Improving Workplace Productivity
Your CV could be the ticket to landing that dream job you've been hoping for, but not if you're missing some of the essential information potential employers are looking for. Thankfully, with just a few small updates you can significantly improve your competitive advantage and increase your chances of being found by the right employer. We recently asked some employers to rank the most important information they'd like to see in candidates' CV. Here's what they said:
The most important information for you to include in your CV is your current position. This helps prospective employers understand what stage of your career you're at. If you're looking for a new role in the same industry, the chances are a prospective employer will be familiar with your current employer and might even have an idea of what your role entails. This can give you a significant advantage over candidates working in other sectors.
Employers want to know if you've got what it takes to fill a potential job opening they have in mind. In this section of your CV, think as broadly as possible. Use the Skills and Education sections to talk about everything from your technical skills like Excel or Photoshop through to the less tangible transferable skills like leadership and problem-solving. It's important to include skills and qualifications that are personal to you so that when you get approached by a potential employer, it's for a job that's right for you.
Potential employers would like to see what you have done and what you are able to do. These must all be stated on your CV. Make sure that all your duties are stated on your CV, make it as comprehensive as possible in bullet point form or point by point. Avoid writing your CV as if you are writing a composition or a story. Remember your CV is your first point of contact with the potential employer, so make it impressive and let it sale you to the employer at first contact and before they see/speak to you. Most candidates always say if I add everything my CV will be too long, our advise is keep two sets of CVs the comprehensive one and the summarised/short version, if the employer does not state what form of CV they require I suggest you sent them the comprehensive one if they do state then you send the short version. On the recruitment portals you post you CV post the comprehensive one.
Ensure all the dates are correct on your CV month started and year and month ended and year for all positions held. Ensure your positions are listed in order of current position/last held position at the top and the very first position held in your career should be at the bottom. Add reasons for leaving each position
There's no point taking the time to update your CV or profile on recruitment portals such as PNet, Careers 24, etc. if employers can't see it. Once you've set up your profile and taken the time to edit it, make sure your Profile Visibility is set to Visible. This setting allows employers to view your profile and CV and allows them to contact you with job opportunities. Even if you are currently not looking for a new role, you should always keep your CV/profile up to date. Make a note in your calendar to routinely check it and update it will any new information. This will save you a lot of time and stress when you do become available and seeking for a new job – you'll be ready to go! The other benefit of keeping your CV/profile up to date is that you might be approached by employers with job opportunities that haven't been advertised yet. Who knows, someone might just come along with the job you've been dreaming of. So, go on, what are you waiting for? Update your CV/Profile today.