It is hard to believe that in just under a fortnight we will be saying goodbye to 2012 and welcoming in another new year. For many of us it is a time when we take stock of where we are in our lives and pledge to make a series of changes. Losing weight, finding love and looking for a new job are among the most popular New Year’s resolutions. However, a recent poll has revealed that the majority of us will have broken these within a month or less!
Here at VMA Group we may be unable to assist you in shedding the pounds or meeting your future spouse – at least not intentionally – but we are able to help you position yourself in the strongest possible light to a future employer. At a time when image is everything it is amazing how little time and thought some candidates give to the presentation and content of their CVs. So if finding a new job is a serious resolution for 2013, then the following CV tips should help to get you started on the right foot.
- Keep to the point: A CV should typically be no more than two pages. It is estimated that employers spend 8 seconds, on average, looking at each CV. Highlight the most pertinent achievements and areas of experience to the role that you are applying for.
- Made to measure: We’ve all done it – firing off the same CV to multiple employers and agencies and hoping that they see the one small detail that they’re looking for. But ask yourself honestly, how has that worked for you in the past? Research the role, research the company and tailor your approach.
- Do the maths: If you are uncomfortable about ‘selling’ yourself, let the numbers do the talking. Quantify your achievements to make sure that employers know how valuable you could be to their organisation. How much did productivity improve under your watch? What was your impact on the bottom line? These are the figures that make you stand out.
- Where’s the proof? In such a competitive job market it has never been more important to double check your spelling and grammar. Don’t let an unavoidable error be the reason that you miss out on an interview. Always have a friend proof read your updated CV before sending it out.
- When all else fails, tell the truth: Is it true that everyone lies on their CV? Of course not. It may be tempting to exaggerate your skills and experience on paper but having these subsequently unravel at interview stage or reference stage is simply not worth it. It is preferable in the long run to highlight your actual experience in the most favourable light.
To discuss your next step and ensure that you are positioning yourself correctly for your New Year’s career move, contact us today and make sure that this is the one resolution you do manage to keep!
John Harte has recently joined VMA Group to spearhead the Marketing Communications recruitment offering, having spent the last ten years working in PR, television production and recruitment for the likes of BBC, Endemol and Marketiers4DC.