- 12 Feb
Utilise The Best Skills and Language in Your CV
Impressing a potential employee begins the very instant you start typing the first sentence of your curriculum vitae. And while the overall presentation of your CV is vital, it’s the content which determines whether you are called in for that important interview that could potentially kick start your career. Marketing yourself is a large aspect of a good CV however what you don’t want to do is to market yourself as an all doing machine, instead your focus should be put on standing out for all the right reasons. What would type of candidate would you be looking for if you were a hiring manager? Well below we will show you four ways to utilise language for an effective curriculum vitae.
Use the right language to target your curriculum vitae rather than using a generic one
The generic CV isn’t as efficient as it once way, perhaps because employers now require a more detailed approach and one that shows additional effort. A targeted CV is great in persuading a potential boss more effectively than a generic one which lacks that personalised effort. It’s a great idea to begin the process of writing a tailored CV by analysing what the job requirements are, this way you have an advantage of including skills specific to the job role. This will also allow you to list educational links or experiences again, which are all specific to the job. More than anything researching the requirements of a job will allow you to respond appropriately, demonstrate strengths and tackle weaknesses in the best way possible.
Steer clear of negativity
Put yourself in the position of the employer and just imagine reading a CV that is presented in a negative tone. Would you be interested in calling that candidate for an interview? The answer would most likely be no. Ideally, your CV should present a confident candidate. Avoid including words such “tried”, “avoid”, “criticised” etc. Here is a link to the CV Word Checker which demonstrates a large lists of words to avoid including in your CV.
As business continues to grow globally and between corporations in different locations, so does the demand for bilingual candidates. While English still remains the lingua franca of business, speaking languages such as Mandarin, Arabic, French and Spanish can be an advantage to mention in your CV. Here is a great example of the benefits of being bilingual in the world of business.
Back all statements with facts
Utilising examples in your CV will take it from being good to great. No employer wants to hire a potential candidate that talks the talk without being able to show examples, facts and figures. Use active sentences that illustrate things in practical term, alongside dynamic words to get your objectives across.
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