Assess Your CV
This is a good opportunity to assess your CV in order to maximise your contract interview opportunities. CV Failure could be costing you work.
If your current CV is not generating the interview offers you want, it is time to start assessing it and improving your CV. Check to see that the following descriptors apply:
O Begins with a succinct, clearly stated career objective tailored to the particular job for which you are applying.
O Highlights how your skills and qualifications match the company’s specific needs.
O Employs appropriate titles for previous jobs to demonstrate clearly that you suitably qualify for the position they are advertising.
Describes Your Previous Jobs Well
O Gives a concise description of your previous employers – their products, services, industry, etc. – and your role in the company.
O Uses PAR statements to describe your accomplishments. P identifies the ‘problem’ you faced; A describes the ‘action’ you took to solve the problem; R describes the ‘result’ of the action you took.
O Quantifies your accomplishments using numbers, percentages, etc.
O Makes effective use of the key words and phrases contained in the job advertisement to describe your skills and areas of expertise.
O Every sentence starts with an action word, for example: “increased production by 20% while saving £200,000 in operating costs” Examples of effective action words are: compiled, conducted, created, designed, developed, established, implemented, introduced, invented, maintained, negotiated, operated, organized, produced, and published.
O Explains how, in your previous jobs, you increased sales and profits, improved productivity, saved time and costs, and established good customer relationships.
CV Shows Your Successes
O Provides evidence of the competencies most valued by employers, for example: your communication and interpersonal skills, flexibility, initiative, organisational ability, and teamwork.
O Includes any pertinent awards or honours you may have received.
O Provides your educational history and details of training related to the position you are seeking.
O Employment history is logical and consistent; and gaps of more than one year between your jobs have clear explanations.
O The layout is neat and uncluttered, with an easy-to-read sequence of sections and no large blocks of text.
O Contains no errors in spelling or grammar; and all unnecessary words should go.
O Hobbies and interests shoul be in only if they serve to reveal characteristics, skills or accomplishments that support your career objective.
So, assess your CV according to the above criteria and you’ll start getting far more interviews.
It’s why companies choose some contractors rather than others to interview.