Taking a long, hard look at the strengths and weaknesses of your CV can give fresh impetus to your applications. James Pope, managing director of cycling-focused agency Face Partnership, details the best methods to freshen up a CV.
Tip 1: Presentation is crucial
A professional-looking CV can make a big difference to a recruiter.
"Your CV is a statement about you so how it looks makes a critical first impression," Pope says. "If it is beautifully formatted and well laid out then this gives a positive impression on how you approach your work in general. I am immediately drawn to a well presented CV."
Tip 2: Cut the waffle
Ensure that you cut to the chase and keep it concise.
"Time is important for your potential employer so they want to get the key information about you as quickly and concisely as possible," Pope says. "Get straight to your key skills and achievements and make it punchy rather than using generic terminology such as 'team player' or 'highly motivated' - these are pre-requisites for most roles in sport."
Tip 3: Blow your own trumpet
Don't be afraid to flaunt your abilities and achievements.
Pope says: "I often ask the question in an interview, 'what is your best career achievement to date, what are you most proud of?' Why not include this in the profile or personal statement part of your CV? It is a great way to underline your key strengths and convey some of your passion."
Tip 4: Volunteering is good
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"If you are trying to get into a new sport, volunteer roles can help to lift your CV, especially if you are lacking in relevant experience," Pope says. "Volunteer roles often provide valuable insight into event organisation so this does get recognised on a CV."
Tip 5: Tailor your covering letter
Having an impressive CV is all well and good, but equal attention needs to be paid to the covering letter.
"For me, the covering letter has sometimes got the candidate an interview," says Pope.
"This is an opportunity to tailor your personal pitch to the role and connect your experience to the job description. If you can do this well (and remember to be concise and punchy) then it should help to get you an interview."
Top tip: Utilise LinkedIn
Pope adds: "I often check a candidate's LinkedIn profile, so keep it updated! LinkedIn is an excellent networking tool so if you demonstrate that you are using it effectively and that you have a good network this will send the right message to your potential employer."