Making Your CV Stand Out

Recruiters see hundreds of applications a week and the decision to proceed with your application can be made in as little as 6 seconds.

First impressions are everything. Make your CV stand out from the rest by following these 5 simple steps…..

  1. Start with a profile – You should always include a personal profile at the top of your CV. If a Hiring Manager only has a chance to read this, then you need to impress from the off. It is a short introduction which outlines your personal characteristics, telling the prospective employer what kind of a person you are, the attributes and qualities that you possess and the work experience that you have.
  2. Keep it simple– Make sure your CV is clear and easy on the eye, keep points informative yet to the point, with clear sections and titles, using bullet points to break up long paragraphs. Make it easy to read, Hiring Managers are busy people.
  3. Keep adapting your CV – Tailor each CV to the company/role you’re applying for, doing this means you can be more specific and relevant to that particular position, give focus to previous roles that were similar to the one you are targeting. Take the job description and identify the key requirements you fulfil and ensure your CV references these to show that you are the perfect fit for the position.
  4. Include LinkedIn link – By including a quick link to your profile allows recruiters to get a better idea of you as a person and potential candidate. This will go a long way, helping the recruiter/employer bring you and your CV to life, it will also highlight networking events in your field, show relevant connections and any participation in online group discussions.
  5. Check for Mistakes – Your CV may look incredible, you may have the experience and expertise for the job but if the spelling is poor and there are grammatical errors you can kiss goodbye to that dream job. Attention to detail is everything and says so much about you as a person.