How often do you think people see a job title and think, yea I can do that and they submit their CV, without so much as glancing at the job description. Well this happens much more often than you would probably think. I know I was surprised too. It may be a case that the applicant is so desperate for a job that they are quite literally applying for everything they think they could do. For others, it may be a situation that they have all the correct qualifications but they aren’t being displayed efficiently on their CV for the employer.
As they say, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. The CV is that first communication between the applicant and the employer. It is a relevant and good CV that gets the interview and repeat interview. So how can you go about ensuring that your CV matches the job you’re applying for? It is important to take the time to decide what career path you want to go down. Whether it is science – laboratory, R&D, scientific writer etc.; labour – construction, transport, trades; business – financial, marketing, consulting, etc. The list of opportunities is endless but applicants need to make a decision. There is nothing stopping an applicant from having numerous different tailored CVs. It is just important to remember, in order to give yourself the best chance at getting that interview, the submitted CV should be designed for the job.
When a job opportunity comes about that catches your interest, take the time to read through the job description. In my professional opinion, if you feel you meet 75% of what they are looking for then consider submitting your CV. Review your CV prior to submission though. You want to display the elements of your education and previous employment that make you most suitable for the position. Employers will be reading through numerous CV so keep information short and sweet. Bullet points can be a useful way of doing this. Include titles of publications you have had or project you were involved in. By including a title without an entire description you may spark the employer’s interest to want to know more. This would be an additional talking point should an interview be arranged. Finally, restrict your CV to no more than two pages. Any more than two and you can be almost guaranteed the employer won’t look at it.
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