Here are 5 helpful tips to help you develop your CV.
Searching for the right job can be very difficult. It’s normal to send or post your CV’s for a church job and think, “Will anyone even read this?” There are, however, a few relatively simple things you can do to help your CV stand out.
1. Audio or Video (if required).
Whether you are applying to be a Teaching Pastor, Worship Pastor, or even Youth Pastor, it’s a good tip to include a video or audio samples available of you in your element. These don’t necessarily need to be from a big stage setting on high-end equipment, just the best you can do. If that means using a smartphone to record you teaching a lesson or leading worship at your church, that is better than not having anything. Adding this to your CV will save the church or search team time in reviewing your information and trying to find a sample of your teachings online as well as get a fuller picture of who you are.
2. List your links.
In this day and age, if you are a candidate for a ministry position, the team looking over your CV will be looking you up on social media. The easier and more accessible you make this information, the better. Your social media accounts give churches the chance to see how you interact with people and what you are posting. If you are on any social media accounts, make this information clear on your resume.
3. Be specific, not vague.
Don’t be vague or talk in generalities when it comes to your experience. If you have worked at a church, make sure to list the location as there can be many churches with the same name across the country. When going over your accomplishments, strength and gifting, give specifics on what steps you implemented to achieve your goals and how your strength enhance how you work.
4. Add your pic.
“Putting a face to your name” helps make a connection for the person reviewing your information. God wired many of us to be visual learners, and 90% of information transmitted to our brains is visual. We remember faces way easier than we do a stack of information, and even one picture on a CV is going to make it stand out compared to all the black and white text-only resumes next to it.
5. Keep it simple.
Keep your CV formatting, clear, simple, and easy to read. When your looking through stacks of standard black and white CVs, clear and minimal is nice to read. You may want to include your spiritual journey and background, but don’t give unnecessary useless information about the time you broke your arm when you were 7. Less can often be more, but make sure you give enough information about you so that it feels like the people reading get to know a little but about who you are..
These are a few simple things anyone can do to make their CV stand out a little more. The most important advice we can give is to make sure to double and triple edit your CV, then have a handful of friends and family members proofread it, too. Look for spelling errors, typos, misaligned bullet points, etc. You don’t want these things to be the reason your CV stands out to the person evaluating it.