Why you don't want to be a ‘Go-getter’ or a ‘Strategic Thinker’.
It’s the start of a new year and this year you are determined to make the leap and get yourself a new job. Maybe you have out grown your current role or maybe you feel your current company doesn’t suit your work style. Either way, the start of your journey to the new role starts with your CV. Writing a CV should be a considered process, it can make or break your job search.
Recruiters may only spend as much as 2 minutes to review your CV initially – therefore the content needs to stand out and shout your strengths quickly. Your CV gives an employer a window in to who you are and is often where first impressions are created. It is important, therefore, to make sure that this impression puts you in a good light. How you structure and the style of the CV will depend on the type of role you want to achieve. Think about how your personality assists you to do your job and structure your CV to match.
What not to include
A recent survey revealed that there are some terms used on CV’s that are a real put off for recruiters. For example Go Getters, Strategic thinkers, Team Players end up on the reject pile. These employers do not want a CV full of colloquial management speak, they want to get a real understanding of the results your efforts have achieved and therefore how they could benefit from employing you.
Boastful, but ultimately subjective terms such as best of breed or thinking outside of the box can be considered meaningless – let’s face it who wouldn’t describe themselves as a hard working? These terms show employers a lack of imagination, and potentially an inability to focus on the important content.
So what should you say?
Recruiters want to see your claims backed up by results. They want to believe you will create an impact on their team, therefore using words such as Achieved, Managed, Influenced, Launched Improved, help to build the image you want to create.
By going beyond bland descriptive terminology that become over looked at best; mocked at worst; will help to foster interest in your abilities, and make the employer stop and read your name again. Once you have achieved this your CV has a much greater chance of going on the interview pile. Then it’s down you to follow this CV up with an equally enlightening interview performance.
Look again at your CV – have you substantiated your claims. Do they focus on evidence based claims that sing your strengthens? Cut out the fluff and focus on a results driven CV that is set to impress.