Must-Read Tips For Tailoring Your CV to The Job Description

author profile picture

by Rebekah Valero-Lee on

Want to increase your chances of landing an interview in the new year? You need to tailor your CV to the job description.

Tailoring your CV doesn’t mean you have to rewrite it every single time. It’s simply a case of making a few tweaks here and there to show recruiters exactly why they should hire you. After all, no two jobs are exactly the same.

And, there’s no time like the present to get ready for the new year.

Utilise the following tips for tailoring your CV to ensure it appeals to every employer.

Understand the requirements of the role

It can be too easy to get excited about a job and submit your application without taking the time to make sure your CV highlights your relevant experience.

Once you’ve found a job that you really like the look of, take some time to go through the job description and identify the requirements you fulfil. These could be direct matches via hard skills, or loose matches via transferable skills.

Do you fulfil the criteria?

If you do, great news; it looks like this job is a great match for you! If you don’t, you might be better off searching for a role that does suit your experience and capabilities, rather than applying for this job and keeping your fingers crossed.

Inject keywords

Now that you’re armed with a job description identifying why you’re a fit for the position, you can begin to tailor your CV.

Take the keywords and phrases and pepper them naturally throughout your CV. By using the recruiters own language, you make your suitability for the role more obvious. Plus, you’re more likely to pass application tracking systems (ATSs) which scan CVs for relevant keywords and phrases to check appropriateness before they reach a recruiter.

Tweak your personal profile

Another way to make it clear to recruiters that you’re a match for the role is by tweaking your personal profile.

This section sits at the top of your CV and acts as a short, punchy introduction to you, your skills and your career aims.

Adjust this section so that it targets the job you’re applying for. For example, if the role requires at least two years of industry experience and you have this, say so in your profile, rather than burying this important info.

Cut down irrelevant information

Reducing the detail on irrelevant skills and abilities is just as important as including the relevant.

Recruiters are on the lookout for abilities that suggest you are suitable for their role. But if your CV is brimming with skills not mentioned in the advert, you may cloud the impressive achievements that show you are compatible.

Plus, if you are short on space, removing or reducing the detail of unrelated space will give you some wiggle room.

Just be careful not to cut too much. For example, if a past position is unrelated to the role you’re applying for, don’t remove it entirely from your CV as recruiters will assume you’ve experienced an employment gap. Instead, simplify the detail of the position to the job title, the company, the employment dates and a sentence or two outlining the role.

Keep the structure flexible

You should be familiar with the basic format of a CV: name and contact details, personal profile, experience in reverse chronological order, education in reverse chronological order and references available on request.

However, you can mix up this structure to highlight your best abilities for the role.

For example, if your education is stronger than your work experience, list this ahead of your employment history section. Alternatively, if you’ve experience a career change, you might like to break up your experience section into industry-related roles and other roles.

You might also like to introduce a “key skills” section underneath your personal profile to show off your most relevant industry experience immediately.

While these tweaks and adjustments take a little extra time and effort, they’re easy to make and will improve the quality of your CV for your applications.

Laura Slingo is Digital Copywriter for the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library. For more expert advice on job searches, careers and the workplace, visit their Career Advice pages.


Cx Jobs

Security Associate/Administrator

A Security Associate is required to work for our client BAE Systems in Barrow-in-Furness. The purpose of the role will be to execute routine security responsibilities for the assigned workstream in order to protect BAE Systems, its people, infrastructure, information and assets, as well as the interests of its shareholders and customers, and to fulfill regulatory and legal obligations. Duties will involve; - Coordinate and carry out security tasks based on relevant policies, standards, procedures and best practices of the assigned workstream. - Respond to and maintain records of security incidents, escalating where needed - Provides regular reports on security activities to inform decision making at more senior levels - Support security investigations through the provision of information - Assure the integrity of BAE employees working in the assigned business area by maintaining personnel security and access control processes and procedures. - Provide advice and guidance for the business area on routine security queries - Advise and train others, with support from senior colleagues, in routine security procedures - Support the security culture by raising security awareness among employees in the local area (i.e. through security inductions) and modelling behaviours that demonstrate BAE System The successful applicant will have a good knowledge of relevant security services, e.g. personnel security, information security, cyber and IT security, cryptographic management, asset protection, etc. You will have good understanding of legislation and regulations. You will have experience in interacting and communicating with different levels of seniority and with customers, and ability to exercise tact and diplomacy. Good written and verbal communication skills are required along with a good working knowledge of MS Office applications. An appropriate entry level Security qualification from a certified body, where relevant. You will be able to achieve and maintain required mandated SQEP for nuclear security and safety baselines if required.Morson is acting as an employment business in relation to this vacancy.Administration; filing; e-filing; GDPR; secretarial; data entry; data input; Excel; Word; Outlook; Access; MS Office; booking system; business support; database management; diary management; minute taking; document control; security coordinator; security administrator; security clearance; MOD Morson is acting as an employment business in relation to this vacancy.

