therefore your CV shouldn’t just fit into one box.
Although it may seem time consuming; making the effort to tailor your CV to suit the requirements of a particular vacancy can only help to increase your chances of landing an interview.
If you are wondering how to get started, simply take a look at our pointers below…
1) Get Well Acquainted With The Job Description
To really get to grips with the role, it’s essential that you spend a prolonged period of time reading through the job description. To help you to focus on any specific requirements, highlight any key points so you can easily refer back to them. As well as getting to know the job description, also delve further into the company; look at their key values and main customers. If you have previously worked in a similar environment and dealt with likeminded customers; this will also help you to further connect with the employer.
2) Make Your First Point Relevant
CVs don’t always have to include the work history at the top of the page. For example, if the job description focuses on having a particular qualification or level of education; place your educational history at the top of your CV instead, so the recruiter’s eye is instantly drawn to it.
3) Revamp Your Duties
Of course, you can’t change your previous employers or the dates which you have spent there, but you can focus on some of your previous duties & achievements. For instance if you are applying for a senior position but have never worked in a managerial role, focus on the times when you have upheld responsibility to further convey your suitability for the position.
4) Don’t Forget Your Interests
The majority of jobs stipulate certain personality traits and skills such as being able to provide great customer service. If you have undertaken any voluntary roles outside of the workplace which showcase this, don’t forget to pop them down on your CV, as it can help you land an interview with the employer.
5) Get A Third Party Involved
Before submitting your CV to an employer, have a friend browse your CV. Ask them what skills and achievements they thought stood out and which role they thought you would be best to suited to? If their response is similar to the vacancy which you applying for, rest assured that you have successfully tailored your CV for a specific role.