5 REASONS YOUR CV COULD BE LETTING YOU DOWNPosted: 7th Jan 2016 by CORPORATE HEADSHOT MIAMI
I receive hundreds of CV's a month, and over 90% of them end up in my trash.
Jobs are available, no employee is going to turn down a star CV. If you're not having much success with your CV, take note of the following information.
For the purpose of this blog I am going to use the example of a sales position opening at DG CORPORATE.
1. NO PHOTO. You may have read that it's not necessary to have your photo on your CV or Linkedin due to an increased likelihood of discrimination. Ignore this nonsense, if discrimination is going to happen, it's going to happen regardless, and who wants to work for idiots anyway? A professional photograph is going to inspire people to connect with you, this will increase your chances of success and compliment your CV and covering letter. For inspiration on what your headshot should look like, follow this link: www.dg-corporate.co.uk
2. CREATE AN EYE-CATCHING COVERING LETTER. Place your professional headshot on the top left hand corner of your covering letter, towards the right side, type out your name followed by your mobile number, e-mail address and a link to your Linkedin address, for example: www.linkedin.com/in/dorengabriel
3. START OFF WITH A STRIKING HEADER. Your potential employer (in this case, DG CORPORATE) is going to want to read exactly what you can offer them, keep this short, for example, if you are applying for a sales job, write something like, 'I HAVE ACQUIRED EXCEPTIONAL SALES SKILLS TO HELP DG CORPORATE GENERATE MORE REVENUE WITHIN THE CORPORATE BUSINESS WORLD.'
I like reading engaging headers, if you concentrate on highlighting your skills in connection with the job advertised, then you've made a great start.
Under the header, show your potential new employer that you are available for interview and confirm where you saw the advertisement, for example: 'I AM AVAILABLE TO JOIN THE TEAM THIS MONTH AS ADVERTISED ON (place link or mention the newspaper where you saw the ad) followed by, AND SHARE MY PASSION FOR SALES AND MARKETING.
4. HIGHLIGHT YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS. Date your covering letter, followed by an intro like this, 'I have great pleasure in presenting you with my professional covering letter and CV in response to your recent advertised job - Telesales Manager.' Place a header: 'ABOUT ME' Write positively about the love you have for your career and associate only relative experience that will compliment the job advertised. Add another header: 'WHAT I HAVE TO OFFER' List 5 bullet points that compliment what the employer is looking for, for example: *Five years telesales experience. *Excellent Excel and Microsoft Word skills. *An ability to analyse data and plan ahead. *A determination and willingness to grow and develop within your company. *Reassure the team around me that I am capable of being trusted with important tasks and delivering what is expected of me, above and beyond DG CORPORATE's expectations. Add a final header: 'OTHER THINGS ABOUT ME' List five interesting things about you, for example, *I am a book junkie with my current record of 30 books read this year. *I can speak three languages. *I am currently listening to The Gaslight Anthem. *I am a non-smoker. *My favourite place to eat is The Empress in Victoria Park Village.
You don't need to be too specific about the books you've read or the languages you speak, if asked, you can elaborate more in the interview and these points will help break the ice.
5. YOUR CV. Use the same design as the top of your covering letter, see point 1. This page will require 3 headers, starting with 'SKILLS' Reflect the skills required by the employer, followed by 'EXPERIENCE' and end with 'EDUCATION'
Your CV and covering letter is going to be your only chance to impress a recruiter, do not rush this process, take your time and ask a friend to proof read your work when finished. Good luck!
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