Make Your CV Look The Shizzle!
You probably don’t know this, but when you apply for a job online your CV sometimes goes through an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) that scans your CV for keywords to decide whether to put it through to the next stage. In fact a recent BBC survey of 20 of the world’s biggest organisations discovered that 18 of them used some type of electronic selection. Scary huh?
Whilst I know how to write a CV for someone changing their career, I’m not a Career Coach and can’t help people decide which path they should take. In fact, I actually make a point of never taking on client if they don’t know what they want to do as their CV will lack focus and won’t get them a job – and that’s the whole point of what I do. Instead I refer them to Mark Anderson from Kickstart Careers so he can help them work out what they want to do and how to get there.
I get quite a few questions from readers asking what they should do if they have a gap in their work history. It might be that they chose to take a career break, took time off to raise a family or they needed to stop work to look after a family member but they always worry about how to present this on their CV. This is my advice:
This is a guest post by City Skills and Jobs who are a specialist information and advice service focused on supporting and finding work and training opportunities for businesses and individuals in Brighton and Hove. As I believe in supporting my local community and they specialise in equipping people with the skills they need to find employment, I’ve asked them to share their knowledge of how the Apprenticeship application process works.
Personal profiles are the hardest things to write so I thought you might like to see some examples of profiles I’ve written for previous clients. You can see they’re written in an easily customisable framework structure so certain words and phrases can be removed and replaced depending on what’s required for the position you’re applying for. You might be great at lots of things but if a job ad emphasises client management or meeting targets then these are the things you should be mentioning in your profile and skills summary.
If you’re looking for a new job then you’ve probably thought about using Recruitment Agencies to help you find a position that best matches your skills. I’ve personally had mixed experiences with some of the Employment Agencies in Brighton; some have been great and others have left me standing in reception for 10 minutes without even acknowledging my presence. So how do you choose which one is right for you and how do you get the best results once you’ve registered?