Natalie’s Top CV Tips

We asked Natalie to give us her views on what makes a “standout cv”. Watch the video or you can read some of the key pointers below.

How to write a standout cv

A CV is probably the most important weapon in your job-seeking armoury.

Your cv is the document that will – or won’t – sell you to a prospective employer. It is your first and sometimes only opportunity to impress, so consider your wording carefully and bear in mind the following tips if you want to create a winning CV.

  • Make sure that you use an easy read layout with clear contact details on how to get in touch with you.
  • Using visuals to make your cv stand out, such as infographics and animation can sometimes work, especially if your job involves creating presentations or if you are in a creative role for example, but choose your details carefully and don’t overdo it. Also make sure that what you do use is compatible with varying software packages, as some packages can cause your cv to distort when opened on another system.
  • Choose your words carefully. We all know that a well written cv is the first step to getting a new job, but the information you decide to include can make or break your application. Ensure that you can support your statements with evidence and you don’t use empty statements which will just put people off.
  • Highlight and talk mainly about the most recent and relevant skills and experiences which are related to the job you are applying to. It’s worth mentioning other experience you have had but you will boost your chances by focusing on specific programs, tools and techniques that you have used which are part of the everyday job you have applied to.
  • Make sure that you include any relevant stats to support your experience. Highlight and quantify your achievements. If your role is revenue/ sales related, for example, then employers will always want to understand what your numbers were.
  • Talk about the industries or brands you have worked with. Employers will often look at specific brands and sectors, looking for similarities, before deciding who to shortlist.
  • And finally don’t forget to check the spelling and grammar. There’s no excuse for mistakes these days with spellcheck so easily available. There’s nothing more disappointing than finding a careless spelling mistake on a cv. This often results in the applicant not being invited for interview.

Your Social profiles

The ideal CV should be no longer than two pages of A4, there space is a valuable commodity and there simply won’t be enough room for you to transcribe all of your achievements. That’s why it’s important to add a link to your LinkedIn profile, or any other social profile, as it is through this resource that recruiters can discover additional information that might help further your case for the role. Your professional online profile should act as an extension to your CV, something that tells employers more about your employment history, your key successes and provides a little insight into your character. Even better if you can persuade a few people to write endorsements for you. Just remember to keep your profile regularly updated.