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10 Reasons You Should Tailor your CV

From letting your employer know your goals to showing that you’ve prepared for the role, there are so many reasons why tailoring CVs to particular jobs is important.

Tailoring a CV isn’t as simple as writing the name of the job position you’re applying for, it can be the growing trend of image personalisation, keyword incorporation or using the job specification to help with writing your personal statement.

We have just ten reasons why you definitely should tailor your CV to the role you’re applying for when job hunting!

1. Shows you have researched the role.

Above anything, employers want to know you’re interested in joining the company. You’ll need to research the role and the company and include this when writing.

Ways you can demonstrate this would be to include your skills and accomplishments that directly correlate to things on their website or social media. E.g. If their website mentions that they have recently integrated a new system, find out what skills you have that can help with learning and implementation.

You’ll find what they’re looking for in a candidate in the job specification or on their website.

2. Demonstrates your ability to streamline.

No employer, recruitment company or HR department wants to read ten pages of hobbies that don’t relate to the role. The same applies for longs CVs that needlessly state previous roles unlinked to the position a jobseeker is going for.

When you’re able to generate a CV that encompasses all your relevant work experience, education history and skills into one or two pages while effectively communicating that you’re the candidate for them, you’ve nailed it.

3. Employers can quickly identify relevant skills and abilities.

When an employer is filling a role, they’ll often sieve through hundreds of CVs. So, try putting yourself in their shoes and incorporate bullet points surrounding particular roles and accomplishments that highlight you as a match.

Not only this, but recruiters want to know if you’re able to commute and what requirements you may have. For example: note if you have a driver’s licence, a car and how far you are able to travel on request.

Remember that suitability is not just about your job timeline.

4. Recruiters may use software to sieve-out the candidates.

Sometimes, a company or agency may use CV-screening software that searches for keywords in your CV.

Don’t let a screening-tool decide to put you in the ‘unfortunately you have been unsuccessful on this occasion’ pile. Make sure your CV effectively communicates what the CV-screening tool might be looking for: clean layout, keywords of the role, bullet points, education history, relevant work experience, etc.

5. You can list the key skills that the potential employer is looking for in a candidate.

When tailoring a CV, you can make yourself stand-out using a section dedicated to key skills and abilities. This ‘bank’ will include your knowledge level of languages, basic writing, software packages, role requirements and more.

These keywords will stand-out to a CV-screening tool as well as an individual looking at your resume. When job hunting, you’ll be searching for key words or phrases that make you want to apply for a role. Make sure you include these keywords as they are what will connect you with the employer.

However, it is important to avoid using keywords or phrases that don’t apply to you or your experiences. If you don’t tell the truth on your CV, you will be found out in the role and likely fired. This won’t look good on an updated CV!

6. Removing irrelevant content can make you stand out.

Of course, when applying for your first jobs in the working world, you may not have much work experience, if any at all. So, you’ll likely incorporate travel, work experience, volunteering or school accomplishments that demonstrate your skills.

However, when you have had a couple of roles under your belt, it is important to know when to surrender insignificant information. An employer looks for jobs a jobseeker has maintained, rather than one-off experiences.

Make sure to keep your CV updated with information directly relevant to the work you’re applying for. So, if you’re after a payroll team member position, you don’t need to mention the babysitting you did for Aunt May back in the day.

7. It's not as much work as you think.

I know, it may seem like tailoring a CV to each role is time-consuming but it’s not as much toil as you think.

If you’re job hunting for a specific role or career path repetitively, you’ll likely only need to change a couple of details each time. These details could be in the wording that you use to describe something you overcame in a job position, or adding in keywords to your bank that apply to both you and the role you’re going for.

If, on the other hand, you like to test the water by applying for varied jobs from librarian to dog walker, you’ll need multiple CVs. In this case, you should have pre-made templates that need to be tailored to match a job specification.

It doesn’t have to be a case or re-writing a CV every single time you find new jobs.

8. It will fit seamlessly with the accompanied Cover Letter.

It can be easy to think of a CV as a compact story narrating reasons you should be considered for the role. However, while job hunting, you’ll likely come across companies requesting an accompanying cover letter. This will be your chance to elaborate on experiences in your CV.

