The new year brings countless opportunities for new trends, job-seeking techniques, and hiring strategies. However, one thing remains reliably steadfast in the recruitment world, and that’s the ongoing importance of the CV.
In 2019, your CV will continue to be one of the most crucial documents you can take with you into the job market. Every hiring manager will want to see evidence of your past experiences, skills, and accomplishments before they move you onto the next stage of recruitment – no matter how highly-recommended you are.
In fact, according to the Association of Graduate Recruiters, the lack of a compelling CV is one of the main issues that leave young people struggling to find a position.
So, how can you make your CV stand out to membership organisations this year?
1. Customise your CV to Suit the Role
A CV must always be tailored to suit the specifics of the position you’re applying for. By customising your CV, you’re showing professional bodies and trade unions’ hiring manager that you’ve done your research into the company and that you’re genuinely passionate about working with them.
Make a list of any critical competencies you notice when you’re reading through the job description. You’ll want to echo those skills in your CV wherever possible, if not in your experience and education, then in your personal statement where you discuss talents that you’d be eager to learn.
Every time you add something to your CV, ask yourself if it shows you to be the kind of employee the organisation is looking for. If a point doesn’t improve your chances of getting the job, leave it out.
2. Show Soft Skills and Cultural Fit
Though technical skills are crucial, it’s also worth taking steps to show the business that you’d be a good match for their company culture. For instance, if you know your hiring manager is searching for a friendly and punctual person, structure your CV to show those assets.
Today’s trade organisations and membership groups want to see evidence that their candidates have the soft skills to interact positively with both their colleagues and potential clients. Soft skills might include:
- Communication: When you work for a membership company, you’ll spend a lot of time communicating and collaborating with others.
- Teamwork: Many employees in membership groups spend a lot of time collaborating with other staff members. For instance, a marketing specialist may work with a sales team to come up with a new campaign.
- Emotional intelligence: Your CV and cover letter can show a hiring manager that you understand the part you’ll play in keeping your team running smoothly.
3. Use Detail Carefully
It’s easy to get carried away when you’re trying to demonstrate your best qualities in a CV. However, remember that the hiring manager reading your application will have a lot of work to do, they don’t have time to assess countless pages of information.
Aim to address key facts about your experience, education, and abilities within two pages or less. If you’re worried about details getting lost on page 2, you can include a small “core skills” section underneath your personal profile with bullet-point information about your achievements.
As you refine your CV, remove anything that isn’t relevant to the job description, and remember to give evidence where you can. For instance, if you improved membership subscriptions in the last year, say, “I improved subscriptions by 26% in the last 12 months with my previous employer.” The more specific you can be, the better.
4. Always Check for Mistakes
A CV is your chance to make the right first impression on a potential employer.
Showing your skills and background is crucial, but you’ll also need to be careful to ensure that you haven’t made any common mistakes that might send a hiring manager looking elsewhere.
The document you send to a recruitment company like membershipbespoke, or a membership organisation should demonstrate how much time you’ve put into crafting the right application. That means double-checking for any grammar, spelling, or formatting mistakes. Make sure:
- The CV is easy to read with a clear and cohesive font.
- The document is titled correctly with your name, and the file is saved “Your-Name-CV”, so it’s easy to find on a computer.
- Your sentences are short, well-articulated and to the point.
5. Add a Cover Letter
Finally, one of the best ways to make sure that your CV stands out in 2019, is to add a cover letter.
Cover letters give candidates another opportunity to cover any crucial details they might have missed in their CV. With a few simple sentences, you can show that you’ve researched the business that you’re applying for carefully and convince a hiring manager that you’re ideal for the role.
Remember, your cover letter is a great chance to highlight your personality and prove that you’re a good fit culture-wise. Don’t just cover why you want to work for the membership organisation in question, structure your cover letter to highlight how you can help the business to achieve its goals.
The membershipbespoke group remains the only specialist recruitment organisation in the UK, which offers a dedicated service tailored to the needs of Trade Associations, Unions, Professional and Regulatory Bodies.
We use our considerable expertise in successfully recruiting for positions across every department within a membership context. To find out more call us on 0203 4403653 or email us here.