If you’re on Global Sports then you are probably either looking for a job or thinking of looking for a job in sport. Whichever it maybe, looming in the darkness is your CV. No matter what, when job hunting, your CV is a vital key to the process. Today there are different and often conflicting opinions as to 'how' your CV should support the job hunt. We hear from Arianna Criscione, who has recently gone through the job finding process following a master degree from The Football business Academy to get her views on what format is best to build the winning CV.
I recently decided to retire from what I like to call my “locker room career” and transition to my “boardroom career.” To do this I decided another degree would be beneficial and I went back to school to get a masters. Today as a recent graduate I am now trying to enter the sports world and more specifically, sports marketing. Lately, I feel my CV is the topic of the conversation with colleagues and prospective employers as I try and get the right formula to an impactful job application. What should it say? What shouldn’t it say? Should I change it every time I apply for a position? Or only when that position is different? And especially this new modern format a one page, multicolored, geometrically organized, professional photo, clear and concise, CV. Do I need to do that too?
This new modern format of one page, multicolored, geometrically organized, professional photo, clear and concise, CV. Do I need to do that too?
After agonizing with all these questions, I decided to spend some time with a little help from friends to have a new and improved one page, multicolored, geometrically organized, professional photo, clear and concise, CV. And from there, I sent it out to all my network. I even officially got a “I had a look at your CV and it is now a "rock star":-) Well done!” from a well-known International Sport Executive a few weeks ago. So obviously, I am writing this from my desk of my amazing job that I got through Global Sports and thanks to my new CV, right? That’s where I wish I was writing this, but as I’m sure you already figured out, I’m not. And that leads me to wonder. Is this new-fangled CV really that important? Or did I waste an entire day?
I started researching different career and job platforms. Monster states “A one-page CV if it is feasible is recommended” and then in another article they say “The one-page resume is ideal for entry-level workers but…” So, then I started to question that if it is only one page does that make the recruiter assume I am not experienced? And all the sites bounce back and forth whether one or two pages is better. Career Addict actually explains the difference between 10 different formats and gives you templates to help you structure your next CV.
After reading numerous articles and blogs the best CV, in my view, is one that is the format that highlights your strengths and personality in the best way possible. This is the place where you get to brag about your achievements in the best light possible. I know it is time consuming, but I believe it is important to read job descriptions thoroughly and add in keywords they use into your CV to make sure you are the best candidate possible. The best CV is the one you feel proud and confident to send. The one that really tells the recruiter who you are and what you can do for them. So, while my new CV has not gotten me a job yet, every time I send it, I am proud of the work I did and believe it shows the recruiter a little bit about me and my personality. If they don’t like what is there than maybe I am not the best person for the role.
This is the place where you get to brag about your achievements in the best light possible. I am proud of the work I have done and believe it shows the recruiter a little bit about me and my personality.
I have recently gone through the challenges of securing a sports industry job and hope my trials and ultimate success can help your journey too. If you have any questions or you think I could help further, please reach out here or via linkedin. What do you like about your CV? What don’t you like? What other problems are you having in your job search? Perhaps I can help from my recent experiences. Let me know.
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