FPGA Engineer

FPGA Design Engineer 3-6 Months Contract Dorset *Dorchester* (DT2) £X0.00 P/H LTD Job Description A technology and defence (maritime) organisation are looking to add a FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) engineer to the team in Dorset, the successful candidate will be joining the team with to develop programmable logic design solutions, to high functional integrity levels. The successful FPGA Design Engineer will have the following responsibilities * Translate customer requirements into a firmware specification. * Create feasible preliminary architectures from the firmware specifications. * Carry out detailed implementation of RTL, constrained Place and Route and timing closure. * Derive verification plans to address design requirements. * Prepare related test cases to verify that the implemented design meets the requirements. * Design and utilise both unit level and BFM style verification test benches to exercise RTL. * Produce accurate written documentation to fully support the design for both internal and external customers. The successful FPGA Design Engineer should have the following skills & attributes * Proficiency in the use of a simulation tool e.g. ModelSim, Active-HDL, * Proficient in the use of Vendor design tools such as Xilinx Vivado or Altera Quartus Prime * Design and delivery of digital systems targeted at Programmable Logic Devices * IP Block design and Delivery * FPGA Verification using Self-Checking Testbenches * Producing high quality behavioural models FPGA Design Engineer £50.00 P/H 6 Months Contract Dorset (DT2) ADDITIONAL WE SEEK A FPGA ENGINEER WHO HAS WORKED IN A MILITARY / DEFENCE ENVIRONMENT / INDUSTRY WITHIN THE LAST 12 MONTHS OR WHO IS CAPABLE OF OBTAINING SECURITY CLEARANCE (SC LEVEL MINIMUM) FPGA Design Engineer 6 Months Contract Dorset *Dorchester* (DT2) £50.00 P/H Job Description A technology and defence (maritime) organisation are looking to add a FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) engineer to the team in Dorset, the successful candidate will be joining the team with to develop programmable logic design solutions, to high functional integrity levels. The successful FPGA Design Engineer will have the following responsibilities * Translate customer requirements into a firmware specification. * Create feasible preliminary architectures from the firmware specifications. * Carry out detailed implementation of RTL, constrained Place and Route and timing closure. * Derive verification plans to address design requirements. * Prepare related test cases to verify that the implemented design meets the requirements. * Design and utilise both unit level and BFM style verification test benches to exercise RTL. * Produce accurate written documentation to fully support the design for both internal and external customers. The successful FPGA Design Engineer should have the following skills & attributes * Proficiency in the use of a simulation tool e.g. ModelSim, Active-HDL, * Proficient in the use of Vendor design tools such as Xilinx Vivado or Altera Quartus Prime * Design and delivery of digital systems targeted at Programmable Logic Devices * IP Block design and Delivery * FPGA Verification using Self-Checking Testbenches * Producing high quality behavioural models FPGA Design Engineer £50.00 P/H 6 Months Contract Dorset (DT2) ADDITIONAL WE SEEK A FPGA ENGINEER WHO HAS WORKED IN A MILITARY / DEFENCE ENVIRONMENT / INDUSTRY WITHIN THE LAST 12 MONTHS OR WHO IS CAPABLE OF OBTAINING SECURITY CLEARANCE (SC LEVEL MINIMUM)

Electrical Mate

ELECTRICAL MATES - NEWCASTLE CITY CENTRE - THE SPARK BUILDING - 5 MONTH CONTRACTOur client are a leading M&E Contractor that specialise in commercial projects across the UK. They currently require the services of Electrical Mates to start on their new build, high rise commercial project in Newcastle City Centre. Candidates are required to have ECS, PPE and previous experience across commercial projects.For more information, please contact Scarlet Wilson on 01617071516.

Electrical Production Operative

Production Operatives (Electrical) - Sherburn-in-Elmet - £10.53 P/H - Immediate StartAre you the kind of person that thrives on working in a high-performance environment, where every day is new and challenging, and you will have the opportunity to change communities across the Country?Here at Legal & General Modular Homes, our vision is to make the housing market fairer for all.We design, manufacture, construct and install high quality, precision-engineered homes in dry, controlled conditions. Our 555,000 sq ft factory in Yorkshire (Europes largest) has the capacity to produce up to 3,500 affordable, sustainable homes per year, creating progressive careers across multiple disciplines.Due to the rapid expansion of our world class facility, we are now recruiting further talented production colleagues to join this truly unique opportunity. In our fantastic Modular Academy, we will give you all the required training to be the very best in your role, including learning new skills in Modern Methods of Construction!We set the bar high at L&G Modular Homes! We only welcome new colleagues that can demonstrate the following:High performingStrong work ethicFull agility & flexibility to performIntegrityPromote an inclusive & great working environmentWe want you to join and champion our core values of collaboration, straightforward, Cost & Value, purposeful & continuous improvement. These are the building blocks (no pun intended!) of how we operate as a business.We are specifically seeking candidates who enjoy manual work and have experience in any of the following areas: Assembly, tiling, stud & dry lining, tape & fill, painting, joinery, plumbing, electrical, basic DIY or general construction skills.We want to show the world what we can do, and we enjoy doing it!**We are looking for a number of colleagues to start in our facility throughout all of 2021. Although we are currently operating a day shift - we will be moving to a shift pattern and all applicants need to be flexible around an early & late shift.**Due to the location of this role we require people who would be able to drive/walk or cycle to site. All colleagues that join L&G Modular Homes are subject to background screening including DBS check.Interested? We look forward to hearing from you!COVID-19The health & safety of all of our colleagues is our number one priority. We have strict social distancing measures on site and it is currently mandatory to wear a face mask in all areas.L&G Modular Homes is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are based on business requirements, job needs and individual qualifications relevant to the role and are not influenced by age, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or disability status.For more information on this role, please contact Scarlet Wilson 01617071516.

Austin Distel Va Opp86kf Q Unsplash

Advertisement