For most accountants and professionals the first step in the process of recruiting to a role is to invite candidates to submit a CV.
If your CV does its job you get invite for interview. If not you probably never hear from the organisation.
So what are 5 tips to make your CV stand out?
Tip 1: Think before you write
When it comes to writing or updating your CV, the temptation is to open up Microsoft Word and start typing. This might seem like the right thing to do. In reality it’s not.
Your CV is your personal marketing document. Before you can create a good CV you need to understand you so that you can showcase or present you in the best possible way.
Tip 2: Do a survey
By this I mean ask others for their insights. Find out what people really value about you in the workplace. Find out what skills they see you having. Find out what it is that they see as your best attributes.
Tip 3: Identify your achievements
If there was one thing that is missing from the majority of CV’s its achievements. So often people load their CV with a list of tasks they have done. While important, they are not going to get the attention and interest of those recruiting as details of your achievements.
Tip 4: Create a strong professional profile
Recruiters are looking at thousands of CV’s. They spend very little time reviewing the document and more than likely will just scan it.
A strong professional profile will tell them about you, your experience, your skills and attributes fast.
Tip 5: Keep it up to date
People forget about successes quickly. Even if you are not in the job market now, make a point of keeping your CV up to date, especially with your key achievements.
Duncan Brodie helps accountants and professionals to achieve more career success. He invites you to sign up for his free report 50 Ways To Achieve More Career Success
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.