What your CV really says about you; you need to know

Your CV/ resume is the only document in your career that introduces you to strangers even before you speak.  Often times recruitment companies just like ours receive ten and thousands of CV’s. Every day it is a new CV, a new individual that wants something exciting for their career. But one thing that most people miss out on is the fact that a warm introduction of your self does not speak as loud as the documentation of your aspirations on your CV. We want to give some of the top facts that give the HR team an idea of the person they are dealing with even before they meet the person:

Your Vision/ Objective: Most CV’s we come across have an objective. If not, then that’s unfortunate. But more often than not, the objectives spelled out are either too wordy or completely vague. Your objective is a summary of the type of position you are looking for in the long-term. It gives your viewer insight of the work environment you hope for and the number of years of experience. Take time to really figure out what you want in the long-term other than just copy and paste from a CV template online. Explore what would drive you to achieve above and beyond and how you would contribute towards it.

What you are your skills?: There is no other place that would best state what you can do other than your CV. Therefore, if you don’t include this we can never know where your potential lies. In most cases, we would expect you have this in the competencies/ skills set section. It is very important to be truthful on this part. Don’t include that you have marketing skills and yet you are an introvert in reality. The truths or lies you present in your CV can easily be identified from a mile away.

Your Accomplishments: More than anything, you CV should be able to show us your accomplishments because from this, we can see that your skill set had a direct synergy on what you could do for the past companies you worked for. Every position you outline with responsibilities you need to provide at least two or 4 achievements. It shows that you can actually positively impact a company. It shows that you are not passive and indeed take your job role seriously.

Your professional personality and character: Are you consistent? Are you confident? Do you have control of your career? These are some of the things that should be portrayed in your CV (look at how to avoid looking like a job hopper). Your CV should have synchrony and avoid looking shabby. For example; if you include responsibilities in your previous job roles that do not match with the position you are applying for then you might distract your potential employer. Another common mistake is when you include in your skill set that you have a keen eye to detail but you have spelling errors or your contact information is wrong. These are common mistakes that immediately point you as a careless person.