One thing we can all agree on; In buoyant and growing markets where there is fierce competition for places within organisations for jobs and with so many ways to apply for roles in these modern times having and writing a good up to date CV when applying for jobs is still crucial. I believe it always will be.
The reality is you only have a tiny window to provide a brief snapshot of your experience to excite the reader, who could be either a Department Head, HR. Professional, one of WRS Tech’s Recruitment Consultants or even the PA’s of the previous. Your aim is to give the reader the urge to call you right away through fear of losing you and what you can offer and crucially give them the edge over their competition.
This all sounds a bit unrealistic right? Wrong – because this is what is really going on every day.
Something that works in our favour is that it is still a very skill short market in the Maritime & Shipping sector. You will always have a great chance of getting a position you are qualified for, or even being under-qualified just by having a good think and presenting yourself in a different way. A well written and presented up to date CV can simply be the difference between getting and interview and not.
We use CV’s as a talking document with both our Clients and Candidates and common feedback from organisations we recruit for on CV’s is quite varied; just some of the things to be avoided that come up:
- Too long, boring to read
- Not detailed enough / too detailed
- Not enough relevant information included for the role
Admittedly it is difficult to get the balance right and what is right for one client will not be right for another.
It is no easy task to just read your CV yourself objectively, or get to get someone to read it for you and provide constructive analysis – although a key tip is to constantly ask yourself, would what is presented make you want to employ you?
Companies like the individuality, character and personality displayed by a CV, but sometimes to re-write or re-evaluate a CV along more standard conventions will give the best impact and give them a flavour of your experience, without giving them too much – wetting their appetite so to speak and giving room for your recruitment consultant to engage with the employer and present you at your best.
Adding things like just a few bullet points outlining your recent roles and responsibilities, as well as some key high achievements will give someone an idea of what you actually achieved, and a likely guide to your value to an organisation without bogging them down in technical detail (especially useful for non-technical HR. professional and the PA’s we mentioned earlier).
CV writing is a very personal experience, especially to someone who has not written one in a long time, or ever. I do encourage you to be honest, clear and to trust your judgements as long as you keep in mind who will be likely reading your CV. It’s also worth remembering that whatever you write in your CV maybe brought up in an interview later or be used in a pro’s and con’s exercise by your future employer.
In summary, it goes back to how you present yourself, if you walked in to a room for an interview tomorrow it is guaranteed you would wear a smart suit, make sure you are well prepared and done some research on the role and company - it’s exactly the way we should be thinking about a CV…
For further details on how to craft your CV and for career advice and opportunities in the marine and shipping field please register your details on this website and contact WRS Tech on 02392633952 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan De Silva
Maritime Resourcer at WRS Tech Ltd
Portsmouth, United Kingdom