New year, new opportunities, the start of 2019 will be a time when many people reassess their jobs and consider advancing their careers by making a strategic move to a new position. An essential part of any recruitment process is a well-written and structured CV. Here are some tips on how to write your CV to advance your career in 2019.
The first step is to ensure your CV has your most up-to-date personal details. Don’t inundate your recruiter or potential employer with irrelevant details. Just include a relevant email address and phone number as well as any links to career-related sites where you feature, like LinkedIn.
There is a lot of debate about the right length for a CV. Some employers just want a page, but if you have had a long career, one page is often not enough. Try to restrict it to two A4 pages. Most employers spend an average of just eight seconds looking at one CV, so it’s best to include your most relevant experience right at the beginning of your CV and keep things short and concise!
If you are applying for a specific job, a short personal statement can go a long way to quickly explain to the recruiter or employer why you are the best person for the position. If you don’t have a specific job in mind, keep this more general but highlight your most recent career experience and your strengths.
If you are applying for a specific position, don’t just send in a general CV. Rather tailor it, highlighting specific skills. The job advertisement is a good place to start when deciding on what strengths to focus on. Another tip is to research the company and see what their ethos and cultural approach is. Some companies are very entrepreneurial, others are very team-focused. If you have this information, you can focus on when and how you demonstrated similar approaches/behaviour.
When structuring your CV, start with your most recent position first and work back to your first job. Avoid leaving gaps in your CV as this immediately makes employers and recruiters suspicious. If you have been away from work for a while, try and put a positive spin on it – for example, were you studying, or travelling to enhance your knowledge?
At GG Recruitment we fact-check your CV and ensure that all references are correct and your background is what you say it is. The last thing you want to do is lose a great position because you stretched the truth.
Be honest, but don’t be too humble. It’s important to structure your CV and emphasise your key skills – especially those that can help you stand out from the rest of the crowd including communication skills, foreign languages (if you work internationally), computer skills and leadership experience.
It’s important to highlight any training and qualifications that relate directly to your current position and the job you are seeking. Some countries don’t require you to mention your school qualifications if you have a university degree, but in South Africa, it is important to mention that you have passed Matric/Grade 12.
Your references should be from someone who has employed you in the past or has worked closely with you and can vouch for your skills and experience. If you have never worked before, try and include a tutor as a referee or a community leader who knows you.
At GG Recruitment we are ideally positioned to ensure you make the right move in your career. Our wide database and close relationships with local and international companies ensure we are always at the forefront of the leading positions available To ensure you make the right move and progress your career, contact GG Recruitment for expert advice and the latest positions in the finance, management, specialist and executive sectors.