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Deciding on a career change can be a daunting task. Whether it’s for progression, relocation or a complete career change, navigating a job search can be frustrating and full of potholes.

Making sure you have the skills for your target job is the first step, but the secret to securing an interview is ensuring that your target employer gets a comprehensive overview of your relevant skills..

This is where your CV comes in..

My usual go-to action when a professional approaches me with a CV is to overview the profile through the eyes of the average client I deal with. It’s been found that most recruiters and clients will overview a potential CV for an average of 30 seconds; in that duration, you’re challenged with grabbing their attention and forcing them to delve deeper!

 

From overviewing thousands of CV’s over the last 7 years and speaking to hundreds of clients, both SME and corporate, there are some common mistakes professionals make when putting their profile together that could affect your chances of securing an interview.

 

  • Length – Keep your CV short and sweet. Ideally 2-3 pages. Use bullet points to keep information concise. Avoid large blocks of text.
  • Spelling, Grammar and Font Size Consistency. Attention to detail is something clients value, failing to check your CV will give them the wrong message.
  • Missing contact details? CVs get passed around internally. Make sure you can be contacted, no matter what.
  • Unprofessional email? bigdaddyo120@aol.com. May have been a great idea at the time, but always use something professional on your CV.
  • Failure to include quantified information. You need more than lists of recent responsibilities. Quantify your sales achievements. Detail the projects you delivered on. This can make a profile stand out.
  • Do you use a generic CV for every application? Why not tailor your skills to match the job description. Offer solutions to their skills gap.

 

Many of the major clients we work with use some form of ATS system (applicant tracking system). These systems screen candidates and rank them in order of suitability to a given role. Do you have the right skills for a role? If your CV is not optimised, you could be overlooked. I’ve included some tips below –

 

  • Make sure you have an ATS friendly file type – Stick to Word Docs, PDFs or Text Files or similar. Avoid image files, or fancy formatting.
  • Remove all images from the CV.
  • Keywords that are higher in the CV carry more weight. Ensure all the markets, products and skills are included in the summary.
  • Maximise the number of relevant keywords across the document – these contribute to job suitability score during recruitment searches.
  • Maximise the number of sought after keywords are included.

 

Of course, the easiest way to optimise your chances of getting a position is to reach out to a specialist recruitment firm. As a mechanical engineering recruitment specialist, Wynne Consulting has over 15 years experience placing professionals. We can offer the best advice and support for your job hunt. Feel free to contact me with a CV for more information bobbyr@wynneconsulting.co.uk

Date posted: July 20, 2020 | Author: | No Comments » | Categories: CV Optimisation

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As autumn begins in earnest, for many of us the summer of 2019 has faded into a distant memory. Now is a good time to reflect on how 2018 has played out upto now. Most of us spend more time at work than with their immediate family; so now’s a good time to reflect on where you are at with your career. This can be looking for new opportunities within your company, changing your location of work or even more dramatic changes such as changing the industry in which you work. You may be on the search for your dream job, or maybe just a “stepping stone” to get you out of university and onto the job market to enable you to work your way up.

Either way, your CV is the first thing that potential employers see, so it has to represent you in the best possible way. The average amount of time an employer spends initially looking at your CV is 30 seconds. Capture their attention in that short time window and they will delve deeper; miss the boat and they will likely move on.

Continue reading Thoughts on developing your CV – a Headhunters’ perspective.

Date posted: October 17, 2019 | Author: | 2 Comments » | Categories: CV Optimisation

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At Wynne Consulting we see hundreds of CV’s every day. The biggest mistake we see is people filling their CV’s with every single activity, skill or job they have ever had onto one page instead of focusing on creating a logical and compelling story of their career. Just recently I was reviewing a 12-page CV that started out with the following:

“My skills include marketing, social media, project management, accounting, tax law, employment law, financial management, sales strategy, 6 Sigma, operational effectiveness, advertising operations and software sales. I’ve also published two novels and took a few months off to write a poetry book in 2018.”

Continue reading Remove half of the stuff on your CV right now

Date posted: October 3, 2019 | Author: | No Comments » | Categories: CV Optimisation

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Everyone knows how the process works. You need the right CV to get a job interview. And if the CV isn’t up to scratch – no job interview.

So – you need to build a CV for each individual job? But that’s easier said than done…………………

Top UK search recruiter Wynne Consulting are here to give you some guidance on how to best align your experience with each particular job. So – what if:

Continue reading How to build the best CV to prove you’re right for the job.

Date posted: September 5, 2019 | Author: | No Comments » | Categories: CV Optimisation

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At Wynne Consulting we see hundreds of CV’s every day. The biggest mistake we see is people filling their CV’s with every single activity, skill or job they have ever had onto one page instead of focusing on creating a logical and compelling story of their career. Just recently I was reviewing a 12-page CV that started out with the following:

“My skills include marketing, social media, project management, accounting, tax law, employment law, financial management, sales strategy, 6 Sigma, operational effectiveness, ad operations and software sales. I’ve also published two novels and took a few months off to write a poetry book last spring.”

Continue reading Why you need to remove half of the things on your CV right now.

Date posted: November 9, 2017 | Author: | 2 Comments » | Categories: CV Optimisation

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How’s your 2015 going? For many the economy is improving and the stagnation and uncertainty we’ve all suffered in the last few years is starting to lift. Moving forward with your life is often directly linked to your career. This may be looking at progressing within your company, moving companies, changing your location of work or even more dramatic changes such as changing the industry in which you operate. You may be on the search for your dream job, or maybe just a “stepping stone” to get you out of university and onto the job market to enable you to work your way up.

Either way, your CV is the first thing that potential employers see, so it has to represent you in the best possible way. The average amount of time an employer spends initially looking at your CV is 10 seconds.

Continue reading Stay ahead of the flock – how to structure a winning CV.

Date posted: April 2, 2015 | Author: | No Comments » | Categories: CV Optimisation
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