Pause whatever you’re doing and listen outside. It sounds like a Monday doesn’t it? Welcome to Let’s Get You Hired! Today what we have for you is some CV help to improve your overall chances of landing that dream gig—or any gig at all, really.
We take these tips directly from Kwame Bene Smith, an HR professional with a lot of insider info when it comes to hiring.
A CV Based On Your Work History
A common type of CV that you’ll see people use is the chronological CV. This type of CV paints a picture of your time in the work force. It allows a prospective employer to trace back where you have been and what you have been doing.
A chronological CV lists your work history in order of date with your most recent position at the top. It usually includes a section at the top where you talk about your career objectives or give a brief career summary.
The reason that the chronological CV is one of the more popular types of CV is that it shows the progression of a career clearly. They can also be easy to compile too as it’s orientation towards dates helps you note down the details of your own job history.
When You Should And Shouldn’t Use A Chronological CV.
You should use a chronological CV when you have work experience in line with the role. This allows an employer to easily see how you’ll fit into the role based on what you’ve done in the past.
Although a chronological CV has its advantages, remember that we’re focusing on the right CV for the right scenario. There are the times when a chronological CV is not your best option:
1. If you’re just beginning your career, don’t use a chronological CV. In this case, you might want to go for a type of CV which highlights skills instead of work experience which you don’t have a lot of.
2. Also, don’t use a chronological CV when you’re looking to change career fields. Highlighting work experiences that are not in line with the role that you’re applying for can get you rejected.
3. Don’t use a chronological when you have gaps in your CV. Whatever the reason being, if you have been unemployed for long periods of time, you shouldn’t use the work experience CV format as it magnifies that gap in your CV.
4. Don’t use a chronological CV if you change jobs frequently. Employers will be reluctant to hire and train someone who is not going to stay with the company for a long period of time.
We are going to be covering all the different types of CVs in the following weeks. Next week, we look at functional CVs which focus on skills rather than work experience.
Watch the video above for information on all the different types of CVs to use in your job applications.
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