CVs are like advertisements; they sell us to the recruiters. And as such, it’s important to decide which type of “ad” – in this case, format – you will use before you begin the CV writing process. Depending on the type of job you are applying for, you’ll have to pick one from the four different types of CV formats to suit the job opening.
The four standard types of CVs include
1) Targeted CV
2) Functional CV
3) Combination CV
4) Chronological CV
Ngcareers will take you on a CV writing series. Today, we will throw some light on the targeted CV. Do enjoy the ride.
What is a targeted CV?
A targeted CV focuses on a specific job opening. The targeted CV is written to highlight the skills and experiences relevant to a particular position. When sending targeted CVs, it should be edited or rewritten for each job the candidate applies to. In the today’s job market, targeted CV’s are becoming the norm rather than crafting the basic standard CV of the past. Today’s job candidates are realizing that the majority of employment opportunities are now more specified than ever. It is important to tailor your CV to fit the specific requirements of the job that you are applying for. This article will address several steps on how to create a great targeted CV.
In the same vein, a targeted cover letter is typically written to accompany the CV when applying for jobs.
Purpose Behind a Targeted CV
Adapting your CV for each position you apply for takes some time and effort, but helps to make it very clear to hiring managers and whoever else sees your CV that you’re a good fit for the position. Customizing your CV allows you to showcase the qualifications, accomplishments, and particular aspects of your work history that match closely with the requirements listed in the job description.
Targeted CV’s utilize a skills-based layout, which works well for individuals who are seeking employment in a specialized career field. You include content relevant to the specific employment position that you are applying for. Additionally, for individuals who are seeking employment in a different field, than they’ve previously worked in, targeted CV’s work well. They work because the majority of the content in a targeted CV is focused on your skill set and work experience that is applicable to the new career field; rather than focusing on specific job titles. Targeted CV’s provide you with the opportunity to allow your abilities and accomplishments to shine.
The following factors are important to consider when crafting your targeted CV.
• Compatibility – The content is targeted to showcase your compatibility with the requirements for the job you are applying for.
• Simplicity – This time “simple” is best as your template is more streamlined and utilizes a focused and concise format to increase the interest level.
• Persuasive – Showcases your professional assets and takes away the attention from any of your lesser compatible skill sets.
N.B: Be aware that the more you tweak and adjust a resume, the higher your risk of introducing an error or typo; always be careful to proofread carefully before sending your resume to an employer.
Things You Must Put On Your Targeted CV
There are five basic sections you should include in your targeted CV:
First, begin with a Profile or a short bio. Write this in the 3rd person and balance the details with being purposefully concise and to the point.
The second section to include is your Abilities or skill set. You should list 7 – 10 abilities such as describing your ability to manage a team or social media networking. Again, be purposeful in the type of content you include here.
The third section is detailing your Achievements. Include 3 – 5 accomplishments such as describing how you increased your quarterly sales quota or how you implemented a training program.
The fourth section describes your Experience and you should only include dates and the name of the company. You do not need to include job details here in a targeted CV since your skill set and work experience has already been highlighted in the 2nd and 3rd sections.
The final section is to include your Qualifications or education. Provide the degree level, name of the university, year of graduation and the area study.
We acknowledge that creating a targeted CV can be very demanding but at the same time, but it is very helpful in representing you in the best light when you begin your current job search applying for career-specific employment opportunities.
Do you want a targeted CV but don’t have the time to put one together? Have no fear; Ngcareers will help you put together that amazing CV that no employer will be able to resist. Contact us today.
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