4 top tips to help make your CV stand out!

For most people, writing a CV isn’t an easy job to get right.  You may think that you’ve done a great CV, but is it what hiring managers are really looking for?

There are many different ways a CV can be laid out but there are some simple tips to help make sure it gets noticed.

There are more people looking for work now than ever before, so standing out is key.  Here’s some top tips from our expert consultants.

 

Make sure you take time to tailor your CV to each application

Tailoring a CV is a lot more than a 2 minute job. But if you take your time, the rewards will be worth it.  Whilst it may be tempting to get your CV in as quickly as possible, this may not always be the best option.

Here’s our advice to make this an easier process.  Follow these simple steps to help make your next application your best yet.

  • Make sure that you have the job advert to hand.  Most answers to what the hiring manager is looking for should be in the ad.
  • Is there a list of desirable and essential skills?  Make it really easy for the hiring manager to see if you are suitable.  Create a grid format of your experience areas and include the number of years in each.  If this is at the beginning of your CV after your personal profile it will tempt the hiring manager to read more.  Don’t make them have to search through your CV for what they are looking for
  • And finally – do your research!  Are there any particular pain points this sectors is experiencing at the moment.  Show that you know about that, even if you have no hands on experience.  However, you may have worked in a similar environment before.  You may have even identified and resolved similar pain points before.  Make sure that you showcase this.

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Perfect your CV elevator pitch

Did you know that decisions on CV’s can be made in as little as 6 seconds!

You should always start your CV with a personal profile. Don’t leave it out as its the first thing most people read.  You should be able to read your personal profile and get a really good overview of your skills and experience.  Our top tip when it comes to personal profile is to have a friend, or relative read it for you.  Someone who will be honest!

Getting someone else to give feedback on your CV is always a good idea.  Someone who knows you will know if you have sold yourself enough.  Are there skills that other people believe you have that your’ve not included?

 

Don’t forget the basics

As silly as it may sound, it’s easy to make simple mistakes on your CV.  When checking, you end up looking for the bigger things, but don’t forget to check EVERYTHING!

Are your employment dates right?  Or, have you mistakenly put gaps in your CV – check!  If there are gaps in your CV anyway, then include this gap as if it were another job. Include the dates and if you can explain why you were unemployed and/or what you spent your time doing.  Maybe you were looking for work and also using the time to update your skills?  Don’t leave anything to assumption – be open and honest.

Check the spelling, the formatting, the dates.  Literally check everything is right before you press send.  Don’t let a silly mistake come between you and an interview.

 

Results not just responsibilities

This is one of the best ways to make your CV stand out!  Your excellent personal profile and skills grid has gained the interest of the hiring manager.  Don’t lose it now!

Simply listing your responsibilities in each job doesn’t show that you were good at them. It also doesn’t help show which you were particularly good at.  Maybe there was an area you were strong in and were asked to mentor someone else?  Or, were you given additional responsibilities for a job well done?  Tell the story – highlight things like this on your CV.

For each role include an achievements section.  It doesn’t have to be long, in fact, it can be just one thing.  Highlighting your achievements in each role will really support your application.  Having a job title means you were simply hired to do a job – achievements show that you were great at it!  Additionally, if you can link these achievements back to the job you are applying for then all the better!

 

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