Have you ever applied for a job and never heard anything back? If so, you’ll know that getting an interview is extremely difficult. There is so much competition out there for any job search.
So what do you do?
Tailoring your CV to match the job description is one of the best ways to getting an interview.
I’ve tested these CV writing tips and they have always worked well for me. But there are a few things you should know and take into consideration before you start writing your CV.
This post will tell you how to dissect a job description. It will give you the information you need to build your Curriculum Vitae in a much stronger way. Boosting your work history, skills and about me.
Dissecting a job description
Below is a job description for a Graphic Designer role. Thanks to – https://resources.workable.com/graphic-designer-job-description.
I’m going to walk you through how I wrote my CV, using the job description, which led to an influx of interviews. This method will work for any job description.
1. About Me
First, Highlight any personality traits in the description that they are looking for.
These are essential to any company. They want to know you will fit in with the business culture and not cause any problems within the team.
As you’ll see on the above image, I’ve highlighted a few different things they are looking for in a candidate. Using this, you can now tailor your About Me section to match. For the above, I would write something like this:
“A professional in graphic design, I have a creative flair with a keen eye for aesthetics and details. I get huge satisfaction from delivering creative projects from start to finish. In my current role, I take a methodical approach to all tasks. I am personable, with excellent communication skills and always dependable. All my work is of high quality and deadlines are always met.”
2. Work Experience Section
Now, we’ll go through and highlight parts to include within the Work Experience section.
Showing a potential employer that you have experience in the skills they want, is a huge win for you.
Showing a potential employer that you’ve already done most, if not all, of the things they are looking for, that’s a huge win for you.
It’s worth pointing out, you should never make things up or state you’ve done something when you haven’t. It’ll come out and will only cause an awkward encounter later down the line.
If you’re a student try to make these as relevant as possible to any uni/college project. If you’ve had a part-time job, this also helps.
Highlighted in green, in the above image, are all experience related sentences. If you can, you should include all these in your Work Experience section.
Here are a few bullet points I’d include for this job role:
- Understand and develop briefs with customers to determine requirements. Ensuring the best outcome would be achieved;
- Development and management of graphics. This included illustrations, logos, websites, brochures and packaging (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign);
- Collaboration with copywriters, account managers and customers. Covering anything from design, messaging, copywriting and photography.
It’s highlighting time again! This time, we’re going to highlight the sections that you can include within your Skills section.
The Skills section is a quick way to show your employers your strong points and variety of expertise. It’s also a nice way to break up your Curriculum Vitae, so it’s not big blocks of text.
In the image above, I’ve highlighted the skills in the job description, that I could use in my Curriculum Vitae if I was going for this job. Keep in mind, you don’t want to have loads of Skills in there, keep it around 10. You may want to have a few more or a few less, see what looks best on your CV.
The skills I’ve highlighted I’ll then order, on my CV, with the most relevant to the role at the top. For the job, the skills I’d include would be:
- Logo design
- Packaging design
- Exhibition design
- Presenting work
It’s time to go through the description one last time. You should be familiar with it by now. What is the one thing that the employer seems to want more than anything in a candidate?
This is often the statement or keyword that is mentioned more than anything else. In this example, they want someone who can study a brief, determine the best outcome and produce a high quality outcome.
The Seal-the-Deal section is not something you find in every CV, but I always include it in mine and it’s in our CV template. It needs to be short and straight to the point. One or two sentences at the most, and should be something that none of the other candidates can boast.
I give this section the title “Why Me”. For this particular job description, my Why Me section would look something like this:
“With experience in producing and managing graphic design across multiple different media, I am a real team asset, who can work completely autonomously and be trusted to get the job done, on-time and to the highest quality.”
5. Putting It All Together
If you have been building your CV as you’ve been going through this post, then you’re done. Congratulations – Your CV is a lot stronger than it was before! Send your CV off and apply for the job!
Finally, if you haven’t managed to cover all the points you highlighted, you can cover those in your cover letter. Your cover letter should include some project outcomes and success stories. Try to include the highlights you missed in these.
Now you know how to dissect a job description, you’re ready to build your CV, completely tailored to the job(s) you want.
What wasn’t covered was the basics – your contact informatino. Don’t forget to add a contact phone number, email address and a link to your website or LinkedIn profile never hurts.
This post was all about getting your CV to be the best it can be. So why stop here? Our CV template will make your CV stand out from all the other applicants. Combined with your tailored content, your chances of an interview will dramatically increase!
Once you have your interview, check out our Interview tips post. It will tell you how to fully prepare for your interview. Learn what to expect and what the interviewer will expect from you.