Tips For Temps: The CV
Welcome to Tips For Temps, a regular series that does — well — what it says on the tin. With the help of our recruitment experts, we provide you with our best advice for carving out your temporary career.
Your CV is a snapshot of you. It is the first, and might be the only, thing that employers see when considering whether you are right for a role; so it’s crucial to make it stand out. Here, we explain some of the ways to catch a company’s attention, and make the perfect first impression.
Copy & Paste
If you’ve already notched up a lengthy search history on how to write CV’s, you will know that sticking to a single side of A4 is highly recommended. This can be challenging, especially as many people who temp do so to support other professions, explore career changes, or provide financial stability whilst studying. How, then, do you decide what to put in, and what to leave out?
While a CV should only be one page in length, you don’t only need to have one CV. When applying for temp work, you should go back over all of your previous work experience, qualifications, and extracurricular activities, and then select those that are relevant to the types of temp roles you are interested in. Use this to create a new CV, specifically for temping; where, rather than companies having to tirelessly shift through your job history and skill sets to find ones that are applicable, you provide them with a succinct summary from the offset.
Don’t Forget The Details
So, you’ve created your new temp-tailored CV, listing all of your relevant experience; but, have you explained how that experience is relevant? Recruiters aren’t mind readers. They want to know whether you are capable of undertaking a job, and your CV should answer that question. To convince recruiters of your suitability, you should detail what was required of you in previous roles. For example, if you worked as a office manager for 6 months, include a brief summary below this listing of the various tasks you undertook. Similarly, you should highlight the skill sets you have gained from extracurricular activities; for instance, if you are part of a sports club, you could note that this has developed your ability to work in team, and make decisions which take both the individual and the group into account.
Sprinkle In Something Unexpected
Are you a black belt in Jiu Jitsu, or do you enjoy knitting in your spare time? Maybe you’ve lived abroad, or maybe you’d like to live abroad in the future? Recruiters read A LOT of CV’s, and CV’s are very prescriptive; as discussed above, you should aim to keep it short and sweet, including only relevant experience. However, there is an important exception to this rule. Somewhere, perhaps in the personal statement or list of hobbies, you should include a fun fact about yourself. This will inject some personality into your CV, and also make it (and you) stand out from the others.