How can I Make My CV Standout?

24th August 2020

Okay, so I know I won’t be the 1st, and I certainly won’t be the last to share one of these “hints and tips“ posts, but thought it worth sharing my opinion on this hotly debated topic.

– 1 page, 2 pages max. No one wants to read a novel, and no one wants to read what you were doing 20 years ago.

– Remove the photo; it’s irrelevant; unless the application requests one.

– Keep the font simple. Arial / Calibri, at point 10/11.

– If you are going to write about personal interests, make them interesting; everyone likes to hang out with their friends. Zzz.

– Achievements. Shout about them. Don’t make your CV read like a generic job description.

– Use figures. Make these achievements calculable, show the scale and breadth of your work.

– Don’t write in the “3rd person“. It’s weird.

– Proof read or at least use spell check. There is no excuse in this day and age for spelling and grammatical mistakes.

– Tailor your CV specifically to the opportunity you are applying for, highlighting key words and achievements.

A recruiter should be able to then sift through this efficiently and shortlist if appropriate. An online A/T/S system also will work much more effectively if you follow these guidelines. Good luck!

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