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How to customise the CV to each job application

Job search is a common starting point for any candidate: creating a CV with personal information, work experience and academic training. However, not all this information will be equally valuable in each job vacancy and may even end up hurting the candidate's chances of winning that job.

Once a well structured and presented draft document is created, it is time to customise the CV to the job. The objective of creating personalised CVs for each company is to highlight the most important information for the position and to eliminate any unnecessary details, thus presenting the most suitable profile to fill the vacancy. But how does one customise the CV to a job application?

Research the company

The first step to customise the CV is to look for information about the company. Consulting their website, any news in the press or other job offers provides an overview of the company's stability, mission and values, the products or services it offers and the needs it may have in the future. It is about getting an overview of the company before highlighting the main points in the CV.

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The CV must include all the requirements

Job offers include a series of requirements for candidates: qualifications, languages, experience in similar positions ... To ease the selection process it is necessary that these points appear and be highlighted in the curriculum vitae, but without appearing to have been copied. This can be done by placing the experience in reverse chronological order or by including the qualifications.

Find out about the tasks involved

The professional blogs of company employees are a source of knowledge on the responsibilities and functions that usually develop in similar positions. Having this information allows you to select the data to highlight in the curriculum vitae, including experience, skills or training that can be an advantage to the company. In addition, other data may be included that is not indicated in the offer but can be taken into account by the company.


Accept the job offer

The title of the job the candidate is applying for must appear in the curriculum vitae plus the position they held in their previous job. This will create the perfect profile for the candidate. Also, if the job offer specifies a specific date to start, in the section 'Other important details' it is best to mention the availability and starting date preference.

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