4 tips on how to customise your CV


Applying for jobs online can be a stressful process. It takes a while just to fill out those pesky applications, so the last thing anyone wants to do is to customize their CV for every job they apply for.

But it does not have to be difficult. What if you could increase your chances of landing an interview by spending only five extra minutes per application?

The trick is to customize your CV to suit the job you’re applying for. By doing this, not only will you indicate to your potential employer that you are invested and interested, but it will also increase the chances of landing interviews and getting hired faster.

Here’s some useful information on how to do so.

1. Include the target job title at the top of your CV

The desired job title should be right at the top of your CV. (Jobstore pic)

A proper CV should include the desired job title at the top. It should be right below your name and slightly above your summary section.

This section should only take about 30 seconds to edit for each job that you apply for. If the job you are applying for is ‘Senior Financial Services Manager’ then the top of your CV should say ‘Senior Financial Services Manager’.

In most cases, you can use the exact job title word for word on your CV. This section is not meant to be your current job title. It is meant to be your aspiring job title.

2. Customise the key skills and areas of expertise section

Spend a little time adding keywords to the ‘Skills’ section. (Rawpixel pic)

Every CV should have a section that highlights some of your key skills for the job. Usually, this section goes right below the professional summary and right above the work experience section.

Your CV skills are a perfect section to customize based on the job description. This will take a little longer than customizing the target job title but should not take more than three minutes.

Read the desired job description thoroughly. If you notice any common words being used throughout, include these words on your CV. If they are mentioned in the job description, you can assume they are important.

For example, if the job description says “looking for someone who has experience in Salesforce” then you will want to make sure you have the word ‘Salesforce’ in your CV.

3. Google keywords for job description and skills

Sometimes you will find a job posting online and the job description is very brief. If you cannot find any useful keywords in the job description, do a quick Google search on the most common skills for the job you are applying for.

If you are applying for a leadership position, you can Google ‘Leadership Skills for CV’. If you are applying for a sales manager position, you can Google ‘Sales Manager Skills for CV’.

4. Work with a professional CV writing service

Don’t hesitate to reach out to professionals. (Pinterest pic)

At the end of the day, you could spend hours customizing your CV and still not get results. The reason CV customization should only take about five minutes is that the original CV you are working from should be 99% complete.

If you feel that your original CV is part of the problem, either rewrite it yourself or work with a professional CV writer. There are dozens of great CV writing services. Find one that you trust, with excellent reviews, and résumé customization will be a simple and effective task.

This article first appeared in jobstore.com

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