How To Sell Yourself in 7 Seconds With Your CV

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If you have just 7seconds to sell yourself to a prospective employer, what exactly would you say and how would you say it? Your answer is what is expected to be seen on your CV.

Recruiters take an average of 5-7 seconds to scan a CV. Your CV is your marketing tool. It must have the power to get the attention you need from recruiters or employers. According to recruiters, CV’s determines whether an applicant will be invited for an interview or not.

Take the chance to market yourself well. Here is how to sell yourself to a prospective employer with your CV within 7 seconds.

1. Make The First Impression

If you really want your CV to be noticed, you need to put in extra efforts. When you look at your CV, what image do you get? Your CV should have the capacity to speak on your behalf and represent who you are and your competencies.

Your personal information must be at the top, followed by your professional summary, then your career objective(s). Always bullet your responsibilities/ achievements, education and work experience. It must have a chronological flow of dates and relevant experience. List your positions with the most recent at the top and the oldest ones at the bottom. Remember to make it simple, clear, concise and devoid of grammatical errors. In as much as you want to impress the recruiter, never lie on your CV.

2. Professional Summary

Your professional summary gives a brief history of your technical skills and experiences. This gives the recruiter a general overview of your achievements and relevant skills in relation to the job and proves that, you are qualified for the job. This should be the first thing the recruiter must notice on your CV, so it is usually placed right beneath your name and contact information. A well written professional summary will get you noticed faster. Do not mistake a professional summary to be same as career objective. They have similar features but serves different purposes.

The major difference is that your professional summary talks about your past experiences while your career objective talks about your future intentions and how you want to make an impact with your skills, knowledge and experience.

3. Career Objective

Your career objective is vital in your job search. When well crafted can attract the attention of recruiters. It portrays your skills, knowledge and your professional key competencies.

Consider it to be the elevator pitch of your CV. When writing a career objective, you must consider your professional industry and indicate the job you are looking for. Most importantly tailor your career objective to suit the job you are applying for. A well-written career objective will prove to the recruiter that you have the right attitude and you are the best fit for the job.

4. Core Competencies

Always make it a point to highlight your core competencies and prove it. These are the relevant skills needed to carry out the job you are applying for. Whatever keywords stated in the job description with regards to key skills must be well indicated.  And how it will help you do the job and achieve the goal of the organization. This is one major reason you must tailor your cv to suit the job. Do not forget that, you are selling yourself to the employer so use the opportunity to showcase your skills and what makes you unique from the other applicants.

If you are wondering how you can tailor your CV in order to catch the attention of prospective employers and recruiters, get a free review from Jobberman today.

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Genevieve Amponsah
Genevieve is a Community Marketer at Jobberman Ghana, who focuses on developing content that answers your questions, whether you are a job seeker or an employer. Her experiences span from news & radio production, to content marketing, SEO copy writing and voice over. She is a great storyteller.