A cover letter is made specifically for a job role, and if what you provide a cover letter that doesn’t seamlessly match with your CV, then the recruiter may see a red flag.

Tailoring a CV to a job not only makes your application coherent, you can use it as a basis – or, draft – when it comes to typing up your cover letter and securing your interview.

9. You can bring your most relevant experience to the top.

By now you have probably sussed that recruitment agents want their attentions grabbed from the get-go. Sometimes, an employer may only look at a CV for 6 seconds, so for a ball-park figure, try to make sure your CV is eye-catching within the first 10 seconds.

They need to know your role towards generating results and achievements in your previous jobs or teams. Include demonstrations of results that have allowed you to gain valuable knowledge in a field they need.

For example, if a company requires a new videographer to produce videos that target and engage an audience, they’d love to see a personal statement paragraph detailing how an applicant’s contribution generated a successful increase in market reach and viewership.

10. It can show you're interested and up-to-date with your industry.

Finally, as a jobseeker, you should always be finding ways to improve your knowledge to fit the types of roles/industries you’ll be applying for. If there are extra courses or you have engaged with, you should include them if they relate to the role you’re applying for.

That demonstrates a keen interest in the industry, which is something that employers look for. The last thing they want is to hire someone only to find their lack of interest is causing them to fall behind with new developments in the field.

Summary.

In summary, it’s easy to say that to increase your chances in the pool of applicants, you’ll need to tailor your CV to the job.

Are you looking for a CV which not only is tailored to a particular industry and is ATS-friendly (Applicant Tracking Systems), but also is easily tailored and targeted to the particular jobs and companies you may want to apply to?

At Talmatsky.com, we will deep dive into your personal work, educational and professional background to find your expertise and generate a profile that speaks the language of recruiters. You’ll also be guided on analysing a job specification to seek an employer’s needs which will be provided to you as a checklist. You can use this checklist to tailor your CV to that job role!

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10 Reasons You Should Tailor your CV

From letting your employer know your goals to showing that you’ve prepared for the role, there are so many reasons why tailoring CVs to particular jobs is important.

Tailoring a CV isn’t as simple as writing the name of the job position you’re applying for, it can be the growing trend of image personalisation, keyword incorporation or using the job specification to help with writing your personal statement.

We have just ten reasons why you definitely should tailor your CV to the role you’re applying for when job hunting!

1. Shows you have researched the role.

Above anything, employers want to know you’re interested in joining the company. You’ll need to research the role and the company and include this when writing.

Ways you can demonstrate this would be to include your skills and accomplishments that directly correlate to things on their website or social media. E.g. If their website mentions that they have recently integrated a new system, find out what skills you have that can help with learning and implementation.

You’ll find what they’re looking for in a candidate in the job specification or on their website.

2. Demonstrates your ability to streamline.

No employer, recruitment company or HR department wants to read ten pages of hobbies that don’t relate to the role. The same applies for longs CVs that needlessly state previous roles unlinked to the position a jobseeker is going for.

When you’re able to generate a CV that encompasses all your relevant work experience, education history and skills into one or two pages while effectively communicating that you’re the candidate for them, you’ve nailed it.

3. Employers can quickly identify relevant skills and abilities.

When an employer is filling a role, they’ll often sieve through hundreds of CVs. So, try putting yourself in their shoes and incorporate bullet points surrounding particular roles and accomplishments that highlight you as a match.

Not only this, but recruiters want to know if you’re able to commute and what requirements you may have. For example: note if you have a driver’s licence, a car and how far you are able to travel on request.

Remember that suitability is not just about your job timeline.

4. Recruiters may use software to sieve-out the candidates.

Sometimes, a company or agency may use CV-screening software that searches for keywords in your CV.

Don’t let a screening-tool decide to put you in the ‘unfortunately you have been unsuccessful on this occasion’ pile. Make sure your CV effectively communicates what the CV-screening tool might be looking for: clean layout, keywords of the role, bullet points, education history, relevant work experience, etc.

