So, you’re ready to take the next step in your career? You know who you are, you know your skill set, and you know you are the right fit for the role. Make sure you get your CV right.
But how do you put this across to a potential employer?
It’s difficult to stand out from the crowd when you are trying to get the attention of a recruiter who is more than likely receiving a huge amount of applications every day.
So here are Horticulture Careers‘ top 5 tips for ensuring that your CV stands out against the competition.
Don’t ramble on!
The first portion of your CV should be your ‘Personal Profile’. This is where you are going to be effectively selling yourself, so it’s easy to go on a bit.What you may not know is that this is the point when a recruiter is most likely to give up on reading. They don’t want to read 3 paragraphs of introductory text.Give the recruiter a clear idea of who you are, but keep it in a short paragraph, 6 or 7 lines is plenty.
Be clear and concise about your skill set.
It’s a good idea to have a section for ‘Key Skills’ on your CV. Here you can showcase the things that you do better than anybody else. If you have any certificates, this is also a good place to list these too.Try to show a versatile skill set which is relevant to the type of role that you are applying for. If you are applying for an entry level role or apprenticeship, speak about related things that you do in your spare time.
Use a professional Email address!
This may seem obvious, but email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org are unlikely to be considered over other applicants.You’re not on Facebook, you’re trying to progress within your career. Your first and last name is fine.
Don’t oversell yourself.
We all love a good buzz word, but potential employers don’t want to read that you are an outstanding, articulate all round great human being with a fantastic work ethic, who is loved by everybody who has ever had the good fortune to cross your path.Sell yourself. Talk about your achievements and how you have overcome obstacles within your career. List any big projects that you have worked on. But for heaven’s sake be humble.
Make sure you include your contact details.
It’s amazing how often people don’t. You can have the most outstanding CV the world has ever seen, but if you don’t include your contact details, you’re unlikely to be contacted.
For help on writing your CV
Need more help preparing a CV? Contact Liam Colclough.