You know the movie: Bill Murray is forced to re-live the same day, Groundhog Day, over and over again until he gets it right. An extended job search can feel a lot like that. Are you sending the same CV over and over and over again without results?
Not hearing back from potential employers can drain your confidence and positivity, making you lose track of your unique qualities as an employee. Before sending your CV out again for the umpteenth time, take a step back: Rethink the story your CV tells about you.
Get a fresh set of eyes on it
Your CV should give an accurate sense of your qualifications and what kind of employee you’d be. But it can be hard to know if you’re getting the point across within the limitations of the CV format. So ask someone. Involving a trusted outside source who knows you is a great way to make sure you’re telling your story in a way that rings true.
Bringing a friend on board can have additional benefits. For example, rehashing your experiences loosely and conversationally can help you remember details you wouldn’t think of on your own. Plus, spending time with a friend who cares about you can relieve stress and boost your confidence as you continue your job search.
Don’t over-customise your CV
Isn’t it best to customise your CV for each and every job you apply for? Well, yes and no. It’s a balancing act.
If you spend too much time trying to make your CV stand out, you could be missing the things that employers are actually looking for. The biggest thing you can do to stand out is add details about your responsibilities and achievements for each position.
If your career path has been more of a squiggle than a straight line, try separate headings for “relevant experience” and “additional experience.”
You don’t have to do a complete overhaul of your CV each time you send it out, but at least scan it to make sure it speaks to the expectations mentioned in the specific job listing. Using keywords wherever possible can make a big difference.
Be in a good mindset while you work on your CV
Writing and updating a CV isn’t most people’s idea of fun, but you can take steps to feel as relaxed, comfortable and confident as possible.
You may want to play some music while you update your CV. If you’re feeling discouraged, listen to music that gets you pumped up. If you’re feeling anxious, play music that soothes you. If you’re feeling distracted, try something that helps you focus. In general, don’t be afraid to experiment with how, when and where you work — whatever gets you in the ideal frame of mind can help.
Get professional help
You can also rely on professional contacts, such as your Aerotek recruitment consultant, to take a look at your CV and point out any issues they see.