Get the Edge with a tailored CV
When it comes to job seeking, one CV does not fit all jobs. You need a tailored CV that cuts straight to the point of why you want the job you are applying for and what you can bring to the role.
Jo Hazlitt is a CV specialist who has helped hundreds of job seekers improve their CV and prepare for interviews. “Many people will tailor their cover letter for a job application but forget about their CV.
Your cover letter will set the scene for why you want the role and what you can bring to it. When your CV also reinforces your skills and abilities in line with the role, you greatly increase your changes of progressing through the recruitment process. Don’t undersell yourself.”
If your CV is well crafted, it is then easy to tweak for each job you are applying for. If you do not have a polished CV, or you don’t have a CV at all, Jo can assist in crafting a CV which will position you for the job you want.
Each time you apply for a new position review your existing CV and tailor it to fit the role. It should cover these points:
- Short, Sharp and to the point
Cut any irrelevant information, two pages is the recommended length. Be concise. For example, include only your most recent academic qualifications.
- Read the job description carefully
The job description holds all the clues for when you tailor your CV.
From this highlight your most relevant experience first, so the recruiter/hiring manager/employer can relate you to the job.
- Use your previous experience to your advantage
Spell out your achievements and back up your statements. Jo recommends you “use examples of what you have done in the past which verifies your skills and experience.”
Do your research. Check out the company website and social media. Align yourself with their brand by demonstrating you have researched them.
Jo encourages job seekers to pick up the phone to call the company. “Have a script prepared to introduce yourself, explain why you are calling and ask a question about the business. If you can engage with the company before you send through your CV, you are more likely to be recognised when your application is received.”
- Reflect on Key words
In this age of technology, CVs are often scanned for key words within the job. The easy way to check if your CV is on track is to highlight the key words in the job description and compare these to the key words in your CV. You may need to swap/add a couple of words.
- Include references relevant to the job.
Always add references to your CV. Jo advises your referees need to be current, relevant to the job you are applying for and aware you are looking for work. Ensure the contact details for your referee are correct. “Make sure there are no barriers for a potential employer to contact your references, as their feedback and verification of your skills and as an employee is hugely advantageous to you getting the job you want.”
The role of the recruiter
Before we present your details for a job vacancy, we take the time to get to know you. This means when we partner with you for a job, we tailor our presentation based on your skills, abilities and attributes relevant for the position. We can provide the next layer of detail to promote you to a potential employer.
We love updated CV’s
If you have updated your CV or developed a tailored CV for a specific role or industry let us know! We will update our current version, or if you are not already registered with us for work, do so today! If you need assistance to tailor your CV get in touch with Jo at CV Edge.