Writing an effective CV is not an easy task; so take your time to think and optimise each element as that will certainly improve your chances of getting that dream job you’ve been looking for. Sending your CV to a company is usually the first contact you will have with a potential employer and as we all know first impressions count. So, before sitting down and simply updating your CV, adding in your latest job duties etc., take a step back and consider who your audience is and what exactly you want to showcase on your CV. Not everything you’ve ever done needs to go on there; it needs to be a best representative of you and the opportunity you are seeking.
Writing an excellent CV is not easy and so here are 5 quick fixes to instantly improve your media CV.
Highlight your achievements (e.g. successful campaigns, pitches won, new systems) as opposed to just listing your job duties. Tell a potential employer what impacts you’ve had in the past and align these to what you can bring to them as an individual.
Lose all those statements that you’ve put saying you are a “hard working individual” with a “can-do-attitude”. These won’t add any value to employers and they will tune out to reading these. Instead mention specific key skills with examples to give your CV credibility.
Too often CVs don’t get the fall makeover each time they’re updated. There might well be elements of your CV that haven’t been read through for years. Question each sentence and if unsure if it should be there it probably shouldn’t. This is your one quick chance to impress: be succinct.
So many CVs have silly mistakes within them and they can be severely damaging to your chances. Running a computer spell-check catches most errors but not always all of them. Get a friend to go through your CV searching for errors and also read it out to yourself to see if the grammar is correct.
Don’t simply send the same CV out to each opportunity as it is unlikely to be as successful as tailoring or having different CV versions for varying audiences. What CV you choose to best represent you can be the difference between a successful read and going on the rejection pile.
Here’s our checklist of 3 key things to make sure are covered for any upcoming media interview – whether it’s a video call or face to face meeting.