Why you should custom write your CV for each role
Most of us will only ever write one CV in our lifetime, and then simply update it after each job. Unfortunately this isn’t going to impress a new employer! Your CV should command much more of your time when it comes to applying for another job.
As the years roll on it can be easy to assume your CV will be just as effective each time you need to use it. The hard truth is that it will always need to be re-written and adjusted for each role you apply for. This is regardless of how many different roles you send your CV off too. Each business will have its own unique requirements, and you should pay attention to those demands.
Here’s why you should custom write your CV for each role…
A custom written CV is a passionate one
Don’t get caught up in the ‘one size fits all’ rule. No matter how similar the job titles may be, you should still write a different CV each time. A generic CV is not going to stand out from the crowd. You need to take a more unique approach to keep up with the stiff competition you’ll face. If many of the other candidates have taken extra care to evaluate the needs of the business – then so should you.
A custom written CV shows that you are passionate about the role and the company, and that you have clearly listened to what they were asking for. It also shows you are hard working and an ‘outside the box’ thinker. If you are willing to put in the extra time to write your CV specifically for a new role, you are clearly the kind of person the employer is looking for.
The hiring manager likes to feel special
It’s the hiring manager’s job to sort through the huge pile of CV’s that land on his or her desk (or via e-mail if it’s not the 1960’s). Then, create a ‘possible interview’ short list. If you have a CV that hasn’t changed since you started work 10 years ago, it’s obviously going to show its age and won’t do you any favours.
The hiring manager wants to read a CV that shows how well suited that candidate is to the role. If they have to read between the lines it’s probably likely that it will end up on the ‘no’ pile. So don’t make them do all the hard work. Write a focused and tailored CV that demonstrates the right skills. There are certain skills that every employer wants and even expects to see on a CV. Don’t miss out on our ultimate guide – 5 skills every employer expects to see on your CV.
You need to keep your CV up to date
When the time comes to find a new job or even career, you should always write a new CV to ensure it remains up to date. This is important for both the layout and the content within.
Using a ready made CV template will help you to instantly create a brand new, modern and fresh look to your application. So rather than spend countless hours trying to create your own layout, simply choose one from the hundreds of free CV templates we have on our website.
For a fantastic guide on how to customise your CV to each employer you should read – How to tailor your CV to the role.
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.