Create a better CV
A CV is probably the most important weapon in your job-seeking armoury. It’s often the first document a prospective employer will see and sometimes the only opportunity to impress, so consider your wording carefully and bear in mind the following tips if you want to create a winning CV.
How to write a standout cv
Understand that your cv is a marketing tool. We would recommend that you add a bit of personality to the layout and wording, after all the cv is a summary of your professional work history and is there to make you stand out from other job seekers.
Make sure your cv is tailored to the role you are applying to, highlighting examples of where your experience and skills are likely to match the job and sector you are applying to.
Always include a personal statement. Many of our clients won't consider an applicant whose personal statement is missing. This will give you the chance to highlight your motivations and ambitions as well as show what you can offer to the company you are applying to, in terms of skills and experience.
Using visuals to make your cv stand out, such as infographics and animation can often 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. Saving your cv with a .PDF file extension will allow recruitment managers to open your cv on any device.
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.
Use an easy to read layout with clear contact details on how to get in touch with you, and if relevant add any links to blogs or social media profiles which you deem to be relevant (more about that below).
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, space is a valuable commodity and there simply might not 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. You can enhance your profile by persuading a few people to write endorsements for you.
Remember to keep your profile regularly updated and it always worth regularly googling yourself to see what comes up that a potential employer might see.