Why a CV is a must have.
Even when you are job hunting, the chances are an employer will have a standard job application form that makes up part of their recruitment process, so if you are going to tell them everything they need to know in an application form then there’s no need for a CV, right? Well, not quite. A CV is different to an application form and there are a number of reasons why it’s good to have a great quality, up to date CV even if an application form is going to be completed too.
In today’s job market, there are hundreds of people competing for the same jobs and whether we are the job seeker or the employer, we all tend to have pretty busy, fast paced professional lives. Therefore more and more people rely on help from recruitment agencies. Using a recruitment agency can be fantastic for a number of reasons; they have a relationship with the companies and will be able to advise if you are a good fit, they have a lot more time to put into finding quality roles that match your skills and if you are struggling to get a permanent role, often recruitment agencies who specialise in temporary roles are a great way to get your foot in the door at the firm you’ve been dying to get into. Why am I telling you this? Well, because if you want to get in with these recruitment consultants and head hunters you will have to have a good quality CV, it is their key summary of who you are. They will use this CV to job match you, to get an overall idea of your abilities and aspirations and they will send it to prospective recruiters so they can glance at it and make a quick decision about if you are someone they would like to see in person.
When job hunting it’s often quite a lengthy process completing hundreds and hundreds of application forms for various roles you come across, it takes time and can often get a little confusing and let’s face it, boring. Having a CV ready before you start the process is a massive help. Most application forms will be tailored to a specific role and of course you will need to be thorough in ensuring you show how you meet the person spec and how your skills match the job spec in each individual application form. It’s not possible to complete an application form in a one size fits all kind of way. However, ensuring your CV is sat ready, waiting and up to date gets you part way there. Pretty much all application forms will have the same details about your work, education, volunteering experience etc, so save yourself a lot of time and effort by being able to refer to your CV to answer the basic application questions, leaving yourself more time to focus on selling yourself for the role.
In addition, another great way to save yourself some time during your job search, using your CV is by uploading it to a few Job Sites, this allows recruiters and agencies to find you. All you have to do is ensure your CV includes plenty of keywords / titles / skills that are relevant to the type of job you are looking for, then when any recruiter completes a search for those keywords, you’ll pop right up and they can come to you instead of you hunting for them!
When a person recruits for a company they need a quick fire introduction to the applicants and a CV is exactly that. They need to be able to scan a CV in a short period of time and tell that the applicant has the correct skill set, experience and education fitting for the role they are trying to fill. For a recruiter, your CV is the very first piece of insight they will have into you so it is really important that you have a good quality CV, ideally tailored to the type of role you are looking for I,e creative/corporate. Try to make sure it shows a little bit of your personality as you will need to find a way to stand out in and amongst hundreds of other CVs that have been received. And try to help the recruiter out by making it clear, concise and highlight the connections between your skills and how they meet the job specification skills so that they get a sense of why the company needs you.
These are just a few of the reasons why having a CV created now really is a ‘must’ on your to do list. If you are struggling getting a CV that you think really tells your story and makes you shine, then perhaps you could get little expert help from a professional CV writing company to give yourself a professional boost.