A CV makes up a big part of your application and can have a huge impact on the success of your job search. With hundreds of candidates applying for the same vacancies, it’s really important that your document stands out from the crowd. Here are 7 ways to get your CV noticed!
MAKE IT EYE CATCHING
A great way to make your CV stand out is to be creative with the design. Recruiters will see hundreds of generic plain layouts – think outside the box! However, remember to make sure your CV is still easy to read or it will harm you application.
A clear structure can go a long way in boosting the success of your CV. Be sure to add subheadings to help a hiring manager navigate your document. Splitting your CV into clear sections, e.g. ‘Skills’ or ‘Work Experience’ will make it much easier for your content to stand out and helps an employer identify key elements of your CV.
Make sure you add any relevant keywords into your CV. Reading through the job description will help you pull out relevant keywords that will make your application stand out. Typically, an employer will include specific skills and experiences they’re looking for, use this information to your advantage when you’re writing your CV.
It’s really important that the skills and experiences included in your CV are all relevant to the job you’re applying for. Irrelevant information will make you appear less suitable and your CV will stand out in all the wrong ways. If you can’t relate it to the job then don’t include it!
NOT TOO LONG
Although it’s important to demonstrate you’re suitable for the job in your CV, make sure you stick to a maximum of two pages. The average employer will spend around 30 seconds reading a CV so make sure they read everything you have to say. Keep it short and to the point!
PUT YOUR DETAILS AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE
It’s really beneficial to put your details, such as your name, at the top of your CV. This will help an employer distinguish your CV from others. If a hiring manger can’t find your name or contact information in your CV, or they have to hunt for it, you could miss out on the opportunity!
HOBBIES AND INTERESTS
Adding a ‘Hobbies and Interests’ section to the end of your CV is a great way to help you stand out. Many candidates will share the same skills as you; your hobbies and interests can help set you apart from others and create talking points in an interview. However, make sure the hobbies or interests you include are appropriate and won’t harm you professional reputation!
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