What Makes a Good CV

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September 22, 2020


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As times change and the digital world moves forward, work-from-home jobs, in particular, are in demand. Luckily, we live in the information age, which makes it more possible than ever before to make a shift from the traditional nine to five to a remote working solution. Professionals across various industries are opting and adjusting their skills to fit themselves in remote job roles. The CV is paramount to ensure that you get picked by recruiters seeking employees who have what it takes to work remotely.

There are no hard and fast rules to write and present an impressive CV but, adhering to the two steps below might land you an interview for a remote position or freelance work.

Step 1 – Keep in mind the specific skills employers seek in a remote employee

  • Ability to work with minimum to no supervision
    Your CV needs to showcase that you are self-motivated and can work without a supervisor checking in all the time. To demonstrate this, you can list situations in your previous job roles or projects where you self-managed and achieved the objectives of the task you were responsible for.
  • Excellent communication skills
    Working at the comfort of your home or any place you choose to work eliminates the requirement of face to face communication in most situations and completely rely on digital channels such as phone calls, messaging, and emails. Therefore a potential employer expects the individual they are seeking to fill up their remote job role to respond to messages, calls, and emails efficiently. Ensure you mention your ability to communicate effectively on the CV.
  • Flexibility
    Working from home requires a good amount of flexibility. Location-independent work and freedom are definite pros of working from home. However, you may be requested to participate in teleconferences or assigned tasks that require you to think outside of the box. Some employers may require you to work unusual hours or participate in offsite meetings. It’s all game when it comes to working remotely. Therefore, make sure your CV reflects that flexibility is one of your strong points.
  • Time management
    Many employers seek people who can meet deadlines while juggling multiple priorities. Include an example of this on your CV’s work history. Write down how you successfully managed to stick to a tight deadline while effectively completing a project.
  • Proficiency in modern technology
    Working remotely most likely involves using a range of programs and software to get the job done. Therefore, many employers expect their employees to be tech-savvy. If you have taken any short courses or online courses to improve your technical skills, make sure to note that down on the CV.

Step 2 – Highlight the skills from step 1 on your CV

A CV entails three main sections. The professional summary, qualifications or skills, and work history.

In the professional summary, you show off your most relevant and top skills, experience, and qualifications. Think of this as your elevator speech. What makes you stand out from the rest. Whatever you feel that your future employer would be impressed in your work history, go in the professional summary section.

In the skills section, you must list all qualifications and skills that you have acquired throughout your professional life, which is relevant to the position that you are applying for.

The work history section is where the recruiter wants to see your qualification and skills in action. Detail your remote-relevant work experience and demonstrate how you succeeded in accomplishing the goals and targets of your previous job roles.

You don’t need to re-write your entire CV to land a remote position. Focus on the two steps above and tweak the content to help catch the eye of a potential employer.

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