Getting the Interview: CV Tips

Careers with Hart
with Jay Hart

If you're using the same version of your CV for each job application you submit, you are decreasing your chances of getting that interview.

It's easy to think that because your curriculum vitae (CV) is a reflection of your work history, there can only be one version of your work life. But you know by the tone of that sentence that I am shaking my head, “no” right now.

Use your CV to target each and every job you apply for. This will absolutely increase the number of interviews you're offered.

If you applied for five different jobs over the weekend, you should have five different versions of your CV saved onto your desktop. Tip: stay organised by saving the various versions of your CV using your surname, CV, job role and year of application.

In order to better target your potential employer, focus on the language they have used in their job advertisement and pick out key phrases from their website, those words that they use to represent who they are and what matters most to them. Then go through your CV with great care and change your wording so that it reflects their language.

If your CV states that you ‘achieved set goals' and the job specification says ‘met target objectives', don't be satisfied that it's the same thing. Change your CV and say ‘met target objectives'.

Employers are much more likely to pick up on their own language when reviewing your CV. When your CV is reflecting back to them what they know they're looking for, they will find themselves nodding in agreement as they read your application. They will feel confident, settled and will be more likely to short-list you for an interview.

Try this in conjunction with my covering letter tips And let me know how it goes!

Contact Jay at Careers With Hart



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