Tailor your CV

How Do I Tailor my CV

Creating a successful CV is easy once you know-how. In most simple terms it is a case of taking your experience and skills and matching them to the criteria of the job you’re applying for.

Read the job description and highlight the essential skills and abilities required for the job – match these to your existing skills, there may be some areas where you don’t feel that your experience matches the criteria. Fill in the gaps by adapting the skills you do have. It will demonstrate the skills you do have and show how they’re transferable to the role.

Make the most of skills

Under the skills section of your CV don’t forget to mention key skills that can help you to stand out from the crowd.

These may include: communication skills; computer skills; team working; time-management; problem-solving or even speaking another language.

Skills don’t have to come from a job, you can take examples from being in a local sports club or being a volunteer, it’s all relevant.

Make the most of interests

Under interests, highlight things that show skills you’ve gained and that employers look for. Describe any examples of positions of responsibility or anything that shows you can use your own initiative.

Include anything that shows how varied, interested and skilled you are.

Don’t include interests like watching TV, walking or reading these can be perceived as you lacking in people skills. Make yourself sound interesting.

Make the most of your experience

Use assertive language under the work history and experience sections, such as developed, organised and achieved. Relate the skills you have learned to the job role you’re applying for.

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