In a fast paced and constantly evolving industry such as IT, it's never been more important to keep your skillset up to date and prove to recruiters your hunger for new opportunities. But we're not talking solely about seminars and training courses.
Starting a new job search can be a daunting prospect, especially if you’ve been in your current role for a while.
Waiting for a response to a job application can be a soul destroying experience. Even more so when you've applied for multiple roles but still your inbox stays resolutely empty. If that’s happened to you then you should take a closer look at the common element, your CV – especially if you know that you’re well qualified for the position.
Wanting a new job is one thing. Landing the right one is quite another. This is especially true if you work in competitive market. Even in a buoyant jobs market, there are always plenty of well-qualified professionals who can fill a vacancy, so how do you make sure that you get the one you want?
The jobs market has changed considerably over recent years. With increased competition for many job vacancies it’s essential that your CV shows you at your best and, more importantly, makes an immediate impact.
When you come to write or edit your CV it’s important to work out what approach suits you rather than following and abiding by every piece of advice out there.
Everyone’s CV credentials differ, so why stick to a traditional chronological CV, when perhaps a skills-based approach would suit you better? There are many reasons why this approach, rather than a traditional chronological CV, could be for you.
Recruitment is all about selling. Whether you’re a recruiter, a candidate or an employer it’s all about marketing yourself as strongly as possible in order to seal the deal. Candidates need to sell themselves to recruiters, recruiters want candidates they can sell to employers and, to secure the best candidates, employers will also need to sell themselves as the right fit.
A chronological CV, that lists your employment and educational history in date order, is an excellent way of showing your career progression and highlighting how you’ve grown in your roles, what you’ve learnt and what you’ve done.
In a crowded and competitive jobs market setting yourself apart from other applicants and getting noticed is becoming all the more important.
Recruitment agents and potential employers receive scores of applications for every job they advertise, so it’s essential your CV makes you stand out. Ensuring your CV says all it needs to without going overboard on the details is a tricky balancing act, but get it right and you’ll create an excellent first impression that could really take you places.
Most job adverts request you send your application form, or CV and covering letter, to a designated contact who’ll be receiving scores of others. All you have to go on is the job description and person specification, while all they have to go on is the written word, which may not even make it to the printer
When was the last time you updated your CV? Weeks, months – even years - ago? If you have an out of date CV lurking in your computer files then it’s time for an update. Your CV is your opportunity to sell yourself – it is the first impression a company will have of you, and it’s vital to get it right first time.