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Is Your CV Up To Scratch?
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Ever feel like, no matter how hard you try, you just can't seem to land an interview? We have all, at some point, been on the job market, so why does it seem that some people can land a job within days and yet others search for months with no luck? Could it be your CV that is letting you down?
Below are 6 ways that you can make your CV stand out from the crowd:
1) PROOFREAD: This might sound obvious but Recruiters and Employers receive hundreds of CV's on a daily basis and a good majority of those will have spelling or grammatical errors. Once you have a completed CV, take the time to read through it and check for any errors... spell check, spell check, spell check!
It is also good idea to send your CV to someone else to proofread as they will pick up on mistakes that you may not.
2) FONTS: Use an easy to read, professional font for your CV and keep it consistent throughout. Using a variety of different fonts will end up looking messy and unprofessional.
Fancy fonts may seem like they will make your CV stand out... and they will... just not for the right reasons!
Stick with Arial or Calibri.
3) BUZZ WORDS: Your CV should include a well written personal statement that gives the Employer or Recruiter a feel for who you are and what you have achieved; when writing your personal statement try to avoid using generic words and sentences to describe yourself.
Statements like; "I am a hardworking individual" may be true but it won't make you stand out. Instead, think about what makes you unique and structure your personal statement around a few key points.
4) PAGES: Stick to 2 pages and 3 if you absolutely must.
Your CV should be concise and give the reader an overview of your skills, experience and qualifications.
You are essentially advertising yourself so make your points valid and easy to read.
5) SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS: Most Employers will scan your CV to look at these areas first; they will then make the decision to read the rest of your CV based on whether you have the skills, qualifications and experience they are looking for.
Make your list of skills and qualifications top priority and highlight any key skills that match the job role you are applying for.
This will make them easy to find for the employer and more likely for them to read your CV in more detail.
6) TAILORING: Most people have a bog-standard CV that they send out to every role they apply for. STOP.
When you apply for a job, take time to tailor your CV to show how your skills meet the requirements of the role.
Recruiters and employers will look at your last job role as an indicator of your suitability for the role so make sure your most relevant skills are at the top.
A CV is your own personal advertisement so don't be afraid to promote yourself and your skills; if you would like further support on improving your CV or getting in front of employers send your CV directly to us at email@example.com.