Your CV is your golden ticket to landing a role, therefore, it should be treated like a financial document. Remember that your CV creates that first impression on your behalf, so it should be detailed yet concise. If you are trying to write your CV for the first time, or if you already have a CV that you want to improve on, then you have come to the right place! Here are 5 main features of a good CV.
- Value proposition statement: This should accurately and concisely explain your unique qualities, skills, accomplishments and strengths, focusing especially on how you would add value to the organisation. Basically, this (statement) shows your ability to meet the employer’s requirement.
- Use of Keywords: Your CV should have a reasonable and sufficient amount of keywords to reflect that you understand the industry. However, it should be used correctly and not just for the sake of using the word. Some examples of Business Analyst keywords include: “Facilitation”, “Process Modelling”, “Elicitation”, etc. Ensure that the keywords you use are tailored to the key requirements of the job description.
- Relevance of information: The information in your CV needs to be relevant to the role you are applying for. It is important for your CV to be concise. Your CV should not be cumbersome. Use bullet points instead of long paragraphs. Include the important sections like contact information, profile, qualifications, work experiences and skills. You can also add some additional sections such as languages or extra training, depending on relevance. Your CV should not detail your entire life. Most recruiters and employers would not be patient enough to read it. Generally, your CV should not exceed 2 pages.
- Tailor your CV to the role: Highlight your experiences, skills and achievements that are most relevant to the role you are applying for. Ensure that they are prioritised and positioned strategically on your CV, preferably just below your profile. Most recruiters and employers just skim through CVs, so you need to ensure that you convey why you are the best candidate for the role within 60 seconds. This is done by prioritising the things that make you stand out. A good way to also draw attention to certain parts of your CV is by making use of a bold font or uppercase letters.
- Always attach a cover letter: A cover letter is a great way to demonstrate how your combination of experiences and skills fulfil the key requirements of the role. It also allows you to show the link between the needs of the employer and your abilities, qualifications and experiences. A cover letter gives you an opportunity to express your personality in a way that your CV cannot.