10 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR CV
Updated: Aug 28, 2019
Nowadays, in this competitive environment, it’s very hard to excel and stand out of the crowd from a huge mass job hunters. Whether you are a student, graduate or with/without professional experience, the job search process starts from designing a CV. It defines your image in front of recruiters, has to be original, professional and represent YOU in the most eye-catching way.
The resume is the first thing your future employer will see, sell yourself and try to be remembered from the first shot. To bring you a few steps closer to your dream job, take a look at out TOP 10 ways to improve your CV application.
1. JOIN CERTAIN GROUPS & ASSOCIATIONS
If you’re a student, your school probably provides some social associations, clubs or groups that you can join. For example: school magazine club, international groups or student unions.
Take advantage of it and join those groups, it will give you extra experience that will help your CV stand out and expand your network. Show employers that during your busy study life you took action, improved your skills, stayed curious and proactive in various extracurricular activities.
2. ENGAGE IN VOLUNTEER WORK
Personal involvement is a huge recruiting factor at a global scale. Volunteering is a well-known, valuable and satisfying experience that can be used as a great highlight to improve your CV. Try to search for various volunteer organizations in your town, take action and go for it. Broaden your knowledge regarding various industries, express the care about others and willingness to help communities/those in need.
3. LEARN NEW SKILL
Make a research about your future dream job and identify the skills you will need to improve in order to succeed. There are so many websites that provide free courses or for an affordable price.
Of course, you can also try improve your skills independently, for some free guidance use YouTube and tutorials. Learn a new language, master adobe package or learn how to manage basic IT tasks (if you are a student you can use your student card to get discounts).
4. FIND AN INTERNSHIP OR PART-TIME JOB
If you are a student or freshly graduate it can be pretty hard to find your dream job immediately. As you probably already know, companies fish experience. A good way to build up your experience levels is to find an internship in your field of study.
If you are struggling to find an internship, apply for part-time jobs. List those in your CV together with the appropriate skills you’ve learned and experience you gained. It will show your future employer that you are motivated, dedicated, ready to improve and not scared of challenges.
Never underestimate the power of showing dedication during your internships or part-time jobs, you never know if the current position turns out as a permanent job.
5. LINK YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA
Yes, we mean it. Social media platforms have a huge impact on today’s business world, use them for your advantage. You can link your social media profile in your CV (make sure it looks professional and appealing). The most important social media platform used by recruiters is LinkedIn.
However, you can link your Instagram or Facebook account to your resume if you apply for a more creative job.
6. MENTION YOUR EDUCATION
Work experience is important, but so does your education as most commonly it stands at the base of your professional background. Mention the field of study and some relevant courses. If you’re proud of your grades and some results, mention them too!
7. ADD LIFE EXPERIENCE
Not only professional experience but also life experience can be very valuable for employers. Are you organised and have excellent planning skills? Write it down. Do you follow a financial plan and are good in budgeting? Write it down. Your daily habits can prove you are a good fit for the company and for the position.
8. BE SPECIFIC
When writing about your professional or educational achievements be as specific as possible. Use numbers and supporting figures to visualize them. Even though you should be specific, don’t go into many details. The CV should be simple and to the point; use plain English and keywords to highlight your skills.
9. EDIT YOUR CV
This is very important: do check your resume for grammar and spelling mistakes. Make it easy to read, check the coherence, and tailor your CV according to the job you are applying for. Make it interesting, play with designs and fonts but do not exaggerate; it still has to be professional. Stick to black color for your font and use bullet points rather than blocks of text; nobody wants to read long paragraphs about your part-time job 10 years ago. Make it simple and clean. Remember not to write more than 2 pages.
10. ASK FOR FEEDBACK
Ask your friends, partner, teacher or coworker to review your CV and give you feedback. An objective point of view is a valuable perspective so, don’t hesitate to ask. Your CV can be in continuous changing towards your goals. Your CV is basically the first impression of yourself in front of your future boss, so make it relevant. Do not rush the process, take a break and time to build your amazing CV and then ask for feedback.
We hope that these tips will improve your job application and will result into obtaining your dream job!
Team Day Worker Anna M.
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