Responding to a job ad or submitting a spontaneous application? Give yourself every chance. Adapt your master CV to show what you want, emphasize your skills and give the employer the impression that you are truly targeting their company.
Take the time to learn about the company! It will show them that you are a good candidate. Then you can adapt your CV to the ad.
Learn about the company and the type of job you’re targeting.
To learn more about the employer’s potential expectations, read other job ads for the position you’re seeking.
Then adapt your CV as if you were responding to a specific job ad.
Keep all the parts of your CV that the recruiter is expecting to read: your experience, skills and knowledge. Only keep the parts that are distinctive and relevant. At this stage, sometimes it’s a good idea to re-write or develop these parts, for example, using the employer’s words and phrasing.
Give pride of place to key information, such as your specialization, achievements related to the position, education or important professional experience. How? Put these things in the first half of your CV, or at the top of a list (duties). If needed, put them in bold font to emphasize their importance.
Flag anything that doesn't seem useful. Feel free to delete or summarize it. Don’t distract the recruiter with information that is unrelated to the position requirements.
If you have job experience that’s not related to the job at hand, you can mention it, especially if cutting it would create an unexplained period of inactivity. Be as concise as possible. Don't talk about your responsibilities for these positions.
The Profile section can be added sections taken from your master CV. It establishes a link between what you have to offer and what the recruiter is looking for.
Examples of what to include in your profile:
To write a winning profile, use the key words you identified in Step 1 that describe the employer’s expectations. Make sure that these are reflected in your profile.
If you skip this step, you will likely disqualify yourself by submitting a document that contains typos. These details say something about you and your professionalism!
Make sure your application arrives safely and in keeping with current standards.