Creating your Executive Level CV
Taking time to create an Executive Level CV will open all sort of new career and job opportunities for you.
You´ll need a CV which clearly showcases your value, sales proposition, potential and trademark if you want to be picked out by hiring employers, recruiters and head-hunters.
That´s right your CV must do a lot of the initial work for you.
Knowing how to sell yourself
These days your CV needs to rank you for your hard skills, be found by the ATS (applicant tracking systems) and most of all engage with the reader.
The competition is tough, and times are uncertain.
Therefore, if you have any concerns about your job security or you want to boost your career progression, you´ll need to ensure your CV showcases your talents and put you in the spotlight. After all, you want to benefit from all your hard work to-date, don´t you?
Maybe you are also looking for a new sense of purpose and direction.
Whatever you want career wise, be ready to up your game and promote yourself like never before. You are going to discover how important keywords are, how to beat the competition by ranking and how selling your benefits will help you to appeal to employers.
Improving your CV while you have time is the best approach. You can then focus on your qualities, your future and of course, what you really want to be doing job or career wise.
Taking a Deep Dive
After all, your CV describes everything of value about you to potential employers. It’s your advertisement to the world.
But at a deeper level, there is a lot more to writing a professional CV, it helps to define your career path. The CV itself is the sum of everything noteworthy in your life, not just your acquired skills and knowledge. It includes your overall career vision, purpose and career direction. That’s why it’s called a curriculum vitae, which is Latin for “course of life.”
Making time to take stock of where you are in life, your career and what you want going forward, is vitally important. Even if you’re not looking for a new job right now, it always helps to think about your career options and possibilities. And being ready to apply when your ideal job or opportunity appears on the radar.
Those career and job possibilities can be based on who you are right now, and also on who you could be in the future.
For example …
- What’s on your CV right now that shows you in a good light? Is there anything on your CV that seems average even though it really isn’t? How could it be said better or in a more persuasive way?
- What are your soft skills? What are you good at that could apply to any job, even one that isn’t in your current field? Candidates often dramatically undervalue their soft skills, take them for granted, and fail to include them on their CV.
- What are your hard skills? What specialised knowledge do you have that makes you a valuable expert in your niche or profession?
- What’s missing from your CV that should be there? It could be something as small as a certificate course or a membership you forgot to add. It could also be something as important as your current position and all your wonderful recent achievements.
- What would you like to be able to put on your CV? What skills and knowledge are you missing that you’d love to later but don´t know how to word them?
Let’s elaborate on that last point.
Since millions of people are using their work and home to gain more skills, update their existing knowledge or plan their future, you might as well join them and do something to create a better future for yourself and your family.
After all, your CV is a showcase of the best of you. It covers your best skills and achievements. So if there really is something missing, there’s no better time than today to remedy that.
If you’re not sure where to begin, there’s a huge inventory of online courses available these days. Many have been free during recent times. Check out Udemy or Coursera, if you haven’t already done so.
This is your chance to further develop highly valued hard skills such as coding, Excel or Python knowledge.
Build upon what you already know
To take your job and career to a new level, you need to step up. Show your commitment to what you do each day by building your skills and knowledge. It’s important to recognise that employers expect this level of drive and passion. Employers aren’t searching for novices but masters, so seize any opportunity you can to become a master at what you do.
For example, challenge yourself to learn something new in a very short period of time. Could it be Excel Pivot tables or VB for you? Then devote a week to practicing on anything you can think of. None of us know when these skills will be required, so focus on how you can make a quick gain to get ahead.
Everything that you achieve can go on your CV showing that you are investing in yourself and constantly updating your professional and work related skills.
There’s more you can do if you’re feeling especially motivated to build your personal brand and professional reputation.
Reach out to other people and network
Write articles and blogs that demonstrate the level of your hard skills, knowledge and appeal to employers. LinkedIn is perfect place to do this.
You can also start your own website and use it as a living, breathing journal of what you know and can do better than the next man or woman. If you don’t know how to start a website, then make that your first learning experience.
The world is in a state of evolution and change and that means you must be willing to change too. Those who dare to learn, develop and expand their expertise will survive and thrive. Why not be one of them?
Write your Winning Sales Pitch
Do you lack the confidence to write a CV with a convincing sales pitch for your next career move? Are you unsure of what employers will be searching for and how to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to go jobwise?
Career Consultants has 28 years of experience doing exactly that.
Please reach out and contact us if you need advice on writing your new sales pitch ensuring your CV ranks you for the type of jobs you want.
Our professional CV Writers know exactly what employers in your niche are seeking and how to portray your hard-won skills, experience and achievements in the best possible light.