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Job Seekers: SUPERCHARGE your CV

If you’re considering a job search, now is the time to get your resume in shape.

Here are 5 quick and easy tips to supercharge your CV.

Update with all the latest information:

Most people wait until they absolutely need a resume, and then rush to try and update what they have at the last minute, inevitably doing a poor job. Instead, spend some time creating a powerful and thoroughly up-to-date sales document.

Make sure that who you are and what you do is clearly spelled out right up front, in big bold letters:

No one has time to dig through your resume to try and figure out where you might fit into their organization.  You need to tell them.  Are you a Project Manager?  Lead with that as your headline and then follow up with a strong tagline that communicates exactly what you have to offer.

Keep an unswerving focus on results:

Employers need to see that you have made a positive difference in prior roles.  If your job has anything to do with making sales or saving money or improving key performance metrics, lead with numbers wherever possible. (e.g. “increased sales 9% by …” or “saved R10,000 per month by ….”).  If you work in a job where success can’t be quantified, you can still focus on the impact you’ve made. (e.g. “improved the standards of patient care by …” and then explain how you did it.  Or “created a positive learning environment for the children by …”).

Decide on a core message and stick to it:

It can be tempting to try to communicate everything about yourself, but it will only confuse recruiters and make your resume less effective. When it comes to your resume, less really is more, so focus on telling a clear, succinct story with one central message.  For example, if you manage social media, your message might be that you can drive sales through improved audience engagement.  To support your central message, you can provide stats and numbers that back up your claims.

Design for impact:

Often a well-written resume is rendered less effective by the way it’s laid out on the page.  Take the time to review our CV template and get an idea of how you can use simple formatting to draw the eye to key pieces of information.  Don’t get crazy with fonts or images.  Just focus on making sure that your core message jumps off the page.

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