How to write a CV tailored to a specific job

On your CV, you’ll want to present yourself in the best way possible. Yet this can make knowing how to write a CV challenging, as while you’ll want to use lots of excellent ways to describe yourself and your abilities, it’s important that it’s relevant to the specific job you are applying for.

One method of improving your CV is paying close attention to the job description and using similar language. A one-size-fits-all approach won’t secure you the desired interview. Showing that you have taken the time to read the job description and thought about why you are the right candidate gives off a good impression, before they have even met you!

DYWAJ have some excellent CV tips for tailoring your CV to a specific job:

Pay close attention to the job requirements

When seeing an advert for a job you know you are suited for, its easy to fire off your CV or start writing things about yourself that you are confident on. One simple CV tip is to cut out what’s irrelevant to the role and make the most of what is. If a requirement is being able to work with others or be confident in giving ideas in team meetings, think about when you have done this and clearly state how, using similar language to the job description.

Adapt the language, but don’t lie

It’s important to take words such as team work, enthusiastic and organised (amongst other common phrases) and put them in your CV. However, if there are aspects of the job description that you don’t have experience with, it’s much better to just leave it out – don’t be tempted to lie!

Refer to the key skills

As well as listing requirements, a job advert will also include desired key skills and this can be one of the easiest ways of improving your CV. It’s likely you will already have said similar things about yourself, but look at how the job advert describes those skills and see how you can adapt your CV, this will clearly show that you have what they are looking for!

Once you’ve taken our CV tips on board, upload your CV to our DYWAJ CV database, or check out our other blogs for more advice on how to write a CV.

Best Interview Questions for Employers to Ask

Do you have any favourite interview questions you ask every single job applicant? If so, you’re not alone! We have spoken to the experts and it seems every seasoned interviewer has developed a shortlist of the best interview questions.

In fact, we have mastered the act of asking short and sweet questions that give you all the information you need – including if they’re a potential cultural fit for your business!

Here are some of the best interview questions you could ask:

1. Tell me about your greatest achievement at work – By asking this question, you are looking to hear what the applicant considers as being important. It also demonstrates what the applicant deems to be an achievement.

2. What kind of oversight and interaction would your ideal boss provide? You want to know how self-motivated your candidate is, especially in a company where a candidate who needs constant supervision will not fit! Vice versa, if you know the boss is a huge micromanager, a self-driven candidate may not succeed in this environment.

3. What prompted you to apply for this job? What interested you the most about this position? If you’re asking these kinds of questions, you are looking for what the prospective employee is most interested in, related to the position. You will get to see what motivates the individual and what is important to the applicant.

4. How would your current boss describe your work and contribution? This question says more about the employee than it does about their current employer. After all, this shows how the candidate perceives the support and opinion of their current boss.

5. How do you go about continuing to develop your professional skills and knowledge? You want to hire an employee who is constantly developing and improving on their skills and job knowledge. Make sure you listen carefully to what the candidate is saying and how they plan to develop their professional skills and knowledge.

Are you getting together your latest job vacancy? When it comes to finding the right applicant, why not start the journey with DYWAJ’s huge CV directory! Our large CV database has thousands of candidates waiting to secure their dream job. So get in touch with us on 0121 726 9520 or today to find out how you can get started on your search. If you’re looking for a job, why not upload your CV to our extensive database! Our team are also here to provide 24/7 support and guidance for all of our candidate, including providing advice ranging from how to write a CV to interview preparation.