Whether you’re looking for your dream job or a ‘fine for now’ job after arriving in Ireland, you will need to have a Curriculum Vitae (CV) that stands out from the crowd. A CV is similar to what is known in North America as a resume and preparing a CV is vital if you want to find a great job in Ireland.
Ireland’s economy is continuing to grow from strength to strength, and this means that there are a countless number of job openings appearing on Linkedin, job websites and newspapers every week, as well as through more traditional networking practices — the so-called ‘hidden’ job market. However, the growing number of people just like you who are moving or returning to Ireland means that competition for these positions is often intense. If you want to make sure that your CV gets to the top of the pile, then it better be in good shape, showcasing your skills and experience in a way that employers can identify quickly and easily. A great CV is the first step to obtaining secure employment in Ireland.
Why is preparing a CV so important?
The first thing you need to remember when it comes to preparing a CV is that its primary aim is to help you find you a job in Ireland. Anything not oriented toward this goal is superfluous, and that needs to be kept in mind as you create your CV and tailor it for specific positions. Employers in Ireland will usually assess your suitability for a position based on this document alone.
Your sole objective in preparing a CV is to attract the reader’s interest so that you get an interview. Shift the focus away from telling the employer everything about yourself. Instead, focus on things that will make them believe you can help their company.
To do that, you must avoid simply listing your duties in each role. Instead, refer to achievements that other candidates may not be able to put on their CV. Stand out from the crowd and you have a far better chance of getting the job you want.
What makes a CV different?
One of the biggest mistakes that we see from people intending to move to Ireland for the first time is that they mistakenly assume that an Irish CV is the same as a resume in their home country. Worse still, many assume that it is identical to the typical North American-style resume. This is a misconception that needs to be quashed right away.
Failure to take the time to learn what makes a CV different to a resume looks lazy and will, in all likelihood, reduce your chances of even getting an interview, not to mention a job. So, if you want your CV to stand out for all the right reasons, the first thing you need to do is make sure that your CV looks like a CV, reads like a CV, and acts like a CV.
When it comes to an Irish CV versus the classic North American resume, the one thing that they have in common is tone. Both documents will be formal; however, that does not mean that they are identical. In fact, a great resume could often end up being a poor or average CV, and vice-versa.
With that in mind, here are some of the main things to keep in mind when preparing a CV for work in Ireland.
- First things first, a CV is a longer document than the more concise North American resume. The reason for this is that the average CV will include important information on your education, work, skills and achievements. In addition, it should also include a short biography as well as your name and contact details. On average, a CV will be about two to three pages in length and will often be accompanied by a cover letter to further enhance your application.
- Another differentiating factor of the CV versus resume divide is that a cover letter is often a requirement for a job application in Ireland, whereas this is typically not the norm in North America, where it is generally the case that each resume is tailored for the specific job being applied for.
- The longer length of a CV means that you should always make sure that it contains enough relevant keywords pertaining to the job you are applying for. The easier it is for a HR manager to scan your CV for relevant skills and employment history, the better your chances of being successful with the job application are. Indeed, it may not even be a HR manager scanning your CV, as the increasing popularity of tracking software sometimes leaves the initial work to technology. Therefore, using appropriate keywords and formatting is arguably more important today than ever before.