Rikki Wimmer at TopCV, the largest CV-writing service in the world, explains how to tell when your CV is in need of a second opinion.
Whether you're a recent graduate entering the workforce for the first time or an accomplished finance professional reaching for the next rung on the corporate ladder, it’s essential that your CV is up to scratch. Is yours? If you answer ‘no’ to any of the following questions, it might be time for your finance CV to undergo a professional audit.
Is your CV 'read-worthy'?
On average, a recruiter spends only six seconds reading a CV. This means you have six seconds to prove why you’re the right person for the job. Sound impossible? It isn't.
If you want to guarantee that your CV makes it past the six-second mark, you need to submit something that is easy to read, formatted correctly and tailored to the specific position. You will also need to pay close attention to your personal statement.
Your personal statement (also called a career summary) is a brief snapshot of your relevant skills, experience and unique qualities wrapped up in three to four sentences. If you can write a winning personal statement peppered with the right keywords and tailored to the position at hand, chances are you’ll be one of the few candidates who make the shortlist.
Does your CV avoid jargon and clichés?
If your CV is currently sporting the words ‘hard-working’, ‘motivated’ or ‘extensive experience’, a review is well and truly in order. These types of words and phrases are what people in the industry often call ‘meaningless business speak’. A recruiter or hiring manager isn’t interested in reading that you’re strategic or a team player. Instead, they want to read about your professional achievements, your industry experience and your financial literacy. A professional CV audit will assist in removing the tired jargon and replacing it with skills that recruiters actually want to see, which brings us to the next question ‒
Are you showcasing the right skills?
It’s vital to understand what a recruiter or hiring manager is looking for in a finance CV. The good news is that you’re not expected to know everything ‒ that’s what a professional CV writer is for.
To give you an idea, a hiring manager will often be looking for a collection of certain hard and soft skills. Hard skills refer to specific industry qualifications, software/database fluency or analytical skills required to do the job. Soft skills, on the other hand, refer to less-tangible qualities such as communication skills, critical thinking or problem solving. Both are undeniably important, but the trick as a jobseeker is knowing which skills to showcase.
The most important thing to remember when writing your finance CV is to tailor it to each position. If you can present a CV that is well formatted, easy to read and contains the right keywords and skills required for the job, you’re in with your best chance of progressing to the next stage of the hiring process.
If you’re unsure whether your current finance CV measures up, submit it here for a professional audit.
TopCV offers a range of CV-writing services including expertly-written and keyword-optimised CVs, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles. It is currently offering a free CV review to help you land your dream job.