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The Importance of Updating Your CV

The Importance of Updating Your CV

Did you know that updating your CV can significantly improve your chances of succeed in getting that interview? An out-dated CV can weaken a job application, possibly resulting in the CV being dismissed at screening stage by the HR software or the HR Administrator, as they are looking for key roles and experience.  This can leave us with a sense of failure or at worst rejection. It makes sense, that as we are going to the effort of applying for the job in the first place, putting time and effort into creating a smart updated CV can significantly elevate the rate of success of the CV being screened fully for the job.

The task of fine-combing a CV, with the help of colleagues and professionals, is a necessity in today’s competitive job market. Matching current skills and experiences to each job application is necessary to be in with a chance of succeeding on respective endeavours. Providing relevant examples validates, to the HR department, that skills were previously applied to other jobs effectively and provides a much better picture.

When a business goes into liquidation, it is a stressful time for employees as they are facing unemployment. They may be out of work for months or years. A mother may decide to return to work as a nurse, once her children have left home. Employers know this and so by taking the time to update gaps in our career history provides a much clearer picture for the reader.  Offering details on gaps in work experience is the same as putting a jigsaw together; it starts to make more sense when the recruiters are getting a more complete picture.

It can be daunting to know where to start. Up-skilling may be necessary in order to re-enter the workplace. Newly acquired skills, temp employment and gaps in work experience will need to be added to the old CV. The experienced eye of a professional HR recruiter can glean over a resume, and quickly pick out the relevant information to match the job specification. From this knowledge, they have greater certainty if the candidate is suitable for the role. There are also a lot of resources online to review and get a CV looking its best.

Stand out from the crowd, of the many job applications, and give each application the very best effort. Reduce the possibility of not gaining a seat on the panel for an interview. Trying and failing is better than not trying at all. At the very least, the HR department may hold the CV on file. This can result in a future call for interview, for a similar or superior job with the organisation. Additionally, requesting feedback from the company is positive, once the CV reflected the skills and experience outlined in their job advertisement, and can be invaluable to improve performance on future interviews.

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Chef Jobs: How to De-Clutter Your CV before Applying for a Job

CHEF JOBS: HOW TO DE-CLUTTER YOUR CV BEFORE APPLYING FOR A JOB

De-cluttering your CV is important, particularly if you haven’t applied for a job recently. For instance, when deciding to change employer after years of service working as a chef with a local hotel, in order to advance your career. The old CV is most likely out-dated, and in need of fine-tuning to apply for a new job, with a national or international hotel. 

Chef Job - How to De-Clutter Your CV before Applying

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CV’s share insight into the story of the applicant, and their skills and experience gained to-date. HR professionals can garner the necessary information in a CV to identify if the potential candidate is suitable to the job, and worth considering for an interview.

The following techniques can help with re-designing a new CV:

  • – Prior to updating a CV, do a little research online. There are many well designed templates available to download that can create a CV that will stand out from the other applications.
  • – Look at the job advertisement. Fully understand what the organisation is seeking. Is it evidenced throughout the CV?
  • – Keep each section brief and relevant to the job specification.
  • – Narrow career goals, displaying a clear understanding of what is being sought and the direction of the new career. This can help HR with knowing if the applicant matches the job requirements. Recruiters are adept on understanding if skills and experience match their job specification.
  • – If adding a personal statement or summary at the top of the CV, condense it to a few lines, including job title, years of experience, sectors worked in and some proud career achievements, and appropriate strengths that can be offered to a new employer.
  • – Update recent work experience, to apply to the current job application.
  • – Consolidate academic achievements, and include internships, external project work and any additional activities within college.
  • – Edit work experience in sequential order and provide a list of accomplishments.
  • – Include clear headings on all sections.
  • – Bullet point for easier reading, ex. academic modules or skills.
  • – Ask a colleague to proof-read it prior to submitting it. This can help to strengthen the job application, by eliminating grammatical errors.

HR personnel will have a predetermined list of questions before receiving the application for the job. They may ask: what can this candidate do for our company? What sets this application higher than the others? What story is their past experience highlighting, and is it relevant to this job? Can this candidate complete this job for me again? Do they have potential to learn? Is this individual motivated?

Step into the shoes of the potential employer. Reflect: is the cover letter and CV easy to digest, in a simple and clear format. Make their job easy. Demonstrate to the recruiter, through the application, that this position is the next logical step to advancing personal career goals. There is only one chance to make a good first impression, make it a good one!

CV Writing When You Don’t Have Work Experience

CV Writing When You Don’t Have Work Experience

 

If you’re relatively new to working or have little relevant experience for the position you are applying for, you will have issues when writing up your CV. The problem you’ll have writing your CV is that you could accidentally expose and highlight the weaknesses in your CV. I’ll be talking about things you can do to show your strongest elements of your CV and decrease the exposure of your CV’s weak points which could be lack of relevant experience or lack of relevant education. Here are some steps you can take to create the best CV you can.

 

Identify your Strengths and Weaknesses

It’s crucial you know what you want to draw attention to and what you want to be less visible. Employers can overlook a hole in your CV if you have sold them on your strengths. With this in mind, figure out what your strengths are for the position you are applying for so that you can optimise for your best attributes whether it’s the transferable skills you learned in other industries or that you have a degree and completed online courses that will help you with the job you are applying for.

 

Arrangement of CV

You can change the order of areas in your CV to put more focus on your strengths. Why put work experience first if it’s a weak point? You certainly shouldn’t put it last but knowing that employers might disqualify your application after only reading your work experience, you should put some of your strongest qualities before it.

 

 

CV Content

The format style of your CV will decide how much attention each area of your application gets. If you’re low on relevant experience, you could limit your work experience area to a concise description of the transferable skills while also providing evidence of problems you faced, the actions you made and the outcomes of your actions. Keep the best elements of your work experience and remove irrelevant information to save space for the stronger areas of your CV. If your strength is the education and courses you’ve completed, you can assign more space to this area so that you can give more information on the content of those courses. This allows you to tell the employer why your education will ensure your success in the position you applied for.

 

Personality

It is generally true that your experience in the industry is the most important element of your CV for employers, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible to get the job without the required experience. And if you do have the experience, why not also compete against other applicants more effectively by showing your personality in your CV. Anyone can say they are hardworking, well organised with great communication skills, so you’ll need to show off your personality and character by displaying your awards, achievements or volunteer work.

 

Overall, it is likely that you will struggle somewhat trying to get a job without the required experience. You shouldn’t expect to get the job within a handful of job applications. Even with an optimised CV for your situation you will have to persevere to break into the industry and get that entry level dream job you desire!

 

We at Three Q Recruitment believe in giving people a chance so you can go on our website where we update our vacancies daily. If you have experience in hospitality, there may be a junior recruiter position in the Three Q team for you! Apply by sending your CV to cvs@3qrecruitment.ie

 

If a lack of experience is becoming a clear problem that is getting in the way and tactful CV Writing will not help you get the interview, you should read our blog on how to get experience when you don’t have enough: http://www.3qrecruitment.ie/how-to-get-work-experience/