The medical, healthcare and construction industries are the biggest in the world, and their growth is unlikely to stop anytime soon (they have certainly been busy in this pandemic!).  These industries are also highly competitive, so it is important that your CV stands out when you are applying for a job within these sectors.

But how do you do that?

1: Get a Few Versions of your CV at the Ready

When you are job hunting, you may think it is enough to have one CV at your disposal. Think again! Having multiple versions of your CV can help you get your foot through the door and land a job faster.

To make the greatest impact on employers, remember to always highlight your experience, but make sure you do not leave out the skills that are transferable in your industry and tailor your CV for every job application.

Perhaps you are applying for a new position in the same industry. In this case, you will need your CV to highlight your overall success in your field and demonstrate why you would be the best candidate for the new role. Maybe you have been searching for a job for a while and you are looking to broaden your horizons. Ensuring your CV caters to various jobs within your industry not only illustrates your versatility, but also makes you a more suitable candidate.

2: Get Your CV Up to Date

With lockdown (hopefully) coming to an end, there has never been a better time to spring clean your CV and get it fully up to date. Think of updating your CV as writing a timeline of your career progress. Think of it as a way to spark confidence to discuss why you are the best candidate for the job. Do not forget to highlight your biggest achievements! Quite often, life gets so busy that we forget to mention all the amazing goals we have set and met, so make sure you update your CV every time you achieve something new.  These are the things that can really set you apart from other candidates.

3: Include Volunteer or Extra-Curricular Work

Including volunteer or extra-curricular work on your CV has many benefits. Not only will it provide information on transferable skills during a career or industry change, but it can also explain any lengthy gaps in your working life.  Including volunteer or extra-curricular skills can also help employers to learn about your interests and life skills, which can be advantageous if you have limited professional experience.

You can include volunteer experience in your professional experience section, skill section or in a separate volunteer section. Remember to add in relevant keywords from the job description that you are applying for as this will link your experience back to the role.

With lockdown restrictions finally starting to lift, it is time to get back out into the big wide world and start living again! We are here to help you in your job-hunting journey and beyond, so make sure you get in touch with us with any questions you have.

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