I open up my email, no new messages. Everyday the same thing, nobody, exactly nobody ever replies to my emails. Why? I have always wondered why, why don't they answer? I can’t remember the last time any of them answered. Is it actually that hard to kindly reject?
I am of course talking about job applications. Have you also been sending out tons and tons of job applications to hundreds of different companies? Then you probably know that most of the time, nobody ever answers. I know, they probably get hundreds of applications for each position and it takes too much time sending out answers to all of them. But it would still be nice if they could at least tell you why they did not choose you or which specialties and skills they are looking for in their candidates.
How do we fix this problem? I can’t promise you that there will ever be a solution to the problem. But at least I can help you get ahead of all the other racers.
COVID 19 pandemic struck hard! Harder than most people ever could have imagined. The unemployment rate skyrocketed, and tons of people lost their jobs. Now there is even more people competing in the race for the jobs. How do is stand out from the crowd?
When it comes to hunting jobs, your CV is the most valuable document that you send out to the companies you are applying for. If you get the CV right, you will guaranteed have a bigger chance of landing that job. Have it wrong and you will get rejected time after time. Every CV is different as you want to show why your sets of skills and experiences are suited for this specific job. They all follow the same structure though.
So, what is a CV and why is everybody talking about them? Basically, it is your personal marketing document. With the CV you should be selling yourself to employers. Your CV should tell the employers about you, your skills and professional history. Simply it should tell the employer why you are the best for their job.
CV’s are written in so many different ways, but there are a few things that all CV’s must include.
Feature you contact details in a prominent position. Include name, contact information and city of residence. Make sure that everything is up to date and looks professional.
Write a short statement that describes your capabilities and skills. This is usually the part of the CV that catches most attention of the employer. So, this should answer why you are the right person for the job and what you will bring to the table.
Your skill list should consist of technical skills you have for this specific job, but also “soft”skills such as customer support. The list should consist of roughly six to eight of your most relevant capabilities.
In this part of the CV you should show off your extensive work history. Head each role with your job title, the name of the employer and dates of employment. List your experience in revers chronicle order so the latest most relevant role is shown first.
Same as for the Experience section, the education should be listed in revers chronicle order so the latest is shown first. Include the name of the institution, date you studied there, qualifications and grades you achieved
Hobbies and interests
This part may not always be included, but sometimes it is a good idea to add your interests and hobbies to the CV if it will bring more value and boosts your CV. For example, if you are applying for a job that requires teamwork, mentioning that you have been playing football or other team sport, that might help you in landing an interview.
The thing about resumes and CV’s, no matter how much time you spend on trying to make your own unique CV they always tend to be boring and read dry. That is totally understandable, a CV is supposed to be a no-frills boring document that states your skills and experiences, and preferably it should be as short as possible. This makes it really hard to convey your own uniqueness and stand out from the crowd. Basically, all CV’s look the same.
A resume is most often a boring and unchanging document while a personal website or Online CV can be customised according to what you are working on or what you what to headline.
Recruiters are looking you up on the internet. Even up to 70% of employers says that they have rejected a candidate because of things they found about the candidate online. This doesn’t mean that you should clean up everything bad about you online. But it shows us how important it is to have a good online presence. Having your own website online gives you the opportunity to tell the recruiters the things that you want them to know. Being able to tell the story you want to tell could make the difference between you and the competing candidates.
For many jobs these days it is important to show that you are tech-savvy and not stuck in the past. Having your personal website tells the recruiters that you take the career hunt serious and you are up to date on the web trends.
The world is changing, people are changing ,and so should your resume. Today is the day when you should create your personal website. You want to succeed in life? In your career? Then you have to standout, working day in and day out on your personal brand.
Decide what the world should know about you.
More than 70% of people that are employed are constantly searching for new opportunities. This means that you are not only competing with other unemployed, but also with tons of people that already have a job.
Market yourself online 24/7 by creating your own personal website. Let’s welcome the new era.
This is the way!