Tips in Tailoring your CV to Suit a Specific Job
A CV must always be brief, including only relevant facts about you that are sure to increase your chance of employability. Different industries have different employers; different employers have different preferences. Taking the time to tailor your CV to suit a specific job can really help you be remembered by employers and in effect, score you interviews.
The first thing you have to do is to read the job description of the position you’re applying for. By doing so, you will find out specific skills and knowledge required for that specific job. This will now be your reference in customizing your CV.
By now, you must already have your core CV. If not, well, what are you waiting for? Your core CV must include your personal information, education, work background and nothing else. This CV will be the framework of all your other CVs. Once you’re done with that, customize it now, referencing to the job descriptions of each and every job opportunity you’re interested in. Here are the parts of your CV that you must tailor with every application:
Take the time to find out the long term goals of the company you’re applying for, and make sure to emphasize in this portion that you plan to direct your career towards the same goals in the long run.
○ Cover letter:
This is your chance to market yourself. Make sure to emphasize that you have the specific skills needed for this specific job. Make sure to assert various reasons why you think they should hire you for this job. Again, your goal is to make them remember you. Chances are: your CV will be scanned along with a hundred other CV. Make sure that your cover letter stands out.
○ Employment history:
While you can’t fabricate who you’ve worked for in the past, you have this chance to emphasize what kind of roles you previously served in your past jobs. If you have done a lot of volunteer work prior to applying for this one, you do not have to state them all in your CV. Choose only the volunteer work you’ve done that are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
○ Seminars and fellowships attended:
Keep the brevity of your CV. Only incorporate relevant seminars and fellowships attended. Do not forget to sum up briefly the skills you’ve learned from each seminar/fellowship. This will give them the impression that you are open to learning new ideas for you to grow and develop.
○ Achievements received
Know when and when not to spill that they called you “The White Mamba” back in high school for your superb basketball skill. Most companies participate in sports events and you have to find out whether the company you’re applying for is really competitive in these events. If they are, then mention it. It might even be your winning quality that set you apart from other applicants with the same qualifications otherwise. If they don’t even participate in such events, you better keep these treasured achievements to yourself.
Contrary to popular belief, a good CV contains a list of references. Make sure to tailor this list and only include references who are at least working in the same industry as the company you are applying for. Keep your references to a bare minimum. Just two established names would suffice.
I know it requires a lot of work especially if you found more than ten companies you wanted to apply for, but believe me when I say that it’s an investment you will never regret.