Your CV and cover letter are the first point of contact you will have with a potential employer. Therefore it is essential that they give off the best possible first impression of you, in order to persuade an employer to take your application further. It is at this early stage where you must begin to show why are you are the best candidate for the position. In this blog, we will discuss the benefits of a good CV and cover letter.
Catch recruiters’ attention
Employers are inundated with job applications, and you can vastly improve the chances of your CV getting the recruiter’s attention by ensuring that it is well put together. A good quality CV will stand amongst your fellow job applicants and is more likely to garner a response from an employer. Think about it, if your CV has grammar errors and is missing crucial information, the recruiter will quickly discard it and focus on the well-written CVs as they have many applications to get through.
Tailor your application to the job description
The combination of a tailored CV and cover letter will give you an edge in your quest for employment. Once you have come across a position that you are interested in, look at the job description and tailor the information on your CV to match the requirements of the job in question. For example, if the job requires good communication skills, you should state that you have good communication skills in the skills section of your CV. To further boost your chances, you should add a tailored cover letter, which will allow you to go into greater detail as to your suitability for the role, as a CV is usually required to be concise. This will make it easier for the recruiter to see why you are a good fit for the position.
Fill in the recruiter
Your CV and cover letter enable you to answer questions a prospective employer will likely ask before you have even attended an interview. A well structured and informative CV/Cover letter is appreciated by recruiters and shows you have thoroughly read the job description and taking time to think about what they would want to know in order to be considered for the role. As a result, the recruiter will feel less hesitant to invite you in for an interview.
Prepare for your interview in the process
The process of improving and tailoring your CV and/or cover letter for a particular job does not only mean that you will show a recruiter that you’re the ideal candidate; you will also become well versed in what the employer is looking for. Whilst tailoring your CV/cover letter to a job description, you will get a very good idea of the kind questions they’re likely to ask, which will aid your preparation for a potential interview. There are many apps and tools to help you if you’re looking for a job including free CV resources.
A lot of job seekers don’t put the necessary time and effort into their CV and cover letter. By creating a high quality, tailored, CV you will make a great first impression and stand out from the rest.