The One Thing Every Employer Wants To See On Your CV
Whether you’re a fresh graduate or an experienced job seeker, you may want to forget everything you knew about writing a CV.
The simple truth is searching for a job can be quite stressful and intimidating. While your LinkedIn profile could be airtight, your references flawless, if your resume bombs, so does your chance at acing your interview.
More so, according to research potential employers spend about six seconds on a CV which makes creating the perfect one even more crucial. What is the typical job seeker to do?
Forget everything you thought you knew about resumes and CVs, including summaries and volunteer experience. According to experts, the secret to a great resume lies in the results.
What experts mean by this is listing your accomplishments on your CV with adjectives like “detail-oriented” or “self-motivated” might seem impressive to you, but odds are the employer won’t believe it until you prove your worth with numbers.
If you want to make an unforgettable first impression on a potential employer, you must show movement and real progress, and quantify your accomplishments with real, hard data. Your results-focused resume will present a more accurate snapshot of who you are and what you can do—and clear the way for others to see that too.
For example, a descriptor like “Successfully trained the customer success team to improve customer communications.” While the task itself sounds impressive, your CV can have more impact when you write “Created 25 template responses and trained the customer success team, reducing average response time to under two hours.”
The difference between the first and second descriptor is that it provides a clearer picture of the direct impact you made on the company. More so, quantifiable achievements do more than spice up your CV.
Irrespective of whether you’re a new graduate or an experienced job hunter, they also tell a story about your past success, work ethic, and credibility. And for employers, that detail can make or break your chances of landing the all-important interview (not to mention the job).