What questions does your CV need to answer?

about 1 year ago by Daniel Stargatt
What questions does your CV need to answer

We have written quite a few articles about how to create a great CV as it’s an important part of any job search. In this article we take a look at the four key questions your CV needs to be able to answer to give you the best opportunity to secure an interview.

You know you can do the job you’re applying for, now you need to convince the person reading your CV that you can do it. Ensuring that you answer the question below will improve your chances of securing an interview and proving you would be a great fit for the role.

Let’s get started…

Does your CV reflect the role you are applying for?

If you’re just using a generic CV when applying for jobs you really aren’t giving yourself the best opportunity to secure an interview. Your CV will more than likely end up on the pile with the other average applications, with no chance of getting an interview for the role.

I know this sounds harsh, and people argue against this point saying, “if you’re qualified and experienced why would your CV be overlooked?”. My response is that you have to consider your competition when applying for jobs, and if they are taking the time to tailor their CV to the role then guess who is more likely to get an interview?

So in summary, give yourself the best opportunity and tailor your CV so it reflects the role you’re applying for. It really won’t take you long and can make the difference between securing an interview and being overlooked.

Is your CV easy to read?

Structure and layout are key to making a CV easy to read. It can be the difference between a vital piece of information being read or overlooked. If your CV is poorly laid out, hard to read or too wordy then the reader could just move on to the next one… I know that seems harsh but it’s true and it’s up to you to prevent that from happening by making it easy for the reader to get the information they need on you.  It goes without saying that spelling, grammar and punctuation need to be correct; with spell check and online dictionaries, there really is no excuse!

We suggest you read our complete guide on how to write a CV, which will help you create an easy to read CV. 

Have you evidenced why you are great?

A CV is not just about words; numbers play a huge part as well. You may be able to explain that you possess the right skills, experience and knowledge for the role but how can you really prove that you have? Easy, by including some key achievements!  Calling out how you have achieved KPIs, targets or cost saving metrics provides undeniable evidence of your capability and performance.

We really can’t stress enough how including achievements in your CV can help boost your chances of securing an interview. Ultimately, by including your key achievements you’re showing how you can add value to your prospect employer and their business.

Check out an article we wrote about why including achievements on your CV is so important

Does your personal statement actually help promote you?

You have to put yourself in the shoes of the person you’re sending your CV to. Your CV will not be the only CV they receive, so you have to make sure you stand out. Although your personal statement is short, it it the first piece of information they read about you when reviewing your CV. So before you write your personal statement, think why are you a great candidate for this role?

Think of your personal statement more like an elevator pitch. Pack a punch and make the reader want to carry on reading.

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