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5 CV and Job Application Tips

5 CV and Job Application Tips. Today’s world has become very competitive especially in the workplace. A lot of companies both big and small are shutting down. Which make things very difficult for those who have been unemployed and have little experience, as people have been previously employed with many experiences and training are more likely to find employment quicker. This is why it has become very important to create a CV that makes an outstanding job application. I am not going to lie to you this is very hard work. This is why in today’s post, I am going to share my top 5 CV and Applications tips.

CV and Applications Tips: Keep It Real

A CV should be 2 pages max. This is because employers spend an average just 8 seconds looking at one CV and do not want to read your life story as there is a pile of Cvs to go through. Keep it punchy and straight to the point. If the company uses Application forms, the boxes indicate how much information is needed for each section. Do not try to squeeze in any more information unless there is another box for more information.

Tell The Truth

I know everyone wants to have the perfect CV/Applications. So sometimes we intend to put a little white lie on the Application. Now there is nothing wrong with a little white lie, however, there will be a problem when the employer checks your background and references. You may also be caught at the interview stage as that’s when the employer will refer back to the Application and ask you some questions based form the information on the Application.

Include A Personal Statement

This is a very important section you must add in a CV/ Application. What it does is it explains to the employer why you are the best person for the job. Keep it short and point-blank sweet in a few sentences. Telling the employer what you want to know about you and be really positive about yourself.

Tailor It

Sending the same CV to different employers will not help. Instead, take the time to change, add and twist things around even if it’s for the same role. Do this by researching the company and use the job advert to work out exactly what skills you should point to the employers.

Proof Read Your Work

Believe it or not, employers will look out for silly mistakes on your CV/Applications. Whether it is a spelling mistake, a missing full stop or even a capitalisation. This will make you look bad. Be sure to double-check your application, give it to someone else to have a look even. Look out for things like spelling, grammar and your use of language.

CV and Application Tips: Be A Social Butterfly (Bonus)

Be aware that many employers might look at your social media profiles and get the wrong impression of you. Make sure your profile picture shows you at your best and if you want to keep your social media and work life separate, keep your settings private.

 

 

12 Comments

  • Alexandra

    This was very good and straight to the point. It’s funny, though, but I really don’t know what CV even stands for. I’m just assuming it’s the same as a resume. Thanks!

  • The Sunny Side Lifestyle Co.

    Good tips for a resume; especially Tailor It and Proof Read Your Work. Employers want to know that you are interested in that specific job so making it specific to that role will help you to stand out. Proof reading your work is imperative for all correspondence! Personally, if I come across a misspelling or misuse of a word I tend to move on and disregard whatever it is I am reading.

  • Julia

    Hi Sonia,

    I haven’t been looking for a job for over 10 years… I’ve been working from home lately running my own online business.

    It sounds like things have changed, and yet they are pretty much the same as they used to be. ūüôā I don’t know the difference between a Professional Resume and CV, but the resume would fall under the same rule: 1-2 pages, proof-read because a professional resume should look… well, professional – no misspells; good language style and grammar.

    The personal statement would normally go separately in a Cover Letter, and the resume would stay unchanged if a person applies for similar positions. This sounds like the only difference I found that sets CV apart from our old-style resume. Is that so?

    Thank you for giving these 5 CV and job application tips: they are very important to know for those who are at the beginning of their career and haven’t gotten much experience in going through the job-hunting process. Good point on telling the truth! Lies are easily detectable during the interview – I know, I’ve been interviewing new hires myself. I can only add that the truth should be presented in a candidate’s favor leaving any previous negative experience aside.

    Great post and helpful advice!

    All the best,

    ~ Julia

  • Luna S

    Telling the truth is a huge one! A lot of people like to over exaggerate or lie about job experiences which can get them in a lot of trouble later on.

  • Gina (Love, Auntie)

    I like that you keep everything simple and straightforward! Great article. I can’t agree with you more about the personal statement. It really helps make the connection for the employer as to why you should get the job. I always work hard to make that part of my letter pop. Thanks!

  • Smita

    Great tips! I remember spending days on my CV during my B-school days and still not being satisfied! Haven’t had to remake my CV since then but when I do have to I’ll check back on your tips. Thanks!

  • Erica (The Prepping Wife)

    I’ve known employers who have a stack of resumes on their desk, and will automatically go through and toss the ones that are (1) more than one page (2) missing a cover letter or (3) have spelling errors. Just because there are so many applicants these days. They start with the stupid/obvious mistakes and slim down the pile from there. Those basic things really can make a difference, just as you talked about. It really does seem silly. But when there is 1 position open and 250 applicants, an employer has to start somewhere. When applying for jobs, it is so imperative to stand out, which can be difficult for the same reasons. You’ve given some great tips here and they are spot on.

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