What Do Recruiters Want to See in Your CV?—Part 2
Here is what we recruiters like to see in a CV.
Tell us what makes you the best fit for the job specifically. Go carefully through the job posting, and check out what we need from the person in the role. Now tell us how you’ve done it or what you’ve learned about it. Ensure you include the best, most relevant information on the first page of your resume.
We want to know what you’re proud of. Whether it’s your work experience, time spent on education, or participation in competitions, it’s how you approach your pursuits that sets you apart. Bring your accomplishments and attitude to light, and they’ll tell a far better story than your task list ever would.
Show us what your experience involved. When describing your experience, don’t just tell us the company name, position, and period of employment; we want to know what you were doing specifically and who you were working with (team size, where you fit in the organizational structure, etc.). Keep it succinct and relevant to the position you’re applying for.
Show us how you’ve grown. Have you advanced in your career? Good! We want to hear about the promotions, career progress, and the best of what you’ve learned along the way.
Give us a glimpse of what you can do. Give us a glimpse into your world: present your projects and accomplishments through your portfolio, relevant links, presentations, or articles. It helps us understand how you have used your skills so far.
Take us through the journey. Not all great careers have linear paths. After the most relevant career experience (which should appear on the first page), tell us what else you’ve done, even if it’s not directly related to the specific position you’re applying for.
How would your last boss talk about you? Tell us like they would. While we understand that you want to show us the best possible version of yourself, we’d rather you present your experience objectively. If we call you for an interview, we will discuss the specifics in detail, so it’s important that we have all the relevant information available beforehand. Why don’t you provide a reference letter from your last boss? This might speed up the procedure and even can help avoid a reference check.
Tell us a bit about what makes you tick. Show us what makes you smile, and mention your hobbies and passions—because things you are passionate about make you . . . well, you.
Another component of your application is often neglected: the cover letter. Don’t make this an afterthought; it is an important part of the application. Our next lesson discusses questions you should answer in your cover letter.
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