4 Ways to Embellish a Weak CV
When you apply for a job, your first impression to a hiring manager is typically your CV. Being able to sell yourself in writing is essential to moving forward in the job application process and securing an interview. So, what steps should you take to ensure your CV reads as strongly as possible? Read on to find out.
Transforming career gaps into strengths
For periods under 6 or 8 months, gaps can easily be masked by only including the start and end years of your positions. For longer periods of unemployment, consider how you spent your time during those gaps. Did you volunteer for a non-profit organization? Did you travel and learn about different cultures? Did you take classes or earn certifications to improve your skills? Highlight these experiences on your CV and show how they have helped you develop new skills and become a more well-rounded candidate.
Including short job experiences
If you have many shorter job experiences, be sure to include positive references for these jobs to avoid a hiring manager’s assumption that you are a problematic employee. It is perfectly normal that you might be exploring different positions and industries. In fact, even brief experiences can demonstrate your talents. Highlight the responsibilities you had and the skills you developed in those roles. You may find that a brief job experience was just what you needed to demonstrate your potential.
Addressing a lack of education
In the event you did not complete post-secondary education, and instead worked, begin your CV with work experiences instead of education. The way in which you order your CV will have a big impact on the way it is received. Always remember to place the most significant information at the top of the page.
If you are looking to beef up the education category of your CV, consider taking online courses or earning certifications in your field. Highlight these accomplishments on your CV and explain how they have helped you develop the skills needed for the job you are applying for.
Bolstering a stagnant career
If you have been in the same job or industry for a long time, your CV may lack the diversity of experience that employers are looking for. However, you can still demonstrate your growth and development over time. Highlight any promotions, awards, or recognitions you have received during your career. Show how you have taken on new responsibilities and challenges to continue growing professionally.
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