Your CV is your ticket to selling your uniqueness.
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DUBAI – At the speed of a digital world of today, we still need to send a Curriculum Vitae or CV, which should be different from the one you had a while ago. That’s how quickly CVs have upgraded. If yours isn’t up-to-date, then it’s time to give it a facelift.
Think of your CV as a recruiter’s window to your professional life, expertise, experiences and achievements. It is your ticket to selling your uniqueness!
From among hundreds of CVs received by recruiters on a daily basis, how do you make yours stand out? You need to find a way to be different and be noticed within 6 seconds by the recruiters. Make your best first impression in less than 3 seconds.
Here are our 5 best tips to creating a CV that sells:
Your CV needs to clearly show the following details:
a. Personal details such as name, date of birth, nationality and location
b. Where to contact you easily: professional email with a URL link and mobile number
c. A recent corporate or passport picture
d. Your best work experiences and achievements
e. Your actual job title and the title of the job you are applying for
First of all, aim to create a a clear, concise and easy-to-read CV. Ideally it should be not more than two pages long.
Depending on the kind of job you are looking for, your CV has to reflect the skills required for the job. This means that if you are a web designer then your CV needs to be very creative to show your skills. On the other hand, if you are in the corporate or finance world, then a simple black and white CV is enough.
The usual font should be Arial or Georgia, above 11 points, with space between paragraphs for easy reading. Avoid borders and background photos.
Make sure to follow the right grammar and check for errors meticulously before you send out your CV. At least 59 percent of the recruiters put aside CVs with errors.
Your CV has to include your best achievements in your actual or previous jobs. Do not hesitate to indicate how you contributed to the success of the company. For instance if you are a sales person, indicate the percentage or sales figures you triggered. If you are an IT professional, highlight how you helped install or develop a unique system and how that improved efficiency in the workplace. By adding numbers, you show that you are an expert in your field.
Always indicate that you have references from your previous jobs and simply indicate they are available upon request. When needed you will be able to provide them.
Your CV needs to be sent out with an accompanying cover letter. If recruiters appreciate your cover letter, they will want to know more about you and start to read your attached CV for more details. View a sample here
Here are the 4 paragraphs that should be in your cover letter :
– the reason why you contacted this company
– who you are and a brief summary of your relevant experiences and skills
– what you have to offer and why you are the best person suited for this position
– your availabilities
Finally, if writing a CV still looks like a feat for you, then do not hesitate to contact a professional for help. Here’s what one company created for Marissa Mayer of Yahoo!
Remember that while you want your CV to be concise, you also need to make it impressive as you are selling your uniqueness!
Soumicha Tinakicht is the owner of Dubai-based Tinakicht Group, which specialises in Business Tourism, MICE and corporate event management for the GCC Region & Europe. Soumicha Tinakicht is also a public speaker and a writer, with 19 years of experience working for the biggest organizations and companies in the EMEA region before becoming a female entrepreneur.
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