Your CV is an opportunity to showcase who you are, and what you can do, to a potential employer.
We all know that first impressions are important, so you need to make sure that your CV puts your best foot forward!
Here are our 7 top tips to make your CV stand out:
1. Layout and Structure
Your CV should have a clean and simple layout, and be well :structured, so that information is easy to find. Consider using sub-headings such as: Employment History, Skills & Experience, Qualifications & Training, Awards & Achievements, etc., and make sure the font style and size is easy to read.
2. Customise It
If you are sending your CV to multiple companies, make small changes to it for each one. If you are applying for a specific job role, tailor which skills you focus on so that you meet the criteria in the job description.
3. Do Your Research
It’s likely that the company you are sending your CV to will have a website, and possibly also social media pages. Check out their company values and what they’ve been up to lately, and briefly make reference to them in your cover letter – a little effort can go a long way in making you stand out from the crowd.
4. Stick to the Point
Avoid using slang or writing very long descriptions of your previous roles and experience. The purpose of your CV isn’t to tell potential employers every single thing about you, it’s to make them interested enough to want to meet with you to find out more.
5. Be Honest
Don’t fall into the trap of telling untruths on your CV in an attempt to get the job. If you say you can do something on your CV and you actually can’t, there’s a good chance you’ll be found out. However, be proud of your achievements and make sure your CV showcases exactly what you’re made of – don’t be afraid to use it as an opportunity to shine!
6. Keep It Fresh
It’s important to update your CV on a regular basis, whether you’re looking for a job or not. When something significant happens in your education or career, or if you develop a new skill, make sure to record it.
7. Check It, Then Check It Again
Mistakes in a CV are very obvious, and can leave a negative first impression, especially if the role you are applying for depends upon strong attention to detail or excellent written communication skills. Make sure there are no spelling, punctuation, or grammar mistakes and double check that you have provided the correct email and address and phone number.