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How to land your dream job with the right CV

Mayo 09, 2019

Are you ready to start working with your dream job, but need inspiration to empower your job search?

I have been working with talents and recruitment for 15 years, finding, selecting and developing the right people. It is no surprise that I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly in how people approach their job search. Here is a tip to find your right move into your career. It starts with a simple question: What is the purpose of your CV?

Even though the question might seem too easy and straightforward, 90 % of everyone will give a wrong answer to it. The most common, but not entirely correct answer would be that the CV is there to tell people what you have done. That is what your CV does, but it is not the purpose of it. The purpose of the CV is to get you the job that you want and dream of. It is in fact very simple, but it is a fact that many job seekers forget to consider.

Conclusively, stop being passive with your CV. Instead, make it an active and even pro-active tool to secure your next career move.

So, here is 3-step guide to use when it is time to make a move and secure your next great opportunity:

  1. Sit down and write the job description to the job that you want (NB before you touch your CV);
  2. Write a job ad for how you would recruit that role;
  3. Write a precise and bespoke CV, by matching it to the two previous steps

This does not mean that you should invent things on your CV, but scope it down to what really matters for the job you are interested in. You might have a huge amount of experience, but you should not try to cram it all into your CV. If you take the simple approach, you will be able to make your message bespoke to the recruiter or the manager who is reading it. Subsequently, you will experience a higher hit rate of getting the kind of role that you want, rather than just doing the same role that you have always done. Take action! Write job specific CVs that highlight why you match the job in question.

Conclusively, stop being passive with your CV. Instead, make it an active and pro-active tool to secure your next career move.