Job Hunting – a competitive exercise.
First impressions count and (in most cases) when submitting yourself for consideration in a recruitment exercise you are stepping into a very competitive contest.
While it is important to do everything you can to extend and feed your life network when job hunting, you must also ensure that the documents which represent you the most don’t let you down. Your covering letter makes the connection between you and the role you’re applying for, your CV summarizes your background and your appearance and communication style needs to show a confidence without arrogance and purpose without obsession.
A successful applicant demonstrates a strong and positive approach in their submission for an advertised job vacancy. The same result needs to be achieved when forwarding professional details to a prospective network contact ie; your best assets (skills, experience, qualifications and career achievements) must be communicated clearly, concisely and with purpose.
Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) Document
Your CV cover page – a ‘great candidate’ read in 2 Minutes’
Your resume needs to do a great deal in as little as time as possible. Scan rates for CV’s are minimal – well under 5 minutes. The task of screening many submissions for a role can be exhausting so make yours worth reading.
To help achieve this, use a CV format that enables the reader to understand the professional you easily, clearly and concisely.
Generating a clear and concise document is key.
- Always re-read what you have written before submitting the application.
- Make sure it means what you intended it to mean, otherwise re-write the text so that it does.
- Make sure that someone of limited technical knowledge in your field could understand it.
- Less is more. Ensure the key points are simply put and include measurements that are easily understood and labelled.
- Work to make sure your words convey the meaning of your contribution such as; enabled, achieved, ensured, completed, led and/or negotiated for example.
Download the BARC resume template, it contains further instructions on how to use it for best results.
Your CV should tell your story backwards from today’s professional context, a historical story about you, where you came from and how you got here.
Ensure the reader can easily understand your professional achievements as well as the duties and responsibilities of your various job roles.
Reduce vagary by using readily understood quantity conventions such as percentages and measurements to help express your accomplishments.
Make sure you proof read or better yet get someone else to proof read your CV document. This is the best way to pick up spelling errors to unwanted grammar or typographical errors etc. Warning, your computer spell checker will not be able to all possible errors.
You Cover Letter – Reasons why this job is for you and you are for their organisation.
Use your covering letter to bring out your CV’s important points which build the case for your successful employment for the role you applying for.