If you’re ready to make your CV stand out from the other hundreds of people that are applying for the same job or position as you, try these ideas to get yours bumped to the top of the list.
Make it short and sweet
Long CV’s are not the answer. As a rule of thumb, it should be no longer than 2 pages. Period. Anything longer than that and your skills and message are going to get lost in the shuffle.
List your achievements at the top
You’re wanting to showcase why you’re perfect for the job so these types of things should be listed right at the very beginning of your CV to catch the recruiter’s eye and have them pay attention to the rest.
Bullet point out your core skills
Using bullet points is very effective because the recruiter is going to be scanning and looking for key skills. This allows them to have their eyes flow seamlessly over your CV and read the points that you’re wanting to highlight.
Make it exciting
Don’t confuse this with it being “over the top” but using a big font or some fun colors here and there can really help it draw in attention from CV’s that all look the same.
Update it so it’s applicable to the job opening
Make certain that your CV highlights the skills that are needed for the job that you’re applying for. This shows that you’re aware and truly interested in the position.
Triple check for errors
Nothing is going to disinterest a recruiter faster than a CV full of errors that need to be fixed. Take your time and check it over numerous times before submitting it. You can get one chance to make a first impression.
Brag on yourself a bit
Don’t be over the tip but if there is something that you’re proud of, list it! Great exam results and scholarships awarded are a couple of things that you should think about including.
Include stellar references, if you have them
Make it easy on the recruiter and list out your references as well. (but only do this if you have stellar references that are going to talk up your skills that are needed for the job that you’re applying for!)
Add a personal statement
With a few short lines, talk about why you truly want this job. Keep it short and simple but use that space as a way to let the recruiter know you’re true interest and intent.
As you can tell, creating an amazing CV doesn’t have to be anything overly difficult. These simple tips will have your CV standing out from the other applicants and catching the eye and the interest of the recruiter!