May 15, 2018

CV Trends to Refresh your Career Prospects

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If you’ve been battling to move forward in your career and you feel like you are being overlooked, maybe it’s time to press that refresh button.

Relook where you are in your career and discover what it’s going to take to take for you to elevate your success. Being aware of trends that are being used by other professionals is something that helps you in your mission to grow.

The first thing that represents you when you’re trying to climb higher is your CV. By enhancing your CV, you stand a greater chance of making the cut for superior roles. Discover the best CV trends and job search tips that will help you reach career attainment.  

1. Personal Digital Presence 

Include your social media pages in your resume. This is a way to show recruiters that you’re tech-savvy and that you have a digital footprint. With the tech evolution, most jobs are being digitised and need for technology skills is ever increasing. Having online presence is a way for recruiters to see your tech-ability.

Your LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus profiles are the platforms where most recruiters will conduct research to find out who you are. Your online visibility is especially advantageous when your job is centered around digital media.  

It is also equally important to add links to your website and online portfolio. These platforms are essential in demonstrating your professional expertise. On these platforms, you can brand yourself and showcase your unique flair in the field.

2.Customise your CV for Each Job Application 

When you’re applying for different job roles in your industry, it is important to tailor your information carefully to appeal to employers. You should always outline your strengths and skill sets to match them with the requirements they are looking for in that role.   

You should also include roles where you’ve done similar jobs as the one you’re applying for. You can briefly speak about your duties and the experience you acquired in that role. The requirements for the role should match your ability and knowledge in the field. This will show employers that you would be a perfect fit.     

3.Ensure that the content of your CV is Accurate  

The most disappointing thing that recruiters come across is a badly written CV, with spelling errors. This becomes a waste of time and a wasted opportunity for the candidate.

You have to ensure that your CV characterises you well. It has to be comprehensive, crisp and well written. Meaning you have to showcase your strong points in summary form and make sure that it’s written to the best of your ability. The layout of your content has to have a flow, ensuring that there are no missing parts or information. Lastly, you have to be able to layout your content in the design, and ensure that the content doesn’t take away from the design and vice versa.

4.Good CV design 

A good CV design is essential in this visual age. With so many free CV templates to download online, you can customise your CV in minutes.    

You have to choose a template that will make your CV look simplistic and polished so that recruiters are drawn to it. Visual appeal is equally important as having good content on your CV. If you don’t want to be overlooked, you should definitely invest in improving the design of your CV.         

You can also have a look at CV examples for inspiration when creating your CV. There are free CV templates you can use and download so that you are ready for the next opportunity you see.    

5.Apply in organisations where you would fit in with the Culture 

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As we know, company culture has become a key contributor to business success. More businesses are interested in finding talent that will fit in with their culture. During the meeting process, recruiters are able to see if a candidate can fit into the business culture. You might have the proficiencies and years of experience. However, if you are not a culture fit for the business, it can prevent you from getting the job.

Therefore, when you are job hunting, it’s critical to apply to companies you’d want to work in. You should never just apply for a job without looking into the company culture and determining the value it will add to your career. It is vital to research the company and learn about their values. This will help you with your decision of whether or not you should apply in that organisation. And it will save you the trouble of applying in companies where you don’t fit in with their culture.

6.Add a Relevant qualification to your CV 

Sometimes studying towards a qualification can be the boost that your career needs. It expands your list of expertise on your CV and it shows recruiters that you have the capacity to take on roles. Perhaps it’s time to enrol in a business programme that will grow you as a specialist in your field. This is a great way to acquire niche skills-set that will grow your opportunities for success.                           

Equipping yourself with academic knowledge can increase your chances of landing better job roles. You also increase your earnings when you bring more to the table, which allows you to enjoy a prosperous career.           


About the Author: Khanyie Dlamini Content Creator at Educor Holdings As a writer in the education sector I am passionate about nurturing people in their careers, wellness and personal growth. I focus on a variety of illuminating topics that are helpful to people’s growth and success. I hope to inspire people to feel motivated to live up to their full potential and know they can have an optimistic and prosperous life. My intention is to contribute to an empowered nation that makes great choices and positive change. Personally I enjoy the world of fashion and keeping up with the trends. I have great interest in digital trends and the impact of social media in today’s world. I enjoy learning from other creative people. I value having purposeful relationships with people who have great visions that align with my own.



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