01 Sep If you are Applying for more than one Type of Job, Have More than one CV.
Looking for a employment is a sales job. It’s all about marketing your CV to potential employers, looking for opportunities, building your brand. Whether you fancy yourself as a sales rep or not- tough- now is the time to learn how to sell.
And the first thing that you have to do, is get your brochure (CV) professionally and appropriately drawn up!
If you decide that you are a secretary and would happily be a secretary, but would equally like the idea of getting into Events/ PRO or Sales Coordination position, because you have already done a bit of this, then you need to have a cv that sells you for each line of work. Similarly, you may be a draughtsman who is keen to also try mechanical engineering or technical sales.
The first page of your CV will remain the same for all the jobs you apply for. This will contain your personal information, contact details and ideally a professional photograph of you.
The second page will contain your computer skills and education. Here you will list the skills most relevant to the job you are apply for first, and in more detail than the less relevant qualifications. It’s often a matter of just switching the order around. But the person reading your CV will assign the most importance to the skills they read first and that dominates the page. For example- you are a draughtsman applying for a technical sales position as well. When you apply for the draughtsman jobs, the Dale Carnegie course is not really that relevant and would be at the bottom of the skills section, if there at all. But if you are applying for a technical sales job, putting this first, immediately gives the impression you have people skills.
The next section is the career history. Always start with the most recent job first, and put dates and duties. But the duties that are relevant to the position you are applying for, should appear first, and in more detail. A good example is that you are an Office Administrator/ General Accounts Clerk. You want to apply for a debtor’s position. You need to take your debtors duties and put them as the first duties under that place of employment. You may have just written “Debtors” as one of many points. Now you need to elaborate. What is the size of your debtor’s book and how many accounts do you handle? Do you do invoicing and statements? Do you phone for money? Do you allocate payments off the bank statement? Do you deal with debtors queries? If the first 5 points listed under duties are debtors, even though after that are a bunch of other unrelated duties, you have still made the impression that you are a debtor’s clerk!
Finally, if you don’t have a lot of skills and experience in the area that you are applying, but it is your passion and you know a lot about it through your hobbies and research, then add this in. If at all possible, include it under the career section and give examples of your work. Maybe you designed a website in your own time to market your wife’s business? Or you do your husbands bookkeeping in the evenings? Or you won a quilting competition and you want to get into the textile industry.
When I look at your CV, and you are applying for a particular position, your CV needs to give the overall impression that you are suitable for that position.
But… never lie and misrepresent yourself. You can promote and emphasise why you are suitable, but don’t ever lie. One lie will discredit your whole CV.
Finally, The Golden Rule:- “If it’s not on your CV, you never did it.”