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Writing the Perfect CV. 3 Things Employers Are Looking For

Posted by | August 13, 2015 | Graduate Article

Source: Workopolis

When it comes to the job application process and CVs, it comes down to the fact that CVs are boring to read, and hiring managers are busy. This means, they will be looking for specific information that boils down to three things, which shouldn’t come as a mystery to you.

Here’s what employers want to see in your resume;

1. That you care about the job you’re actually applying for
The first thing an employer is going to notice is if your CV is relevant to the job that they are hiring for. Do you live close enough to the job to reasonably commute to it? Does your title closely match the job you’re applying to? Make sure that you have tailored the way you describe your experience and accomplishments to demonstrate how they can benefit the job you’re applying for. Employers don’t want to guess how your credentials apply to their role. Make it clear.

Employers don’t want to do the math for you, so if you are in Mombasa and the job is in Kisumu or vice versa, let the employer know whether you are making plans to move. This could be through an accompanying cover letter or in the email body.

2. That you have the qualifications to do the job
Employers often complain that the majority of CVs they receive for their jobs are from candidates who simply aren’t qualified to do the job. Too many people think that they can increase their chances of being hired by applying to more jobs. It doesn’t work like that.

You increase your chances of being hired by sending out relevant, tailored CVs specifically to jobs that you are qualified for and would actually like to do. You don’t need to meet 100% of the requirements that job postings ask for, instead, make sure that you have at least 75% of the qualifications asked for. Lay them out in easy-to-read sentences and bullet points, and highlight your past accomplishments to show how you’re a stand-out candidate who can excel at the job.

3. That you have common sense
If you are sending in a CV to highlight your qualifications for a job, and that resume it is full of typos or grammatical errors, what does that say about your work ethic or attention to detail?

Don’t make employers have to work hard to find what they’re looking for. Format your CV so that it’s in the same font and is in a pleasing and easy-to-read layout. Only include information that is relevant to the job you’re applying for.

It doesn’t matter if your CV is one page or two – so long as what is there is compelling and helps build the case for your candidacy.

Also consider the following tips for your CV;

  • Don’t make demands about what you want from an employer in an objective statement off the top, summarize your key qualifications instead.
  • Don’t list your strange hobbies or interests.
  • Don’t have a funny email address – to be safe, let the email you use have your name
  • Do include an email address and phone number that you check regularly. It could be the reason you were not called after the interview.

In following these three tips, show the employer that you want the job, you can do the job, and that you’re sharp and motivated enough to pay attention to detail.