Most business decisions are based on facts, and hiring a candidate for a position is no different. If an organisation is going to invest time and money into employing you; they will need to see proof that you can perform.
By now we all know that clichés and buzzwords do nothing to impress recruiters, but many candidates still do not fully understand which facts are sought in a CV. When writing your description, you should always put yourself in the manager’s shoes and think about the evidence you would need to show so that they can make an informed decision.
Your position in the chain of command
If a manager is going to bring you on board, then it’s crucial for them to understand where they can place you within their team. Whether you are overseeing large projects or doing minor tasks, you need to make your position clear. Be sure to describe who you report to, whether you manage anyone and which people are dependent on you.
Who you interact with
Human interaction plays a vital role in the running in any organisation. Employers will need to be satisfied that you are comfortable in dealing with people. Most jobs will require you to interact with a wide range of individuals, so your CV needs to demonstrate this. Evidence that you can build strong working relationships and use them to create beneficial outcomes for your employers is a huge pull factor when coming to a choosing candidates.
Technology is used in every line of work; from computer based tools like programming languages and accountancy software, through to hardware such as machinery and even vehicles. Most roles require some working knowledge of one or more tools, so employers will be keen to understand your ability to use their core systems and hardware. So whether you are an expert coder or a mechanic, it’s essential to specify the tools you are able to use and how you apply them within your roles.
The work that you produce will vary greatly depending on the industry you are in. It could be anything from statistical reports to website pages. Whatever tangible work you produce within your own roles, include it within your CV, quality of the work, and how valuable they are to your customers or internal dependents.
What your employer actually does
This may seem obvious, but surprisingly few candidates include a sufficient explanation of their employers. Before you delve into the specifics of your roles, it’s important that the recruiter understands who you used to work for.
The objective of your roles
The most important aspect that that recruiters will want to know about your previous job is what you were hired to do. Every role should start off with a clear objective statement so the readers can comprehend the bigger picture of your duties.
Recruiters will look for numbers in your CV as a means of quantifying your value to an employer. Figures can provide strong evidence of the return on investment that an employer can expect after hiring you. By including some of the facts in your own CV role descriptions, you will prove your worth to recruiters and greatly increase your chances of landing job interviews.