By Selipha Kihagi
When applying to jobs, your CV is what markets you to the employer and is used during the selection process. Recruiters look at CVs to determine if a candidate should be considered for an interview or not.
This is why as a job seeker you must ensure that your CV is up to standard and makes the employer want to know more about you in a matter of seconds. With the current Kenyan job market, it can be hard to determine what employers want but with the help of a professional in the field, all this can be easier.
So, how do you select a CV Writing Expert?
First, you need to identify why you need the professional CV. It could be that you are not getting called for interviews after making applications or that you can’t seem to decide on the structure to use in the CV or that the CV is just loaded with mistakes.
Melody Mwendwa, a CV Writing Expert and Career Advisor at Corporate Staffing Services says consulting with a Professional on your CV will help keep mistakes at bay, as opposed to doing the CV yourself. “Yes, you can do it, but consulting with an expert will not hurt. It will actually open your eyes to mistakes you didn’t notice,” she says.
You can select a professional to do your CV through one of these 5 ways.
1. Ask a friend or network for reference
Once you are referred to a specific professional or company with the CV writing service, you are in a position to know what to expect. The person referring you should either have had a professional CV done by the firm or know someone who did, this way you are better placed to trust the firm or professional.
2. Look out for professionals willing to dialogue first
Some firms or CV writing experts may just ask for your information then tell you they will work on it, but there are those that will call you or do an email to get to know you first. If they show interest in knowing more about your career before telling you the CV needs to be revamped or deciding to work on it, then you are getting a good deal.
3. Pick someone who understands your profession
When talking to a prospective CV writing expert, take note of the keywords they use when discussing your CV or as they tell you what employers want from your CV. If they appear to know a variety of things in your profession and can use common keywords dealing with the specific profession, then you are dealing with the right person. Everyone wants to work with people who know what they are doing.
4. Look out for professionals in certified HR firms
A professional CV writer that is affiliated with a registered recruitment firm or career related company is better placed to give you a marketable CV than some who work individually. Why you ask? Because HR firms work directly with employers, meaning they know exactly what employers are looking for in hiring candidates. This then reflects positively on the candidate’s CV.
5. Let Corporate Staffing do it for you
The steps would not be complete without Corporate Staffing Services (CSS) in the list. So how about you consider selecting a CV writing expert from the firm to do your CV for you. You will get to do consultation on the CV first at no available cost and the decision to have it redone professionally or not will solely depend on you.
Having a professional CV will come in handy during the job hunt, so invest in one today and reap the benefits later.
Would you like to have a professional CV? Send a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our experts will contact you.