It’s no secret that the land of recruitment is incredibly competitive. Most job seekers are a world apart from employers, left lacking the insight into what modern day business owners regard as talent.
In fact, if you really scrutinise your CV, you might find you’re not as talented as you think you are.
You see, there’s a few things that remarkable CVs have that the vast majority of resumes just fail to deliver:
It may only be three words but what you’ll find is that when your CV proves you have those three qualities, employers will be falling over themselves to interview you.
Revamp your CV to prove you have tenacity, discipline and resilience - it’ll change your job hunt entirely.
How to prove you have the qualities employers need
- Use extracurricular activities to prove tenacity
Within your personal statement, right at the start of your CV, don’t just list the generic stuff like you love to read books or bake. That’s what people write down when they haven’t even the creativity to think of anything they enjoy doing.
What you do outside of your professional life has a direct influence on how successful your career is.
Do nothing asides from work, you’ll get nowhere fast.
Unique talents are developed and refined through extra-curricular activities. Not work-related mundane stuff that anyone getting a salary can and will do.
Think about how you spend time outside of work that will benefit you in work. That’s what employers are looking for; a correlating link between the two.
- Like sports – requires teamwork.
- Musician – shows creativity.
- Fundraising – It’s a people-person thing. It shows you’re interested in contributing and not afraid to get involved.
If you’re an introvert, that’s not to say that you can’t find something that’s going to boost your CV a bit.
Take bodybuilding for example. It’s something that takes commitment, extreme motivation and shows you’re enthusiastic about self-development. As does cycling, and running, provided it stands out by following on with some cycle tours or mini-marathons you’ve done.
Instead of stating an interest, make it compelling.
Since this is your opening personal statement, you need to command attention, sticking the eyes to the page.
See the difference in action in this example:
I like cycling in my spare time.
I’m a devout cycler and longstanding member of the LSE Cycling Club (part of the British Cycling Federation). Having achieved a #24 ranking in the Road and Track Rankings for 2016, my goal is to improve my National Rider Ranking to the Top 20 in 2017.
The point: When you’re passionate about something, you pursue it. It shows self-discipline, motivation, hard work and a commitment to improvement.
It proves you’ve got tenacity!
Whatever you love doing, find a club, a way to gain recognition, and/or make your hobby into something that’ll read much more impressive than ‘in my spare time I like reading.’
- Courses are evidence of self-development and proof you’re disciplined in your career
You can’t very well go looking for courses about self-development in general and expect it to be an enhancement to your CV. That’s just too broad.
Self-development is a lifelong process, something you should always be striving to do. Learn more every day.
“The quickest way to become an old dog is to stop learning new tricks.”
– John Rooney
Of course, you can’t go learning martial arts and expect that to tie into a career in finance. In order to know you’re studying the right courses, you’ll need to take a look at your career progression plan.
What’s a career progression plan?
It’s your personal agenda for your career. You map out your career with the steps from where you are now, to where you want to be in the future.
What are your ambitions?
Example: To go from being an office secretary to a personal assistant? If so, what do you need to get to the next step in your career? Identify the gaps between the two job requirements and study the courses to gain the credentials you need to progress your career.
That’s the self-development courses to be looking at. The ones that show you’re determined to make a success of your career by striving to get whatever position you want to be at.
- Prove resilience with one strategically placed paragraph
Standalone attributes like ‘I work well under pressure’ can be a turn off for employers. It’s easy to state but can you need to be able back your claim up because if you can’t, you’re not going to be believed.
What you need to include with each job you list is an achievement statement. Think about your current or latest job. Probably any job because every job you’ll have had will have had some problem, and (hopefully) you dealt with it. If you run screaming “I Quit!” to your manager, dismiss this. For your previous work history, add within your job description section an achievement statement highlighting:
- The Problem
- Your Actions
- The Outcome
Example: Working beside the division manager, I was responsible for payroll processing. On one occasion, several employee timesheets weren’t available. I contacted the employees who would have been affected, got a provisional number of hours worked, and verified those with line managers. The BACS deadline of 3 PM was met, after which I consulted with management to develop a timesheet policy for payroll processing, preventing mishaps in the future.
Naturally, you’d be looking to keep each statement short as your CV should only be two pages in length.
The point is that the more you can show you’re resilient, the more employers will be interested in getting you in for an interview with a view to hiring.
When you see a job advert that states in the description ‘must be able to work under pressure’ its resilience employers want. When you can prove that on your CV, you’ve beat out the majority of other applicants who dumbly state – I work well under pressure, when it’s clearly a copy and paste text grab from the job description.
Prove you have the resilience to cope in a demanding role because not many applicants bother to carefully construct their CV to match what employers are hinting at in their job listings.
Let your CV tell employers you have tenacity, discipline and resilience and it’ll begin to get employment opportunities being thrown your way.