Spring Clean Your CV With These 3 Useful Tips!

It’s that time of year when you start spring cleaning around your house, but why not Spring Clean Your CV? It is always good practice to edit your CV as you go along, or every year to make it shine and stand-out. Luckily for you, we have three hidden secrets that will bring your CV back to life.

Get rid of out-of-date items

If you are a seasoned professional, there is no need for you to include entry-level positions or internships that you completed over 10 years ago.

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Step 2: Showcase Your Experience

Optimise your LinkedIn Profile - CV Tips and Tricks

When employers search online, they want to know more about who you are and what you can bring to their company. It is the difference between them inviting you to connect to have a chat and overlooking your achievements for someone else.

Keep it Personable

The key difference between LinkedIn and your CV is the language used when describing your experiences. Read More

Step 1: Improve your Summary- Stand Out from the Crowd

Optimise your LinkedIn Profile - CV Tips and Tricks

The first, and possibly, most important part of your LinkedIn profile is the summary. Similarly to your CV, this acts as a cover letter which showcases your skills and abilities. It is your opportunity to be personable and approachable – the language a little warmer than what’s present in the CV. Don’t be afraid to boast about your achievements, include contact information or promote yourself with punch language.

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Step 1: Professional Profile

Before you can write your Professional Profile (or Summary), you need to understand all the elements. A profile should:

      1. Be 4 – 5 lines on the page (don’t mix this up with sentences)
      2. CLEARLY position you (as to what you do) or the direction you want to go in (if changing career). This will help focus the content of the CV.

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Step 2: Skills

CVs are constantly changing. Constantly evolving to keep up with the digital age. As such, to ensure that your CV stands out, employers use ATS software to locate keywords and phrases necessary for the job.

‘What is ATS?’

ATS or Applicant Tracking System is used by employers or recruiters to screen potential candidates, comparing what’s written in the CV against the job description. Each skill, verb, phrases are weighed and placed into pre-determined categories. Read More

Step 3: Education

Due to the development and shift of CVs, many employers value the level of your education in different ways. This means that its placement on your CV doesn’t have to be on the first page. Not anymore. So, what is the correct way to represent your education?

‘Are you a Graduate?’

If you are a recent graduate, within 2 years, then it would be beneficial to place your education on the first page. This is to emphasise that the knowledge gained is fresh and that you have academic experience in the field you are applying for. It is recommended that your education would come AFTER Personal Profile and Skills.
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Step 4: Experience

Your work experience is the most important part of your CV. It showcases your career to date, the skills earned, and the level of expertise you’ve gained in different industries. But, how do you portray this information without a) repeating yourself or b) keeping it relevant?

‘Before you get started, list out your experiences’

Without elaborating on your duties, simply list what you’ve done to date. If you can’t remember the exact date, stating the year will suffice. Once you have an order (most recent first), then you can begin writing your duties. Read More

Step 5: Additional Information

So far we have helped you through your Personal Profile, Skills, Education and Experience; now it’s time to focus on the additional information that you can include in your CV.

‘Voluntary Experience’

Whether you act as a Treasurer with your local GAA club or as a Fundraiser for a cause you are interested in, this will add significant value and credibility to YOU, as a person. There are skills gained that you can transfer to any work environment, so use this to your advantage.

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Fail to Prepare… Prepare to Fail

Just as the title of this article suggests, if you fail to prepare for your upcoming interview, you might find yourself in troubled waters. To help you, we have put together some pointers that will prove useful:

Research the Company

Visit the company’s website (if they have one) and note some important changes i.e. new branch openings, acquisitions etc. Use these as reasons to join the company and relate them to your own experiences.
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Choose your Path…. Don’t Hold on to Regrets…

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball where you are faced with a fork in the road. Both directions will lead you to your end goal, but whichever road you take, you may find yourself regretting the decision.

In one instance, I was offered a job in Dublin working in HR. At the time I had just graduated from my Masters and was hesitant to accept. Maybe it was because I was worried about the salary and whether I could pay rent, or maybe it was because I wanted something closer to home. Who knows! What I do know is that due to my hesitance, the job was given to someone else. Read More