Looking for a career as opposed to a job is a whole different ball game and sometimes, we don’t realise the things that may be red flags in CV writing to potential employers are hindering our chance of finding that perfect fit.
As a recent graduate myself, I know just how frustrating it can be to get companies to notice you. In the months leading up to my graduation I had no idea what career path I wanted to pursue, all I knew was that I loved my Marketing and Management degree and that, for me, cultural fit was the most important factor. What I didn’t know was that I would find a role within Barrington James that would allow me to continue my fruitful relationship with marketing as well as provide me with a working environment that worked for me.
As a Talent Acquisition (TA) Consultant, I find myself putting all the theory I consumed in the duration of my degree into practice. Recruitment was an industry that I’d never given a second thought to before I was contacted by TA here at Barrington James, but having discussed the role and how much I could bring to the table as a new member of the team it quickly became a very attractive option. As I learned more about the role, I got more and more excited about how I could introduce the skills I’d learnt and use them to succeed in a company that felt like a cultural match made in heaven.
In my role as a TA Consultant I spend a lot of time reading CVs and LinkedIn profiles then deciding whether the person it belongs to might be in alignment with the opportunities here at Barrington James. That being the case, I wanted to share some of the things that I’ve learnt and inform some ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ of CV writing.
– Don’t let it get too long – Employers read so many CVs when hiring, seeing a CV that is 4/5 pages can mean they’ll miss the most important parts, so keep it relevant. Typically no more than 2 pages.
– Don’t leave gaps – Gaps can be a red flag for employers, it’s okay to have employment gaps, but what did you do during this time? Volunteering? Education? Skill developing courses?
– Keep it current – In addition to employers knowing the skills acquired from your current role, they need to know what your current situation is.
– Be consistent – Don’t let your key skills say that you’re “detail oriented” or “a perfectionist” and then let your CV be cluttered with spelling/grammatical errors
– Tailor for the job role – Find those buzz words! If you’re applying for a job in which you must be personable and confident, give examples!
– Sell yourself – With 2 years worth of graduates entering the job marketing this year this is more important now than ever! What sets you apart?
Finally, congratulations to everyone graduating!