When you first step onto the career ladder you are faced with endless opportunities to develop and build upon your skills and experience. The further you progress however, the less these become available to you, which could you leave feeling unsure as to how to progress to a senior level position. The way you need to present yourself in the current job market has changed and you must do so too to in order to attract the role you deserve to have.
Have you reached your career goal within a company and now looking for a fresh challenge? Or are you on the hunt for a higher position somewhere new? It’s easy to think that you’ll be able to find a new role when you’re at the top of the ladder but when you’re looking for your next move it’s not as simple as an entry level employee to find the role you want. What are the barriers that could be holding you back from progressing your career and having a new start at the senior level?
Being in a company for many years and progressing your career within it is a great achievement and one to be proud of, however this may come as a disadvantage when updating your CV. The layout, structure and content of a resume has evolved and what was once thought to be an effective way to market yourself on paper is now outdated.
Don’t ignore the power that a CV has for your job potential. It’s your one chance to get noticed and you don’t want to be overlooked because you haven’t marketed yourself in the best way you could. On average an employer takes 8.8 seconds to look through a resume, they need to see the skills and experience that applies to the job that they are advertising for.
Be specific, don’t write down everything that you have done if it’s not relevant to the role and highlight the work you’ve done that matches what the job spec requirements are asking for. Keep your layout simple and easy to read, keeping everything concise is key and won’t make your CV look daunting or boring to read. It’s all about grabbing the employers, for the right reasons.