Keen to increase your response rate from recruiters and employers?
Everyone who’s ever embarked on a serious job hunt knows that it’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole of clicking through heaps of jobs, copying and pasting the same cover letter and attaching the same worn out CV. And though this may seem like the easy option, you’re more likely to get results and wow a recruiter if you invest the time carefully adapting the experience and skills on your CV to the job description.
Not convinced? To become a CV wizard and transform your applications into interviews, take a peek at our expert tips.
Read The Job Description Thoroughly
Whip out your highlighters and get to work. Split up the description into qualifications, skills and experience and make sure to research the company if you can. This will give you a specific idea of the company culture and nature of the role, that way you can re-vamp your CV, matching your experience to what they’re looking for.
Make Sure Your Personal Profile Is Relevant
Recruiters scan through hundreds of CV’s every week, so ensuring that relevant information stands out is crucial to being shortlisted. After looking at the job description and highlighting the points that seem important, match the requirements to your own experience and make sure this information is at the top, that way a recruiter will be immediately impressed that you match profile they’re looking for.
Sure, this seems like a no-brainer, but if you’re applying for a role as a Project Manager but you have experience in other areas of business, make sure that your project management roles and experience are the ones that dominate the CV from the get-go.
Create A Qualification Summary
Be specific, concise and relevant with your listing of qualifications. Detailing credentials or qualifications that you’ve gained at a specific role or elsewhere that match the requirements of the role will prove that you’re the perfect candidate.
Highlight Soft And Transferable Skills
Remember soft and transferable skills that relate to the job in question are important to include since they’ll showcase the diversity of your experience and paint a well-rounded picture of your professional history. So if you’re applying for a sales role but you also have experience in marketing and communications, detail how those skills will help you think outside the box and enhance your success when navigating the job.
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