In today’s highly competitive world, it has become more important than ever before to make a good first impression. This is especially true in your journey to a career in the Motorsports industry where the right qualifications, and even more importantly, the right kind of attitude and enthusiasm are critically reviewed by employers. To make a good first impression, you need to put across the right message with the right presentation and with zero mistakes. This is mainly because employers in the Motorsports industry receive thousands of CVs and have to make quick decisions on whom to shortlist for an interview or for the next step. Hence, if you want to land yourself a dream job in the Motorsport industry, it is important for you to avoid making mistakes in your CV.
That being said, the following are the five most common and costly mistakes that many Motorsports job candidates make on their CV or Resume.
Mistake #1: MAKING YOUR CV TOO GENERIC OR NOT CUSTOMIZING YOUR CV FOR THE JOB
This is one of the most common mistakes that many people make. It is important for you to understand that the Motorsports industry is a unique field that looks for UNIQUE talent. Hence, making your CV too generic or not tailoring it for the job will make your CV look like just another application for a job. Making your CV sound too general can cost you the opportunity of landing a job in one of the most dynamic and lucrative industries in the world. It can also make the would-be-employer feel that you lack the skills that the employer is looking for. Hence, while writing a CV, you must avoid making it sound too generic and must highlight relevant experience.
The best way to customize your CV for the job is to take time to research the company you are hoping to work for, examine what the company is looking for and know whether you can fulfill the criteria stated. And don’t forget to find out what the Hiring Manager or Recruiter is also looking for (that can be different). You’ll need to “sell” yourself for the job and that requires insight into the position and also what the person filling the position wants. Think about that – it is very important and can separate you from the rest. Once you gather this information, you must list your skills and qualifications accordingly.
Mistake #2: WRITING A CV THAT IS NOT CLEAR, CONCISE AND TO THE POINT
Another mistake that many individuals make is writing a CV that is either too short or too long. As discussed earlier, the employers in the Motorsports industry receive thousands of applications and hence do not have time to go through all the information that applicants provide in their CV. Hence, while writing your CV, you must see to it that your CV doesn’t exceed more than two pages. You must succinctly describe your knowledge and experience and precisely mention what you think you can offer.
Employers in the Motorsports industry do not expect individuals who are new to the industry to know everything. Hence, if you are new to the industry, list out only the most important information. Also try to understand what kind of personal success characteristics the position will call for. Will it be leadership, problem solving, the ability to work under pressure or otherwise? If you think so, position your skills so those traits are emphasized. Also, if you have a lot of relevant experience in the industry, make sure that you provide information that is clear, concise and relevant to the job you are applying for.
Mistake #3: NOT LISTING ACHIEVEMENTS
This is the third costly mistake that many individuals applying for a job in the Motorsports industry make. It is important for you to understand that the Motorsports industry is full of competition and it is this element of the industry that gives it its attitude. Hence, make your achievements to stand out from the rest of the competition. Don’t be shy and list out your achievements in a dynamic language without sounding arrogant. For businesses in the Motorsports industry, achievements mainly fall into three categories: a) streamlining processes, b) increasing profits and c) reducing costs.
Hence, if you have experience in reducing cost/increasing sales for XYZ Company, list it in your CV as “Reduced production costs by$XYZ for XYZ Company” or “Increased sales of XYZ Company by $XYZ”. This will have more effect on the employers than simply writing “Was involved in increasing sales/reducing sales for XYZ Company”. Remember, the Hiring Manager or Recruiter is thinking “what can this person DO in this position?” By listing your achievements succinctly in your CV, you’ll sound more like a ‘doer’ or ‘go getter’, which are in high demand in the Motorsport industry.
Mistake #4: MAKING SPELLING, GRAMMAR AND TYPO ERRORS
If you are under the impression that businesses in the Motorsports industry are only concerned about technical skills and ignore communication and language skills, then you are completely wrong. Employers in the Motorsports industry give equal importance to their communication and language skills as they give to your technical and other relevant skills. Hence, making spelling, grammar and typo errors are in fact the costliest mistake that you can make when writing a CV. This is mainly because your CV or Resume is the first impression that a potential employer will have of you. Attention to detail is critically important in the Motorsports industry.
Hence, pay attention to spelling, grammar, and typo errors in the CV before sending it to any company. Submitting a CV that is free of spelling, grammar and typo errors will make an impression in the minds of the employers that you are a thorough professional and detail oriented.
Mistake #5: DESIGNING CLUMSY OR CLUTTERED CVs
The world of Motorsport is colorful and you may miss out an opportunity if you submit a CV that is visually unappealing or difficult to read. This does not mean that you must send a CV that is full of colors to the prospective employers. This is an exception only when applying for creative jobs in the Motorsport industry. When writing a CV, make sure that the information you provide in the CV does not look cluttered. To avoid making clumsy or cluttered CVs, avoid using long paragraphs and make sure that your CV is not hard to read. Make it clean, efficient and powerful. Also, avoid using different fonts as that can make your CV difficult to read. The rule of thumb here is to make the information you provide in your CV presentable and easy to read to the prospective employers.
Now Remember – the information provided in this Free Report is not official legal advice; it is simply intended to help you become aware of some of the most common mistakes that have been made by job candidates when creating Motorsports CV’s and Resumes and some important ways to avoid them. It’s important to understand all the potential risks so you can be as prepared as possible. After all, you most likely only have one shot at the position you’re looking for so you might as well make it your best.
After reading this Free Report and following these steps, determine your goals and determine what’s most important to you. Make your CV or Resume powerful and don’t be afraid to show your leadership skills, technical skills, problem solving skills and just as importantly, your PASSION.
Let the Hiring Manager or Recruiter know that YOU are the one for the job and you’re going to bring your skill set and MORE.
The Motorsports industry is competitive and if you’re going to put in the effort of applying for a position, you might as well use the tools that work.
Good fortune and let me know if I can help!
Mike Coraluzzi, PMP