Making your CV stand out from a huge crowd of potential candidates takes effort and time. Your CV needs to speak to the employer and have content that will make a lasting and memorable impression. According to the BBC, employers receive an average of 60 applicants for every advertisement for a low-skilled job, and 20 for every skilled job.
These numbers often exceed the statistics with some job opportunities receiving hundreds of applications. For this reason, it is essential that your CV speaks louder than the rest. Follow these five tips to give your CV more of an advantage than the rest.
- Professional Presentation
The presentation and layout of your CV is crucial. It must be presented clearly and professionally and if you will be hand delivering it (or posting it to an employer) make sure that it is printed on clean white paper with no turned up corners or ink smudges, etc.
The most important information, whether that be your work experience or education and qualifications, should be included towards the top of the CV because this is the area that the employer will notice first and if it fails to impress, they will move on to the next CV.
- Work Experience and Skills
When you outline your relevant work experience, it will be more impressive if you give details about what the job entailed and what skills you learned and developed from the role. For example, if one of your work experience slots reads call centre jobs in Manchester or something similar, mention how this role enhanced your communication skills, IT skills and customer service skills.
Employers will be impressed by this because you are demonstrating your key skills with real evidence rather than simply stating ‘this and that’ without any real ground to stand on.
- Tailor your CV
It is wise to tailor your CV to the specific role you are applying for. According to The Guardian, there is no such thing as a generic CV, which is why creating a unique CV for every job you apply for (adapting certain details) will give you the best chance of getting an interview. A straightforward CV that is not tailored to any role in particular is unlikely to impress. There is no need to re-write the entire CV, just adapt it here and there to present yourself in the best light.
- Display Achievements
Think back to times when you achieved recognition for your work. This could be in the form of an award, certificate or simply a glowing recommendation. Be proud of your achievements and include them in your CV. Employers seek proof that you are the right candidate for the role, so if your achievements actively prove this then you have given yourself a great advantage and your CV will stand out.
- Key Information
Your CV should include your personal and contact details such as your full name, home address, phone number and email address. It is probably best not to include a photograph unless you are applying for a job in modelling or acting for instance. Qualifications, work experience, skills, achievements, hobbies and referees should all be included in your CV. You don’t have to have a complex CV to stand out, keep it simple and make it easy for employers to read. Don’t worry about a fancy font, use a simple and professional font and avoid anything that will distract or make it difficult for employers to view your CV.
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