With the alarming statistic that an employer takes an average of 5-7 seconds to decide on a candidate based on their CV, it’s easy to feel worried about the quality of your application. This short decision time doesn’t leave much room for confusing layouts, selling yourself short or making spelling errors. It’s so important as a graduate to feel confident when applying to jobs, both in your own skills and how well the role suits you.
I’ve never felt that confident applying to roles, and I think that’s largely down to my CV and how rubbish I think it is. I have struggled knowing exactly what to include, how to phrase things, what keywords to use – just all of it really. Which is why I was really excited when an agency, FAC3, asked me if I’d like to have my CV professionally written by one of their team of experts.
In this post I want to outline why it’s important to feel confident when applying to jobs and also the benefits of having your application reviewed by a professional.
First, here’s a bit of background about what FAC3 offer for your CV. You can send over your basic CV template or LinkedIn profile, along with a specific job application that you’d like to aim for. Within 2-3 days, the team at FAC3 will return to you a new keyword-rich, focussed and well thought out CV that you’ll want to send to every job you see. This will allow you to get an external perspective of your skills and expertise and provide you with the industry knowledge of how to get a recruiter’s attention.
Feeling like your application isn’t good enough might stop you from going for roles and opportunities that you’d really like to and may be well suited for. At this age, you can’t afford to say no to something that you’d love to do, so it’s important to combat those feelings of negativity surrounding your application and be confident in the skills that you can bring to a role.
So, how can you feel more confident with your job applications?
Get a professional to take a look and offer that different perspective
Sometimes it can get confusing knowing exactly what to say on your CV, which words to use or avoid and how best to structure the content. I am definitely someone that just threw a few ‘impressive’ things on mine, put the relevant dates and thought that was good enough.
It’s great to get a different perspective on your application, especially from a professional in that industry or someone working within recruitment. When I received my newly shaped CV from FAC3 my initial reaction was “oh wow I am quite good at that, I’ve just never known how to phrase it”. So it’s definitely worthwhile getting a professional to take a look at your CV.
By having your CV written by a professional, you’ll know that your skills and experiences are being highlighted in a way that’s sure to impress the hiring manager.
Keep your CV and cover letter up to date
Whenever you get a new piece of relevant experience or complete a course, remember to add it to your CV. Even when you’re in a role, and have been for some time, it’s important to stay up to date in case something happens to your job.
This is relevant to your LinkedIn profile as well, where people may be looking at your profile in search of a suitable candidate. If you want some advice for this platform, you can read this blog about how to use LinkedIn as a student or graduate.
With FAC3’s service, you can have your CV reviewed and updated for the next year as many times as you’d like. This is really useful if you need a new CV creating pretty quickly or if you want to apply to a diverse range of roles and need your experience tailored to each of them.
Become familiar with the application process
There are many different ways that you can apply to a job these days. Whether it’s a standard CV and cover letter; a psychometric test; video interviews followed by assessment centres – the options seem endless.
To feel more confident in your job search, try to understand all of the stages of the application before applying. This way you’ll know exactly what’s expected of you and when, and won’t be surprised by any aspect. You don’t want to get caught out with a random phone or video interview or be asked to attend an assessment centre that you haven’t prepared for.
If your application is to be submitted via an online portal, it can be quite fiddly to extract your CV data and input all of your experiences manually. With FAC3’s service, you will be provided with a document that is application system ready so you don’t have to manually enter things; it’s all quick and simple.
Overall, I’d highly recommend having your CV written by a professional, and I’m very impressed with FAC3s efficiency and how my CV has been transformed.
What’s one thing you really struggle with when it comes to shaping your job applications? Would you consider having yours professionally written?
If you’re looking for any further support with your job applications or career, make sure you check out my careers blog posts.