Always Wanted To Know The Hidden Secrets Of Great CVs? Well Here They Are…

There is no one right answer when it come to creating a great CV, but there are plenty of things you can do to ensure yours’ doesn’t end up in the trash pile. DYWAJ have come up with three excellent tips for writing your CV that will make sure employers simply won’t be able to get enough of you.

CV, or Curriculum Vitae, might be Latin for ‘the story of one’s life’ but it should in fact represent the opposite

Your CV should be written in a similar style to that of a brochure that is selling a product. When writing your CV, you are the product you want to sell. So, rather than telling your potential employer everything there is to know about you since your life began, you should write your CV with the intention of raising enough interest that you are invited for an interview. So, stick to telling them what is important about yourself in relation for the job you are applying for.

Keep in mind that the recruiter will simply skim over your CV and is likely to only actually read the first page. First impressions count and after about 20 seconds, the recruiter will already decide to either:

· Continue to read the next page

· Accept you in for an interview without even having to know anything else

· Simply bin your CV and move onto the next

I think I know which option I’d prefer! Which brings us onto our next point…

Keep track of how many pages you are taking up

Although it seems brutal, employers aren’t hugely interested in what you have done prior to this prospective role and if they tell you they are interested then they are probably lying!

They are much more interested in your potential capability with the job role at hand and want to be able to see this within two pages.

DYWAJ suggest that you note down all the points about yourself as well as your previous experience. You should then pick out only the most relevant points to put into your CV, preferably into bullet points. If the employer has any further questions then you can be sure that they’ll ask in your interview.

You should portray exactly how you will be of benefit to the company and their clients

A good CV will portray how you as the candidate will deliver value to the company. Think of it this way; the employer is paying you to help them, not the other way around! So, try to avoid telling the employer what you would want out of the position and focus instead on what you will do for them. If they need to know additional information they will ask you in your interview. So, only show your most relevant skills and experience and comment on how these skills will be an advantage to anyone hiring you.

Once you have written your CV with the help of DYWAJ’s top secrets, simply upload your CV to our directory!

Common CV Mistakes Solved!

When working on your CV, a lot of anxiety often arises when trying to make your skills and personality stand out. You want what you have written to comply with the best CV practises possible. Therefore, DYWAJ have come up with the biggest CV mistakes and how to avoid them in order to improve your CV effectively.

Content, content, content!

If you do not execute your content correctly, whether this be choosing the wrong font or errors such as spelling mistakes or unnecessary information, then you risk missing out on being selected for an interview. DYWAJ suggest using simple fonts such as Arial and eliminating unnecessary information, like work experience from years ago (unless it is really relevant to the role). You can also cut out information about your references, as 9 times out of 10 your prospective employer will simply ask for this information if they need it.

Saving CVs incorrectly

A simple way to improve your CV would simply be to save the document correctly. You would be surprised how many people have saved their CV as simply ‘Document 1’! Not only does this make you appear unorganised but it will also ensure that your CV doesn’t end up in the trash can on the recruiter’s desktop! As well as this, you will need to save your CV as a PDF!

Your professional profile isn’t anywhere to be seen

It is known that adding your LinkedIn profile can be very effective when employers are skimming through your CV. It allows recruiters to see how professional you are as well as getting an idea of how you will fit into their work environment. But, it is critical to ensure that your LinkedIn URL works before sending it off to the employer as this will only hinder your chances!

Your layout is incorrect

Now this is a CV mistake that consistently pops up. That’s because unfortunately, there is no one right way to do it. Different employers will prefer different layout designs, but there are a few general things you can consider:

• Start off with your personal information (this needs to be very minimal but should include contact details )

● Then list your experience, with the most relevant at the topJ

● Next list the appropriate qualifications (don’t go into too much detail about every single subject you took at school, just provide information that is relevant to the role)

● You will then need to list your skills, relating them to the requirements listed in the job descriptions

And there you have it! The most common CV mistakes solved – it’s as easy as that! Now all you will need to do is upload your brand spanking new CV to DYWAJ and let employment commence!

DYWAJ Tips To Finding A New Career Path Through Your Passion

When you are struggling to find your next job role, you’ll frequently hear your close friends and family advise you to “just follow your passion” as ask, “well what do you like doing?” However, DYWAJ know first hand that this can be the moment of ultimate panic; ‘what is my passion?’, ‘How am I going to find the perfect role if I don’t even know what I want to do?’ Not to worry! DYWAJ have come up with some fresh ideas to help you find out exactly what path to take.

Start your job search with the right attitude.

Of course, it may be difficult to figure out what your passion is off the top of your head. However, with an ‘I can’t’ attitude your opportunities are going to become even more limited.

Another thing to consider is the question of how many of your close relations are following their passions through their job role? If the answer is not many, then it might be time to expand your circle in order to associate with people who are inspired by their work, providing the boost you need. This might be getting in touch with friends of friends who are following their passion or getting inspired by people in the world of film, TV and books whose career was born from their passion.

Define exactly what part of your passion you love.

Considering what you love about your passion is great practise for finding your perfectly sculpted new career path. For example what part of teaching do you love? Is it leading people or is it the subject itself? From this, you can then build upon exactly what it is you enjoy, enabling you to perform appropriate job research.

DYWAJ suggest that you differentiate between a hobby and a profitable passion.

You might find that you are completely in love with an activity that you find great enjoyment in. However, before setting your heart on this as a career, DYWAJ suggest asking yourself: ‘Who would benefit from this?’ or ‘who would pay for this service?’

It is important to be realistic about whether this hobby could be turned into a career or whether it is simply just a hobby. You may be an aspiring artist, yet might find that by adapting to designing online content, you have the opportunity for a much more profitable business and something which companies are going to pay for.

When taking this process into account, it is in fact relatively easy to find your new career path in an industry you enjoy, in a role you can excel in. So, once you have fully considered your passions and the above points, be sure to upload your CV to DYWAJ’s CV directory and let your new career path commence!