If you are on the job hunt this year, it's important to know where to look for jobs, which companies are hiring and which industries are growing. But it is just as important to have the right tools at hand. Your entry ticket for a new job is your CV. It's often the first thing that a future employer will see from you.
So now that we just entered into a new year, what are the universally agreed-upon elements that are in, and what is new for your CV?
Here are some of the best practices when it comes to crafting your CV in 2012:
Use numbers and proof of what you have done. "Increased sales by 35 percent through client profiling campaign" is better than "Increased sales in my region." Stop putting generic tasks down, and instead, portray what you did in your role or how you brought forth new ideas for products, processes, efficiency, etc. The more you can quantify your efforts with actual numbers or data, the better positioned you will be.
Don't forget the cover letter
The cover letter is a perfect opportunity to sell yourself, and it's where you can infuse personality into your application. But once you craft a terrific cover letter, don't just push it out to every job prospect. Take some extra time to tailor it to why you want that specific job at that specific company and why your skills would benefit the overall organization if hired.
Keywords can be the key
Just as you use keywords to search for jobs, employers are using keywords to find your CV. If a recruiter or manager can put your CV side-by-side with the job requirements and check off the same keywords, you've made his life so much easier. Pay attention to the keywords in the job posting and be sure to use them in your CV and cover letter, because even applicant tracking systems are based on keyword searches.
Get creative with visual CVs
More people are using tools to help illustrate their work history through sites such as Vizualize.me. These sites offer tools to help individuals...