Applying for jobs can be anxiety-driven - suddenly, all your self-doubts and confidence rise up, and thinking of one marketable skill seems impossible. The worst is when you start the comparison games: Amy was so smart to do this degree, Alex is so lucky to have done this internship…
Girl, you are unique, talented and skilled. Amy and Alex have nothing more than you. You have your own journey, experience and abilities that will make you stand out from the rest of the application. Today, we are helping you to do just that: turn your CV into an authentic and remarkable ticket to get you an interview.
Stick to one page
One of the classic mistakes in building a CV is the desire to show too much: your work experience, skills, education, awards, hobbies, favourite travel destinations… Your potential employers really do not need to know all this and honestly don’t have the time to read your entire CV in-depth.
Stick it to one page, including headers, bold, colours, and writing, all of that will make your most marketable skills stand out. Yes that means you can’t put all your fantastic work experience and skills in it. Your CV aims to spark interest in your profile and set a meeting where you talk about all your experiences and your favourite trips.
Keep it short and sweet
Sticking to the essential information is one thing, but your wording will also play a big role in making your CV different. Your word-choice will keep your CV short and help your potential employers to get a good grasp of who you are. So you want to make their life easy.
Write short sentences.
Use action words.
Avoid the passive voice.
Be smart with your choice of adjectives and adverbs: sell yourself but don't use too many superlatives. Finally, limit your use of “good” “great” “fun,” and take advantage of Thesaurus.
Speaking of wording, get your CV checked. Given the numbers of free spelling services, you have no excuse. Your CV should be spotless: grammar, tenses, slangs should not appear.
Even if you were never a fan of the English language, a CV with mistakes says a lot about your work ethics and professionalism. You want to leave a good impression from a potential employer. A spotless CV suggests that you are a detailed-oriented and thorough person, an impression you want to give.
Visually appealing presentation
Let’s say you receive +500 black and white CVs, how to distinguish those who stand out?
One easy way for you to “be different” from other applicants is by adding colour, fonts, graphics, basically styling your CV. If you are not the creative type, ask a graphist-friend or search for one of the thousand templates published on the Internet. Canva, inDesign, or even Words have ready-to-use templates. All you need is to fill in your info.
If you want to surf on the digital wave, you could also make your CV online using web-platforms like Wix, SquareSpace or ReadyMag. They are user-friendly plaforms and run with great interactive templates. If you are in a run for a job that requires a portfolio submission, and having a website looks always better.
Action + goal
Action + skill developed
Action + result
This applies to the section about work experience. Instead of just listing your previous jobs, add a couple of bullet points to explain what you did and learned / achieved from this task. For instance, your ad campaign managed to drive the sales by +70% or your engagement in the company reinforced the team collaboration.
Hard and soft skills are equally valuable.
Tailor your CV to a specific industry
This might seem obvious but so many aren’t doing it: your CV will target one kind of job. Applying for a copywriting position doesn’t require the same skills as a digital marketing job. You may have the skills for both positions, but your CV won’t target the same skills.
As a copywriter, you will need to showcase your writing experience, including a portfolio of your copies. For the digital marketing position, your experience managing successful marketing campaigns and working with other people should be highlighted.
These are basic differences to show you that two jobs from the same industry won’t require the same qualifications, therefore you should have a CV for each position.
Proof-read by other people
Having a second opinion is always good. From your own perspective, your CV might look fabulous, your spelling is spotless and your wording is specific enough, however an outsider might read it differently. Remember, your CV will be read by a stranger who hasn’t met you. So if your best friend doesn’t understand what you learned from this job, so won’t a potential employer.
Show it to a trusted person, and someone that doesn’t know you that well, so you get two different opinions.
Remember, seeking a new job is exciting! You are about to start a new chapter of your life, learn new skills, and meet new people.
Stay authentic, truthful and build a connection with your potential teammate. Many applicants have similar skills, but what makes them unique is their personality. Personalise your CV, highlight your successes, get yourself that interview.
If you want an impartial opinion or you have any questions about CV-writing, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Feya team is always happy to support ambitious individuals