How To Target Your CV For Your Perfect Job

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With the current economic crisis, finding a high quality job is more difficult than ever.

While previous experience and references play an important role when in an interview, it can be difficult for many people to get to that point.

The following guide provides simple tips and tricks on how to target a CV for that perfect job.

When creating a resume, it’s essential to make sure that it is custom-tailored for a certain job position.

While it can be convenient to send the same generic resume to hundreds of potential employers, it’s often possible to get better results by sending only a few targeted resumes.

When creating a resume, it’s important to make sure that it markets an individual’s skills and experience in a way that can seem beneficial to a certain employer.

While being skilled at microbiology lab work can be a great asset for medical technicians, it wouldn’t be a very useful skill at a bank. However, previous experience as a treasurer for a college club would be relevant experience for a bank job.

Non-relevant experience should be left off a targeted resume. While large accomplishments in non-related experience can be beneficial, it’s a good idea to avoid discussing them at detail.

It’s also important to make sure that previous work experience can target a certain job position. While it may seem manipulative, it’s a good idea to tweak previous work experience to make sure that it is relevant to a desired job.

In addition, it’s important to make sure that only relevant skills are listed on a job application. While many people put experience with Microsoft Word and Office on their resume, this usually isn’t necessary.

If an individual is capable of typing a resume, he or she is probably familiar with MS Word and other MS Office packages.

It’s also important to make sure that one’s hobbies are targeted for a certain job position. While it can be tricky to target one’s hobbies for a certain job, there are a number of simple ways to make this possible.

For example, an individual who enjoys programming contests should list that experience when applying for a programming job.

In addition, it’s a good idea to make sure that one’s hobbies reflect a positive personality. Charity work, social work and religious activities are usually considered a plus by potential employers. However, there are certain types of hobbies that one shouldn’t list on a resume.

It’s a good idea to avoid listing any solitary hobbies. Solitary hobbies can include reading, writing, games like solitaire, hiking and more. While there’s nothing wrong with these types of activities, they may give a potential employer the wrong impression. Since most people in an office environment must work together, it’s essential to make sure that one doesn’t appear to be a loner.

However, it is a good idea to list team oriented activities on one’s resume. This can include competitive sports like football, soccer and basketball. These indicate to a potential employer that an individual will work well with others.

This is a guest post.  Isaac writes for Team 24 a leading NHS agency with Midwifery jobs and doctor positions throughout the UK and further afield.

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