CV tips to help advance your environment career in 2020

Laura Slingo, writer for TopCV, shares her advice on how you can advance your environment career in 2020 through the power of your CV.

There is an ever-growing need for environmental professionals, and the industry paves an interesting and fulfilling career path for ambitious individuals. Whether you’ve been in the sector for years or have a newly found drive for an environmental career thanks to Greta, here are a handful of CV tips that will help you advance your environment career in 2020.

Understand the employer’s requirements - and tailor your CV to suit them

If you’re looking to advance your environment career in 2020, the first thing you need to do is make sure your CV is fit for purpose. In other words, it must respond directly to the employer’s job advert. It’s all very well crafting a beautiful CV that highlights your career’s best bits, but the employer has a very specific gap to fill, and you need to demonstrate your suitability to land the interview.

Before you tweak and tailor your CV, take some time to review the job advert. Consider whether you fulfil the essential requirements; if you do, this vacancy is worth pursuing. Then, as you scan, pull out key words and phrases from the ad description.

On your CV, prioritise the experience that shows how you fulfil the essential criteria by making space for these pertinent points and scaling down less important details. Also, take the key words and phrases you identified in the job ad and add them to your CV as organically as you can.

By drawing attention to the skills and achievements the employer cares about most and utilising terms in their language, you increase your chances of looking like a good fit for the job.

Bolster industry-relevant achievements with evidence

The best way to advance your environment career is by showcasing your potential. How do you do that in your CV? Display your achievements accurately, of course. When listing your experience, explain what you achieved in each position and support your points with tangible evidence.

For example, if you’re an ecologist applying for a principal role, you’ll need to prove that you’re ready for such a senior position. The job ad is likely to require consultancy and project management experience, so you’ll want to list how many projects or people you managed in your last role and detail their scale to highlight your competency.

By drawing on specific statistics, numbers and figures, you offer indisputable evidence of your abilities and show prospective employers what you could be capable of in a new role in 2020.

Format your CV for easy reading

Whatever your motivations are for finding a new job, the new year is prime job-hunting season, and 2020 could be particularly competitive with it being the start of a new decade. With this in mind, you can’t afford to make any application slip-ups.

Recruiters famously spend roughly six seconds reviewing a CV before deciding whether it’s made the cut. To make a positive impression from the off, consider how your CV is formatted and structured.

Firstly, include all the details an employer expects: contact details, personal profile, experience and education. Secondly, keep your CV to two pages, with clear headings for each section and size 11 or 12 font for the body text. And finally, consider replacing chunky paragraphs with bite-sized bullet points for easy, digestible reading.

Follow these essential rules when writing your CV and you can be sure to impress prospective employers and advance your environment career in 2020.

Laura Slingo is a regular contributor to TopCV, the leading CV-writing service in the world. TopCV offers a range of CV-writing services including expertly written and keyword-optimised CVs, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles. Request a free CV review today to find out if your CV can take your environment career to the next level.