Are you having trouble getting interviews for that next job opportunity? Do you feel that no one is interested in reading and responding to your CV/resume and cover letter? Then you should seriously consider thoroughly reviewing and rewriting your CV. Why? Well let’s look at the process from the Company’s point of view.
Why should a company select your CV/resume, interview you and possibly hire you, when they may have a few hundred candidates to choose from? What can you say that will make your CV stand out? How can you create the necessary wording in your CV/resume in order to help provide a mental picture for the reader, showing your potential capabilities? How will you be able hold the reader’s interest in order for you to get past that first critical step of being short-listed for a possible interview?
You must provide the most comprehensive picture of your capabilities in order to catch the attention of the reader. You must ensure that you have thoroughly reviewed all aspects of your job, your experiences and successes, and include these in your CV. The consequences of not doing this could result in your CV ending in the waste basket.
After rewriting your CV/resume carefully read each statement you have written about your experience and deliverable and then ask yourself the question, “So what?” If you have made your statements as dynamic and descriptive as you can, then you have a better chance to catch the attention of the reader and improved your chances of getting a job interview.
Here are a couple of the several “So what” examples contained in George Snyder’s new book ‘Mapping Your Dimensional CV’ to assist readers in improving the quality and content of their CV’s:
Deputised as team supervisor – (So what?)
– Or you could write – Deputised as team supervisor for a team of 5 staff and lead the team in successfully completing a £250,000 project in upgrading the company’s sales order entry system. This resulted in an annual company operational savings of £65,000.
Call centre team leader responsible for inbound call centre staff – (So what?)
– Or you could write – Team leader managing a call centre team of 8 staff and was responsible for a 6 month cycle of process improvements covering the analysis, creation and delivery of a new inbound call centre customer handling process. This process improved overall customer call answering efficiency by 10% and raised overall customer satisfaction ratings by 4%.
Which is more interesting and descriptive to read?
There are many, many more practical examples in this e-book and if you apply even just some of the suggestions, you will significantly increase your chances of being invited for interviews.
I particularly liked the section about how to identify your tangible achievements on your resume and how to develop your personal statement.
George has this e-book available on a special offer for only £6.08/$10 right now – I’d HIGHLY recommend it you get it before the price goes up!
You’ll thank me later:-)
Interview & Career Coach
Margaret Buj is an Interview Coach who’s helped hundreds of professionals across Europe and the US to get the jobs and promotions they really wanted. Margaret also has 9 years of experience recruiting for a variety of positions at all levels across Europe and in the US, primarily in technology and e-commerce sectors. If you want to find out how recruiters read resumes, why you are not getting hired, how to sell yourself successfully in a job interview, and how to negotiate your best salary yet, you can download her FREE “You’re HIRED!” video course.