How to target your CV

Unless there’s a specific application form to complete, your CV is going to be your only chance to explain to a recruiter why you’re perfect for the role they’re advertising.

 

That means your CV has to be amazing if you want to stand out from the crowd.

 

You’ve no doubt heard people say before that you need to target your CV for each specific role that you apply for, rather than sending the same generic copy out to every potential employer.  How though, do you do that?

 

Well, here are our top tips to get you started.

 

#1 – Your Personal Statement

 

We know it’s one of the hardest parts of a CV to write, but your personal statement is a great opportunity to explain what you’re about.

 

If you think of this section as a way of showing your motivations, it should be slightly easier to write.  For each application explain, briefly, why you want the job you’re applying for.  Make it clear why now is the best time in your career for making the change, and outline what your future aspirations are, and how this employer could help you achieve them.

 

#2 – Skills

 

Many people list their skills once, and never look back at this section again.  However, you need to think of this section as similar to keywords, and whatever you include should be what’s asked for in the job description (as long as you do actually hold those skills).

 

Look at what they have asked for, and think about what other skills might be useful to help you succeed in this role, and include them too.

 

#3 – Career history

 

Think again about the skills and the requirements for the role you’re applying for, and make sure you feature the same terminology in your CV where possible.  If you have done similar roles before, highlight the elements of the job that are the same, and showcase duties you have done in the past that are relevant.

 

If you haven’t done anything similar before, instead look at the transferable skills you have that might be an asset in the role you want.

 

#4 – Achievements

 

Adding any achievements within specific jobs you’ve done in the past is a great way to positively showcase what you are capable of.  Where possible use statistics and figures to back up your claims, and show how this relates to the role you want.

 

#5 – Qualifications

Draw attention to any qualifications, or courses you have had that meet the requirements of the specific position.

 

If you don’t have much in the way of formal qualifications, highlight any areas of interest you have, or additional learning you have done on your own time that would make you able to fulfil the role.

 

Remember, here at Time Saving Heroes we offer CV and Cover Letter writing services, as well as full reviews of your current CV so you can make sure you’re putting your best foot forward.  Give us a call on 0161 883 2024, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just drop us an email to hello@timesavingheroes.co.uk

 

 

The one thing your business needs to be successful …

Over the years we’ve worked with lots of different clients, across a wide range of industries and sectors.  When they come to us, one thing they all have in common is that they’re struggling.

 

It might not necessarily be financially, though we have seen that too. More often than not they’re struggling to get everything done.  The business owner, who might actually be the only person involved in the business, is left to do everything.  That means they’re stuck on a hamster wheel, jumping from doing the work, to sending out quotes, chasing new clients, following up on leads, and managing the invoices.

 

We’ve said it before, and we’ll never stop saying it: you can do anything, but you can’t do everything.

 

Something always has to give.

 

When it comes to sole traders and small business owners, the thing that tends to give is their leisure and family time.  Which can cause problems at home, not to mention adding a huge amount of stress to the entire situation.

 

And whilst they’re busing working in their business, these individuals aren’t working on it.  The reality is the one thing your business needs to be successful, is you.  You are the only person who can take your business to the next level.  It’s your ideas and passion that have got it this far, and if it’s to go any further, you need to be the one directing it.

 

You can’t do that if you’ve got your head buried in Facebook Ads, or you’re tied up on the phone all day.  It just doesn’t happen.

 

So, instead you keep doing what you’ve always done.  Which means you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

 

How then do you make a change?  Maybe you need to take on your first member of staff, but you’re worried about how much time that will eat up, and how much it will cost.  It’s not an easy decision to make, and people can have huge reservations about it.  Understandably.

 

An alternative, of course, is to outsource.  A Virtual Assistant is a great way to manage that; however, there are numerous services you can outsource to a professional who has the skills you don’t.

 

Why not hire a bookkeeper to keep on top of your accounts?  Maybe it will cost you £20ph, but how much time will you save, that you can focus back on your business?

 

If you need a website, you’ll no doubt look for a website designer.  I know plenty of people that have cobbled together their own websites (and with WordPress etc it isn’t that complicated), but if you want something bespoke, you wouldn’t try to do it yourself.  It would take you hours and hours to try and learn how to do it, and then muddle through.

 

Why would you be sensible when it comes to a website, but not when it comes to other things that zap your time?

 

Outsource your weaknesses to Time Saving Heroes, and we’ll let you concentrate on your strengths, so your business can go to the next level.

 

Call us on 0161 883 2024 or email hello@timesavingheroes.co.uk – we’re always happy to have a chat to see if we can help you.