How to land your dream job: Recruitment expert reveals the five simple things that will make your CV stand out
- A resume expert has revealed how ‘talking to achievements’ is crucial on CVs
- Carolyn Whitfield says there are five ways to ‘speak to your achievements’
- She says understanding them can also help you talk yourself up in interviews
A recruitment expert has revealed how ‘talking to your achievements’ instead of simply listing previous responsibilities on a resume can help you land your dream job.
Carolyn Whitfield from Total Resumes Australia told Seek there are five ways to speak to your achievements to give hiring managers a sense of what you can do.
The five key things to remember are knowing the difference between duty and achievement, asking yourself questions, quantifying your achievements, identifying non-quantifiable achievements and mapping the achievements listed in the job description.
Ms Whitfield says people write what they did – not what they achieved – which is why it’s vital to distinguish between a duty and an accomplishment.
Knowing the difference between duty and achievement, asking yourself questions, quantifying your achievements, identifying non-quantifiable achievements and mapping the achievements listed in the job description are the five ways to ‘speak to your achievements’
She said duties don’t paint the full picture and should be elaborated on because resumes ‘must tell a story’.
Ms Whitfield says you have to be able to illustrate what skills you have to set you apart from the crowd.
She also says asking yourself questions can help you work out how you are successful.
Ms Whitfield says people write ‘what they did’ – not what they achieved – which makes the first point, to know the difference between a duty and an accomplishment vital (stock image)
They help people work out why the company is better because of them – for example how has a project you’ve been on made the company money?
She says it is important to include the qualifications which match the job being applied for.
The next job is to quantify your achievements.
‘Every accomplishment should include the problem or challenge, the action you took, and the result of your work,’ Whitfield said.
How to write the perfect resume
– Do not include a photo or date of birth.
– Keep it short. It should only be one page in length, or a maximum of two if you are in a senior position.
– To impress ‘D’ personalities (typically MDs and CEOs), and ‘Cs’, such as CFOs, use clear headings and bulleted sections, written in a simple, consistent font such as Arial or Times New Roman, size 11 or 12. This makes it easy to comprehend for ‘Ds’, who tend to skim read, while also including the structure and consistency that ‘Cs’ look for.
– Keep sentences short and concise, and give proof supporting your career achievements. This appeals to ‘D’ and ‘I’ types who want facts and statistics, and ‘S’ and ‘Cs’ who are put off by excessive self-promotion.
– List your work history in chronological order.
– Impress recruiters by referring to their company’s values in at least one of your career achievements.
– Ditch stock phrases like ‘I’m a good team player’ and ‘I enjoy spending time with my family and friends’
– Give at least one example of how you are motivated, and how you have and will motivate others.
– Mention two activities that demonstrate your personal values. This could be charity work (fundraising by running a marathon, for instance).
– Use positive language throughout that indicates a ‘can-do’ attitude.
Source: London recruitment coach Rita Chowdhry
If the result can be quantified in a figure then that should be included.
The final step is to map out the achievements according to the job description.
This can be done by looking at the requirements and making note of how you meet them with skill and experience.
Being comfortable to talk about your achievements will also make for a stronger interview.