Top Tips on How to Make Your CV Stand Out from the Rest
Making your CV stand out is a topic that has generated a wealth of blog and online articles. But what if everyone follows the same guidance? Below are some of the more useful and innovative ideas that we have found to really work:
- Contactability – Make it easy for them to contact you and find out more – put your personal details first, use your age as well as date of birth, make your email, LinkedIn profile and any other professional contact or social media addresses really obvious.
- Relevant experience – Favor experience over training – this is more important and will be prioritized on the criteria on which you are being judged.
- A tailor-made CV – Personalize your CV to fit the role – a recruiter or employer can easily spot a generic CV, use the keywords and experiences stated in the job specification to tailor the order of your CV in terms of relevance to that particular position. This also shows that you have really put time and thought into considering their particular vacancy.
- Sought-after skills – Highlight the skills most valued by employers – but most importantly, demonstrate these through experiences that match. Skills that employers look for include time management, problem-solving, leadership, commercial awareness (past and present trends, leaders in the field, new developments etc), use of social media and the latest technology in your field, written and verbal communication skills, IT/software expertise and any managerial experience.
- A functional approach – You don’t need to stick to a chronological order – a ‘functional’ CV can be more interest and relevant to skilled and professional vacancies. Here, you can demonstrate a wealth of experiences under headings related to your skills such as ‘project management’ and ‘planning’.
- Value and prospects – In a covering letter, be clear how you would fit with and would add to the ethos and values of the company. Some CVs also include a summary of career objectives and how you would see their company fitting with your own personal development. This would also be equally appropriate in a covering letter.