How to make your CV work experience look awesome!
The old fashioned way of writing the employment history or work experience section of your CV was to simply list everything you’ve ever done. All the job titles, the company names, and the tasks and responsibilities would go down under each role. However, this ‘old fashioned’ approach does not cut it any more. Employers are now looking for a more creative approach.
Here’s how to make your work experience section look awesome and bag you an interview…
Show the hiring manager your performance
When writing a CV you’re expected to list down all your previous roles along with the tasks and responsibilities. However, an employer is looking for much more than that. Remember, it’s not too difficult to figure out what you were doing in that previous job from the job title itself. So simply listing the tasks isn’t going to score you any points. Although it’s the standard approach to do this, there is also a little hidden gem we want to tell you about.
If you want to get ahead of the competition you need to demonstrate your performance. Having direct work experience doesn’t mean to say you are actually good at your job. When writing a CV you need to show the employer that you have the skills they require. But you also need to show that you can use them to a high standard.
Remember, the employer is well aware of how biased the writer of a CV is. Every little embellishment and even falsehoods have been stated on each and every CV. So some kind of performance indicator will really stand out. It will definitely separate the weak from the strong applications, and likely put your CV to the top of the interview pile.
Don’t be afraid to use numbers and stats
Depending on your previous results, you may be able to actually provide real stats and figures as to how you performed. For example, let’s say you were applying for a new sales role and you had previous sales experience. The new employer is going to want to see how much money you made. Or, how many sales you made and the targets you hit, and so on. Your career history in sales needs to be showcased with actual numbers if you want to really impress the employer.
These are the types of statements which can add a lot of value to your work history:
‘Surpassed target for 8 consecutive months’
‘Sold 24 cars in the month of March 2019’
‘Highest performing regional sales representative for Q1 2017’
This could apply to anything and not just sales. However, it’s important to remember that you must only provide results and achievements that relate to the new role you are applying for. The exception to this rule is if you have a very unique or outstanding achievement. If you have an example of a time when you went above and beyond and achieved something special, this should always be on your CV – no matter how irrelevant it may seem.
Keeping everything relevant to the employer is important, but that doesn’t always confine you to ignoring your excellent achievements. You want to show the employer that you are capable of great things, so don’t be afraid to include anything of this nature.
Jen Wiss-Carline has been a Senior Manager and Consultant for several sizeable companies which included dealing with all aspects of staff management and recruitment. She is also a Solicitor and Chartered Legal Executive, having been admitted as a Fellow in February 2006.