Chapter 2: Content
Hey Sonic people 🙋 Welcome to Chapter 2 of CV Creation: Content!
Did you know that, on average, a hiring manager will only look at your CV for 6 seconds?!
So how do you get the hiring manager’s attention?
Step 1: nail your structure (see previous chapter)
Step 2: nail your content!
Let’s take a closer look at how you can perfect your content to make your CV stand out…
You want your summary to highlight your most relevant experience in 2-3 sentences, using 2 or 3 keywords from the job advert. Avoid using cliches and instead summarise your unique experience.
Ask yourself: could my summary be referring to just anyone? Or does it specifically relate to me? Is it relevant to the job I’m applying for?
If you remember anything, remember this: keywords make the CV pop!
Tailor your CV’s work experience to each job you’re applying for, using keywords from the job advert – if the job ad mentions ‘attention to detail’, make sure you mention how you demonstrated ‘attention to detail’ in past jobs!
Write 3-6 bullet points per job, only using 6 for the most important jobs.
Remember from chapter 1, you only want your CV to be 2 pages long. So, instead of listing out each individual GCSE, save space by writing it like this:
Wistow Secondary School, Manchester, 2002-2007
9 GCSEs grades A-C including english, maths and science.
Avoid being generic here and instead let your personality shine💫
Instead of just writing ‘Reading and art’, you can be more specific:
Reading – I love personal development books. ‘Miracle Morning’ by Hal Elrod is my favourite.
Art – I enjoy painting landscapes with water colours
Sounds better, right?!
Once you’ve written your content, you’ll be ready to move to the next chapter which is all about transferable skills!