Wondering how you can make your CV stand out to recruiters and possible employers? Well, here are few tips that’ll instantly take your resumé from drab to impressive.
Pay attention to the layout
Although formatting isn’t everything, it can be the difference between whether the employer reads your CV or not. So, it’s important to make sure that the layout of your resumé is neat, inviting and easy-to-read. Remember that whoever is reading your CV doesn’t know you so it really is a kind of first impression. Try to stay away from fancy fonts that are impossible to read, and make sure there’s enough white space so the text isn’t overwhelming.
Use your adjectives wisely
Job ads usually have descriptions that give a very vivid picture of the type of person a company’s looking for. You can use these descriptions to your advantage, by making sure you use similar adjectives to the ones used in the job ad. This way, you’re showing the employer that you’ve read and understood their advert and are, in fact, the right person for the job since you have the skills required. However, this only applies if you actually do have those skills - it’s never okay to lie on your CV!
Keep it up to date (update and tailor for each application)
It’s really important to make sure your CV is up to date when you’re applying for a job. Make sure you’ve got all your relevant experience in there, with your most recent experience at the top of the list. You should also tailor each application (CV and cover letter) to the post you’re applying for as this shows that you’ve put time and effort into it.
Add a summary (summary of skills, strengths etc. at the top)
A short summary explaining your skills, strengths and abilities at the top of your application can be a huge time-saver for the recruiter, which is what will help you score that interview. The easier you make it for them to read your CV, the more likely it is that they’ll consider you for the interview process if you meet the criteria they’re looking for. Your summary should be concise, descriptive, and genuine - give the recruiter a picture of who you are and what you can do in a short paragraph.
Keep it simple
We can’t stress this point enough - keep your CV as simple and as short as possible! Recruiters aren’t going to read 5 pages worth of experience and background info, so make sure you only put the important details in your CV. They’re also not going to bother with something that has tons of page references, dense language and distracting embellishments, so leave all of that out. Rather wait for the interview to dazzle them with your smarts.
There you have it - 5 simple things you can do to make sure your CV stays at the top of the pile. And, if you’re looking for the perfect template to get you started, check out our CV Builder.