Rather than making your job applications generic, you’re far better off customising your CV and cover letter for each job you’re applying for. Here are 3 key questions to keep in mind that can help you personalise your CV for every job application, so you can boost your chances of landing the interview and getting the job.
1. How Much Experience Does The Job Require?
When a job requires no experience at all, it is not necessary to overload the CV with all of the experience you’ve acquired throughout your entire lifetime. In fact, it’s better if the applican’t uses the CV as a chance to highlight other great qualities about themselves. Items such as community service, scholarly achievements and a full education history will go much farther than a long work history when a job requires little to no experience. Conversely, a job that requires a massive amount of experience should be met with a CV that has an extensive work history to give the manager the information they are looking for.
2. What Field Is The Job In?
There is a big difference between a position in customer service and a position in loss prevention. Whilst a job in customer service requires someone who enjoys working with people, a job in loss prevention requires someone who has been in charge before and is detail orientated.
When applying for jobs that require people skills, applican’ts should highlight those communication abilities on their CV. Community service and previous customer service jobs will aid a CV for a customer-orientated job. However, achievements in math and leadership will help you more in a job that is geared towards management or loss prevention.
For every job, the applican’t should consider what skills the job requires and highlight those skills on their CV rather than trying to put their entire life storey on paper.
3. What Is The Company All About?
A simple internet search can tell any applican’t what the company they are applying to is all about. There are companies with Christian values who may want to hear about community service at a church. There are companies that work with the military, and they may want to hear about military or ROTC service of the applican’t.
Regardless of what the job is in, the applican’t should use their CV as a chance to relate to greater goals and image of the company.
When preparing a CV to attach to a job application, every applican’t should think very hard about what experience the job requires, what field the job is in and what the company is all about. These three factors help to make the beginnings of a great CV. Adding in LiveCareer’s CV Builder and CV will allow the applican’t to produce the perfect CV. With some assistance from LiveCareer, every applican’t can make the CV that will land them interviews left and right, and, ultimately, the job they want.