Applying for a Job. Curriculum Vitae. The CV is often the first contact a potential employer has with a job seeker. To be useful, it must make a good impression immediately.
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Applying for a Job
The CV is often the first contact a potential employer has with a job seeker.
To be useful, it must make a good impression immediately.
The current practice by HR Departments is to give each resume a quick glance (10-20 seconds), discard those that appear disorganized or too wordy and file the rest.
On the average, only one or two out of 100 CV’s mailed will result in an interview. But employers still ask for CV’s and a good CV continues to provide a competitive edge in the majority of professional, administrative and managerial occupations.
A CV tells the prospective employer what you have accomplished in the past and what you can do for their company now.
The CV's primary function is to sell your talents and skills to an employer--clearly, forcefully and quickly.
In a sense, you are selling yourself and the CV is your advertisement. It serves as your advance contact to awaken an employer's interest and to generate an interview.
Be prepared to spend some time and effort in writing an effective resume.
You will need two types of information:
About Yourself. You need a clear picture of your job talents, work history, education and career goals.
About the Job. Gather as much specific information as possible about the position for which you are applying.
Your resume should show that your skills, education, achievements, work experience and past job achievements are related to the position requirements.
A good curriculum vitae - or CV - is vital when looking for work, especially when there are numerous candidates for the same job, so what should it contain?
There is no perfect template, and each sector may require a different emphasis on a different aspect of the content, such as career history or qualifications.
However, experts suggest there are some basic rules on how a CV should be written and the information that should be included.
Let’s Get Going
Each time you mail your CV always include a cover letter stating your interest in the company.
The letter, however, should not duplicate your CV information. It should briefly highlight the skills or positions you held previously that are appropriate to the position you seek. It also can be used to add additional information that you think is important to the employer.
Your cover letter should:
“Hello I just rang to find out if you received my application”