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Make Your CV 10 Times Stronger with These Hacks

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You鈥檙e in an interview for your dream job, and the employer asks you to introduce yourself. Easy, right? Wait, you haven鈥檛 heard the catch, yet. You only have seven seconds to do so. You鈥檙e put on the spot. You鈥檙e nervous. You鈥檙e sweating. What do you say? What do you focus on? Should you start with your work experie鈥ING DING DING, time鈥檚 up!

Imagine if employers would actually put you through that. What a nightmare, right? Well鈥hey already kind of do, to a certain extent. Studies have concluded that employers spend an average of seven seconds reading through a CV before making a decision on whether or not the candidate is qualified for the job. Seven seconds鈥ow, talk about fast judgments. It鈥檚 basically like Tinder (dating app), but instead of focusing on your fab jawline, employers focus on your skill-line.  

When it comes to the recruitment process, first impressions definitely do count. And you probably only have a few seconds to make a good one, so make it count. That鈥檚 why you should write and structure your CV in a certain way to make it stand out. It may seem like a difficult task to do. But, when you think about it, it鈥檚 not that hard, as a large number of CVs out there are considered predominantly bland and standard. Boring. You need to market yourself. It鈥檚 a game.

If you want to make a good first impression to employers, you鈥檒l have to put your best foot forward. As they say, 鈥渢he first step is half the journey.鈥 And that鈥檚 where your CV comes in. So, we have written this blog post to give you some tips on how to strengthen your CV and ultimately make a good first expression to employers.

Here are some hacks on how to have a killer CV:

  • Start with yourself

It鈥檚 never too late to start focusing on enhancing your abilities and developing yourself. You can always learn something new. And trust me, your CV will thank you.

If you already have strong qualifications and a solid skill set, then you probably already have them listed on your CV. Don鈥檛 you? But why leave them as is? Why not make them shine even brighter? And if you don鈥檛 really have that much experience and believe that your skill set might be lacking, then now is the time to change that and step up your game. 

You鈥檒l need to focus on building and enhancing the skills and qualifications that are relevant for the job that you鈥檙e seeking. Let鈥檚 say, for example, that you鈥檙e looking to get a job in the accounting industry, you should try to get as involved as possible with anything significant in the industry. This can include volunteering to do your family鈥檚 and friends鈥 book keeping, joining an accounting society, or even going to accounting events where you can learn valuable insights on industry developments 鈥 something that you might be asked about during the recruitment process.

Remember, employers will want to know when, where and how you have used your skills to create value. So, you should try to put your skills to practice whenever possible. This is also why you should never lie on your CV. Keep it real. Don鈥檛 expect to have 鈥淐apacity Building鈥 as a primary skill on your CV and not be asked about it.

You can also develop your skills by using Bayt.com鈥檚 learning tools such as online courses and training courses. Click here to find the right course for you.

  • Keep your CV clear and concise

I know, you finally got the chance to brag about yourself without feeling arrogant or pretentious. It can certainly be tempting to shove as much information as you can in your CV, with lots of business terms, in order to seem more sophisticated. But, this method can backfire, big time, and just make your CV more complex to read. Keep it short and simple, it鈥檚 not an extended essay.

Don鈥檛 get me wrong. You should definitely aim to come across as polished and professional. But don鈥檛 overdo it, because that鈥檚 when your CV loses your personal essence and character and becomes just like all the other old plain CVs out there. Your spirit should shine through your CV.  

You should keep your CV organized and easy to read, as not to discourage employers from properly going through it. Remember, you鈥檝e got 7 seconds so you should aim to have a sense of flow in your CV. And please, oh please don鈥檛 repeat anything in your CV. There is just no need for redundancy. 

Also, you should keep in mind that including a bunch of irrelevant information in your CV will just make you look like you don鈥檛 get what the job responsibilities are. Avoid it. You don鈥檛 want to seem as uninformed, do you?

  • Find a job and tailor your CV to it

I don鈥檛 know if you鈥檝e already picked up on the memo of this blog but tailoring your CV for each job you apply for is considered the golden rule of CV writing. Employers already have set skills and qualifications that they鈥檙e looking for, so you should include the ones you have that mirror the job description. Currently, Saudi Arabia is offering more than 4,000 job opportunities on Bayt.com. These jobs are available in different cities across the country, including 1500+ jobs in Riyadh and 700+ jobs in Jeddah.

Start your CV with a solid personal summery (also known as career objective) that can brand you as right for the job, as well as grab the attention of the recruiter. At the end of the day, it does occupy the most important part of your CV, the top centre.

Your CV should reflect that you鈥檙e fit for the job. This means you should only include information that is related to the job and can be appreciated by the employer. Don鈥檛 put that you鈥檙e an expert in animal behaviour when applying to a corporate job. They don鈥檛 need to know that, and probably don鈥檛 want to know.

  • Keep your CV fresh

When was the last time you updated your CV? A month ago? Two months ago? You can鈥檛 remember? 

It鈥檚 extremely important to keep updating your CV, at least once every few months, as employers always prefer and sometimes prioritize freshly updated CVs over old rusty ones. You never know when a job opportunity might appear, and it鈥檚 always best to apply within the first 48 hours of a job posting. You don鈥檛 want to delay applying because of an outdated CV, do you?

There are a few easy steps to updating your CV on bayt.com, click here to learn how.

If you already have an updated CV on Bayt.com but want to make it fresh to employers, you can easily do that by pressing the 鈥Refresh Last Update鈥 on your profile.

  • Focus on your achievements

Okay, we get it, you had like a million responsibilities at your former job. But the question is were you good at your job? Did you deliver?  

Don鈥檛 just include a long list of your job tasks you performed. Tasks are self-explanatory, for the most part, and any other person could have done them. You should illustrate how you added value to the company. And use numbers, employers love their numbers.

For example, 鈥淚 was able to develop and incorporate a project management strategy that aided in cutting costs by 30%, as well as making the whole procedure considerably simpler and shorter.鈥

Lastly, if you鈥檝e gone through your CV multiple times and feel like it still needs some work and you鈥檙e a bit stuck, then you can always consider seeking professional help. Thankfully, Bayt.com offers various CV writing services that job seekers like you can take advantage of such as CV Writing Service, and CV Templates.