CV Tips part IV: Highlight Your Experience

Do you think that your past work experience is not enough to make a good impression on the recruiter or hiring manager? Are you a fresh-graduate and don’t know how to fill in the “Work Experience” section of your CV? The Work Experience section on your CV is crucial, and anyone can improve this part of his/her CV.

Following you can find so10.06.10-How-to-Mention-Unrelated-Work-Experience-on-Your-Resumeme useful hints on HOW to best present your work experience in your CV; First of all, make sure the job title, dates etc. are all accurate, and that they adequately explain your role, your duties and responsibilities. Remember that you are trying to show that your experience from previous jobs makes you the right candidate for the role you might be applying for.

After that, focus on the Achievements and Accomplishments (two-three lines are enough). It is a common mistake for people to overlook or disregard their achievements. For instance, you might overlook something because your boss gave you a project to quickly complete as soon as possible, but likely without explaining just how important your part within the project was and what kind of impact it would have. It can be hard or difficult, at times for us to “see” our achievements/ accomplishments. So perhaps it might be easier for you, if you look for feedback from your colleagues (current/former) or even help from the headhunter you are working with.

It’s effective to make sure that the achievements you list in your CV are positive, for example promotions, qualifications or leadership skills gained, sales increase etc. But also be sure to prioritize your achievements; employers or hiring managers tend to give higher consideration to those accomplishments which are relevant to the position they are looking to fill.

According to research conducted by the authors of “Brilliant CV: What Employers Want To See and How To Say It”, candidates with achievement-focused CVs are three times more likely to be shortlisted for an interview, compared with candidates with (duties) responsibilities-focused CVs. Everyone is able to do a particular job, but it’s your achievements that show HOW successful you have been in that job. After all, past performance is the best indicator of future performance.

Remember to use Reverse Chronological Order when presenting your working history. In a CV, the employer or the hiring manager is more interested in what you have done recently than in the past, your current job, probably has a higher level of skill and responsibility than your prior positions. The Reverse chronological CV format is preferred by experts and hiring managers for two basic reasons: it shows your current knowledge and competence and it permits the reader to easily evaluate your career progression.

Adding a personal touch to your CV, is something that gives  the poget-experience-blog-pagetential employer a glimpse into you and your personality, but be  careful. Unless you are not already a graphic designer, don’t try to become one while writing your CV. Don’t waste time trying to use and coordinate different font, just focus on your strength points. Always keep in mind what is the goal of your CV.

According to Tim Windhof of careerealism.com, we would agree with the fact that “Submitting your resume is pretty much like going on a first date…Once you are on your date, it is important to find the right balance of talking, and choosing the appropriate topics for a first date…..the talk is the content you include on your resume. Don’t talk too much. Just like on a first date, your task is to give the other side a chance to get to know you better. The task is not to overload the other side with information regarding everything you have ever done….try to understand their needs and prove that your skills and prior experience is an answer to their problems…The second date will be yours!”

Prepared by Pasquale Di Benedetto, Project Coordinator at GRN Czech

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