CV Writing for Not for Profit Professionals
Published: 20 Feb 2012 By Third Sector Jobs
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The competition for jobs in the not-for-profit sector continues to intensify. Whilst it can provide for an extremely rewarding and fulfilling career, getting to interview is more difficult than ever, particularly for those looking to move into charity work.
Your CV is often the first and only chance to make an impression. Yet with upwards of 50 applications for most jobs, and recruiters spending less than 30 seconds reading each CV, how well is yours standing out?
If you are looking for your first charity role, it is vital you show empathy for the aims of the organisation you are applying to together with a demonstrable passion and commitment for working in this environment. Think about the transferable skills you’ve gained and how these can be applied within this area? Any volunteering experience will be warmly welcomed.
There are many experienced professionals in our industry who have achieved fantastic results as part of their job – yet when it comes to their CV, sell themselves short. People often tend to fall back on tired recruitment clichés such as ‘dynamic’ or ‘forward thinking’ (that could apply to almost anyone) or simply don’t market themselves well at all.
Think of your CV as a personal sales brochure. You only have the briefest opportunity to attract a buyer. So when the eyes of the recruiter meet your CV it needs to have immediate impact. You must really sell yourself. And, importantly, back up what you say. This may be one the trickiest aspects of writing your own CV. It doesn’t feel natural for many people to highlight their own achievements let alone ‘sell’ themselves.
The first thing to do is to write an original statement about your individual qualities in the ‘Professional Profile’. Keep it short - 4 or 5 lines should do it - but try to make it different. In the ‘Career History’ section focus on your achievements. Too many job seekers write in great detail about their responsibilities forgetting the focus needs to be on results.
Recruiters love facts and figures. They’re indisputable. They place a real value on what you’ve achieved. It’s fine to write about team achievements too. Numbers, percentages, fractions, time scales: facts and figures stick in the minds of recruiters not job descriptions.
If you are not getting the interviews you should then perhaps it’s time re-visit your CV? When you think of how important a CV is in terms of your future career prospects perhaps it’s not surprising that more and more job seekers are turning to professional CV writers for help.
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