How one question can improve your CV
Just stop for a moment and take some time for self-reflection, there’s one question you need to consider before you start writing your CV.
Yes self-reflection can make you uncomfortable, and you might squirm around in your chair, but on occasions in life, it’s necessary.
Writing a CV is one of those times. You need to stop and think about you and your career.
Because you can’t write a CV if you don’t know what you want it to do for you. And this all boils down to why you’re writing the CV, what do you hope to get out of the process?
Any time a prospective client approaches CVFriends, the first thing we ask is – what do you want this CV to do for you?
Because if they don’t know the answer to that question, then they’re not ready to buy a CV.
Is it for a next step up in your career? Then you need to tailor your CV to that next level, uplevel the language, focus on what you’ve done that could convince a recruiter you’re ready for that level.
Is it due to redundancy? What does that next role look like, are you taking the opportunity to review your circumstances? Career change, step up, step down? Whichever you choose, you need to tailor your foundation CV to prevent a soul-destroying process of a full re-write every time you see a role. You don’t want to create extra pressure on yourself at such a challenging time.
Returning after a career break? What kind of role are you returning to and at what level? You need to tailor your CV to convince a recruiter that you have what they’re looking for. Did you do any training or personal development? Did you do any volunteer work? How are you targeting your previous career to this next role?
You get the picture?
To write a CV to get you interviews, you need to know what you want it to achieve for you?
So, in short – ask yourself what do I want this CV to do for me?
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