5. You can list the key skills that the potential employer is looking for in a candidate.

When tailoring a CV, you can make yourself stand-out using a section dedicated to key skills and abilities. This ‘bank’ will include your knowledge level of languages, basic writing, software packages, role requirements and more.

These keywords will stand-out to a CV-screening tool as well as an individual looking at your resume. When job hunting, you’ll be searching for key words or phrases that make you want to apply for a role. Make sure you include these keywords as they are what will connect you with the employer.

However, it is important to avoid using keywords or phrases that don’t apply to you or your experiences. If you don’t tell the truth on your CV, you will be found out in the role and likely fired. This won’t look good on an updated CV!

6. Removing irrelevant content can make you stand out.

Of course, when applying for your first jobs in the working world, you may not have much work experience, if any at all. So, you’ll likely incorporate travel, work experience, volunteering or school accomplishments that demonstrate your skills.

However, when you have had a couple of roles under your belt, it is important to know when to surrender insignificant information. An employer looks for jobs a jobseeker has maintained, rather than one-off experiences.

Make sure to keep your CV updated with information directly relevant to the work you’re applying for. So, if you’re after a payroll team member position, you don’t need to mention the babysitting you did for Aunt May back in the day.

7. It's not as much work as you think.

I know, it may seem like tailoring a CV to each role is time-consuming but it’s not as much toil as you think.

If you’re job hunting for a specific role or career path repetitively, you’ll likely only need to change a couple of details each time. These details could be in the wording that you use to describe something you overcame in a job position, or adding in keywords to your bank that apply to both you and the role you’re going for.

If, on the other hand, you like to test the water by applying for varied jobs from librarian to dog walker, you’ll need multiple CVs. In this case, you should have pre-made templates that need to be tailored to match a job specification.

It doesn’t have to be a case or re-writing a CV every single time you find new jobs.

8. It will fit seamlessly with the accompanied Cover Letter.

It can be easy to think of a CV as a compact story narrating reasons you should be considered for the role. However, while job hunting, you’ll likely come across companies requesting an accompanying cover letter. This will be your chance to elaborate on experiences in your CV.

A cover letter is made specifically for a job role, and if what you provide a cover letter that doesn’t seamlessly match with your CV, then the recruiter may see a red flag.

Tailoring a CV to a job not only makes your application coherent, you can use it as a basis – or, draft – when it comes to typing up your cover letter and securing your interview.

9. You can bring your most relevant experience to the top.

By now you have probably sussed that recruitment agents want their attentions grabbed from the get-go. Sometimes, an employer may only look at a CV for 6 seconds, so for a ball-park figure, try to make sure your CV is eye-catching within the first 10 seconds.

They need to know your role towards generating results and achievements in your previous jobs or teams. Include demonstrations of results that have allowed you to gain valuable knowledge in a field they need.

For example, if a company requires a new videographer to produce videos that target and engage an audience, they’d love to see a personal statement paragraph detailing how an applicant’s contribution generated a successful increase in market reach and viewership.

10. It can show you're interested and up-to-date with your industry.

Finally, as a jobseeker, you should always be finding ways to improve your knowledge to fit the types of roles/industries you’ll be applying for. If there are extra courses or you have engaged with, you should include them if they relate to the role you’re applying for.

That demonstrates a keen interest in the industry, which is something that employers look for. The last thing they want is to hire someone only to find their lack of interest is causing them to fall behind with new developments in the field.

Summary.

In summary, it’s easy to say that to increase your chances in the pool of applicants, you’ll need to tailor your CV to the job.

Are you looking for a CV which not only is tailored to a particular industry and is ATS-friendly (Applicant Tracking Systems), but also is easily tailored and targeted to the particular jobs and companies you may want to apply to?

At Talmatsky.com, we will deep dive into your personal work, educational and professional background to find your expertise and generate a profile that speaks the language of recruiters. You’ll also be guided on analysing a job specification to seek an employer’s needs which will be provided to you as a checklist. You can use this checklist to tailor your CV to that job role!

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