Updated: Mar 12
(To view our official video on how to write a good CV, click here: https://youtu.be/eK33zMZ2TaA)
Never underestimate the power of language.
When one is setting out the emigration plan, as long as there is a clear timeline of steps and
stages, the majority of the tasks on hand are pretty much all under control. When it comes to
finding a job, the story, unfortunately is different, because it’s no longer a one way traffic.
A lot of you in management positions must have seen numerous CV’s submitted passing your hands. It’s plain to see why researches have shown that each would have effective shelf life counted in seconds. So the question is, how to impress, and force the hand of the manager to put yours in the shortlist.
Better be neat and concise, yet not to be overly bling. Length? One page is better, or if you are applying for positions higher up, you may need two. No more than that. Your name, email and phone contacts on top. If your area of residence matters for the job, put it there too. To make the best use of limited space, and minimise clutter, it’s a good idea to divide your CV in columns. On the left you could put in your short profile or statement on top, of who you are and the attributes that stand out.
Next you could list out your major, industry specific skill-sets. To facilitate fast glancing and still leaves an impression, bullets points could work wonder. Another major component is education and industry specific accreditations, including those professional bodies membership, certificates and awards. Employers’ love these; in short, you passed the scrutiny by your peers. How about including interest, hobbies and voluntary community work? If relevant, yes, and to give the ambience that you are not just a working bee or work desk slave.
Your work history and experience on the right column is going to take up lots of precious space. Don’t be too complacent in just listing things out repeatedly. Be economical and aim to hit the bull’s eye. To be impactful, focus on the highlights and major achievements. Most top brass love to see numbers and results, while the middle management hates people who keeps on bragging how good they are. The CEO’s love to see your goals and ambitions. while the department heads love to see tasks being done. You’ll get the drift; make it work for everyone of different personalities.
Whether it’s task focus or people focus, balance them.
Needless to say, list your work starting from the most recent.
How about the cover letter? Imagine the whole set is a fighter plane, the CV listing all the weapons under the wings, the cover letter is the guided missile. Be very specific, pinpointing your skill sets and experience that fits the company and the post that you are applying. So every cover letter should be tailor made.
Like the CV, your contacts on top. The first paragraph sets the tone, boundary and intention, the post applying and things. Be short and warm in tone, but not silly; you are applying but not begging.
The next section aims to tell your employer you have the skill sets that fit their requirement. Dissect the recruitment ad, and fill in the blanks with your proven expertise. With evidence in support, everything should feel like lock and key. Unlock the treasure trove and get the jewels. Use the next section to let your employer knows how deeply you have researched the company, how clearly you know the strength it has, and how much you can help to keep the ship going forward.
Wrap everything up in the last section. It’s time to let your employer know after all the hard work done in crafting the two pieces, you are all ready. It’s call to action, reminding your employer to have it done and to pick up the phone to arrange for an interview.
It could be easy, when you take your time and craft it well.