Searching for jobs has become more and more difficult and you find yourself needing to have that extra qualification or experience to get the job you want.
The most common advice out there is to check that your profiles online do not show anything that could ruin your chances and, more importantly to make sure your CV is relevant. But, how relevant is your CV?
What you might realise is that it may not reflect your skills but instead it just reflects your career history – which may not be as useful as you think!
If you have found a role that is perfect for you, when looking at your CV, the one question you need to ask yourself is, would you hire you? What skills does this new role require?
The skills path is the new career path, so you do need to have your career history on your CV, but this history needs to reflect the skills you have developed or brought to your current team that can be transferred to your next role. What were the main aspects of your job that you excelled at? Can this help you sell yourself to the future employer?
If your CV just has a list of previous jobs, and a description of your responsibilities, this does not help any future employer decide if they want to interview you. They want to know if these responsibilities have taught you any new skills, or if you shined in your job with the skillset you already had.
It will help and save time if you put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes. Look at your CV (which you should have changed to suit the role you are applying for) and compare it with the job description. The skills an employer is looking for should be mirrored.
If you do get to the interview stage, remember to think about how you will come across to the employer. In the employers’ position how would you want the interviewee to look and come across to you? Ask your friends and family to give you a mock interview because you have to make sure that your first impression counts!