|How to tailor your CV for your industry sectors|
When you first write
your CV you should include every achievement, omitting something only
if it is out of date, unimpressive, irrelevant or for the purpose of
space conservation. The document you create will be your core CV, which
is never sent to anyone. From your core CV you tailor for each audience
by choosing only those pointers that will interest the receiver.
If you are applying for a sales position highlight your powers of persuasion with reference to your achieved monthly targets, name drop prestigious clients and include details of how much you earned for your last company. Your potential employer wants a sales person who gets results.
In essence, think of what the job you are applying for entails and what the employer wants from the successful candidate to that job. Then highlight areas or projects from your previous positions that required you to use those desired skills, emphasizing how successful you were at achieving results.
The content of this section often has little bearing upon interview selection, however it can do no harm to show that you carry your passion for your subject outside of the workplace.
for individual companies
To do this you need to carry out some research on the company and the easiest way to do this is on the Internet. Visit the companies' homepage to find in what area their specialisation lies. Try to deduce how many people they employ. Are they are large company? Do they have a modern or traditional outlook? What areas are they expanding into? The answers to this type of questioning can help you formulate an idea of the sort of candidates they are looking for. Importantly, by seeing where the company is heading in the future, your CV can state that you want to head in the same direction, perhaps you have experience and skills which complement that particular area which you can emphasize.
It is possible that you have worked for a competitor of the company you are applying to. This could work to your favour (depending on circumstances under which you left the competitor company) and so when describing your previous employment make a point of focussing on the time you spent at the competitor.
If you follow these basic guidelines and take the time to tailor your CV to your industry sector and perhaps even to each individual company, you will be well on your way.
General qualities that various positions may require
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