As one of the most successful rappers of the modern era, it’s safe to say Drake doesn’t need to go job hunting very often. If he was ever in the situation though, he probably wouldn’t have much trouble landing a new gig.
That’s because he knows how to put together a killer CV. Here are his top six CV writing tips, plucked straight from his lyrics.
1. “Know yourself, know your worth”
Writing a CV is actually a really good test of how well you know yourself. Can you identify and showcase your most important strengths in a limited number of words? Of all the skills you have, do you know which ones you’ll keep on your CV – and which you’ll leave out? It’s not as easy as you think.
You’ll have to succinctly demonstrate your worth to a potential employer, “real quick”.
2. “Started from the bottom, now we’re here”
Writing a CV isn’t about listing your past roles on a piece of paper. You have to tell a story – one that makes logical sense and provides context.
When you’re laying out your employment history and accomplishments, make sure you’re presenting them in a way that demonstrates a clear career progression. Highlight job titles that show you moving up in seniority, and mention important skills that you’ve picked up over your career.
3. “Now you’re talking my language”
Many recruiters now use software to digitally screen CVs at the initial stage, making their job easier. At the end of the day though, real humans will be reading your CV, and therefore you need to write for a human audience.
Use plain, simple English. Avoid fluffy buzzwords like “synergise” and “cross-functional collaboration”. If you’re in doubt, get someone else to read your CV to see if it makes sense to them.
4. “Business is business, it’s strictly financial”
It can be tempting to cram as much detail about yourself as you can into your CV. However, it’s essential that you keep to just the bare basics and focus on getting the key facts across.
Limit your CV to your professional achievements and bring in lots of hard, concrete numbers that underline your success. Mention that you raised revenue by x% or increased web traffic by y%. Every employee is an investment, and companies will want to know they’ll get a good return.
You’re more than welcome to talk about your hobbies on a first date – but keep them off your CV.
5. “I’m authentic, real name, no gimmicks”
As mentioned in the previous point, the focus of the CV should be on what value you can bring to the employer. However, it’s important to just be yourself and let your authenticity show.
That means no lying on your CV. You may think you can get away with adding a few “embellishments”, but you will be found out in one way or another.
Instead, focus on highlighting the strengths you do have and aligning these with what the employer is looking for.
6. “When I look back I might be mad that I gave this [no] attention”
So I had to slightly modify this line, but it needs to be on this list. Remember that when reading your CV, many recruiters – some with hundreds of candidates to sift through – are actively looking for ways to disqualify you from the job. They will therefore happily pounce on the first typo they see.
Proofread, proofread, and proofread your CV before submitting it. Get a friend, your mum, and your dog to proofread it. Then proofread it again yourself.
Don’t let poor attention to detail ruin an otherwise great CV.
Implement these simple tips and your hotline will be blinging with calls from recruiters in no time.