When it comes to job hunting in any career path, your CV is the one thing that could separate you from the rest of the pack. In your podiatry career, whether you apply to the public, private or aged care sector, a well-crafted CV goes a long way to getting your foot in the door. If you want to make sure your resume has every chance of being read, then we’ve got some handy hints for you to brush up on before you pound the pavement. Some of these are no brainers, sure, but when it’s your dream job on the line, every little bit helps.
Keep it neat.
It might sound fairly basic, but keeping your CV clearly formatted and easy to read is sometimes forgotten about. So before you get started, have a think about how you can clearly and concisely lay out your relevant information on less than two pages of A4 paper. A lot of the time, recruiters are looking for specific information that’s relevant to the role, so make sure all the necessary information you provide is up-front – you’ll save them time, and possibly save yourself from being looked over too.
Are you right for the role?
Of course, any successful job applicant is usually the one with the most relevant and necessary experience. So before you hit that ‘apply’ button, be sure to double check that you can perform what is being asked of you. More often than not if you can include relevant examples from previous experiences, along with quantitative or qualitative feedback to back it up, you’ll be hard to pass up for the next stage.
Tailor every answer.
With every job that you apply for, there’s different demands, different work environments and a different job description to go along with it. It makes sense then to tailor your CV to the exact role you’re applying for. A good example in the podiatry world is the difference between aged care and a private clinic – each have their own unique work settings and requirements, so take the time to scan through your answers and make sure they sound on the money. Also try to tailor your cover letter each time, as this is often the first impression you make.
Keep it current.
There’s nothing worse than knowing the difference between you and a successful applicant was something you simply forgot to include. That’s why keeping your CV current is a pretty good idea, whether you’re looking for a job or not. Why? Sometimes it’s easy to forget the skills you acquire in each workplace. So every time you take on a new course, or learn something, jot it down for the future. Over time, you’ll find that every time you update your CV, it’ll be a great talking point on how you’re always trying to better yourself and your skill set.
Expand on your experience, skills and interests.
When all is said and done, the most commonly read areas of your CV will be the relevant experience you have, the skills you’ve acquired and your interests outside of work. All three play a major part in building a picture of who you are in the recruiter’s eyes. Your relevant experience gives you the chance to relate particular past work experiences and how they’ll aid you in accomplishing the new role you’re going for. When it comes to showing off your skill set, make sure to highlight the skills you excel at and illustrate how vital they are to helping you in your new position. As for interests? This builds a picture in the mind of your recruiter as to who you are outside of work hours – but it also gives you a chance to list skills you’ve learned on your own. This could be anything form captaining a local soccer team, to conquering computer skills, to excelling at team work or problem solving. If you describe these interests well, it can show initiative and a real willingness to learn outside of work hours.
Your work history, summed up nicely.
Fitting what seems to be a lifetime of work experiences on a few bits of paper is no mean feat. It takes time to sift through all the relevant lessons you’ve learned and skills acquired, then make it seem like you’re the only logical choice for the recruiter to make. Fortunately, with the tips listed above, you’ll not only have a smart and professional looking CV on your hands, you’ll be well versed in your strengths and experiences should your dream job spring out of nowhere. These basic tips also give you the best chance to make sure you go through to the next round – the interview. And we’ve got a few handy tips of our own for that stage too. So why not check them out here while you’re at it?