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11 Ways To Get Your CV Noticed

Most employers look at a CV for less than a minute, so it goes without saying that your résumé has to impress, quickly. But how do you make yours stand out from the rest of the pile? Careers coach and author Charlotte Billington has over 20 years’ experience helping people get the jobs they want, so we asked her to share her top tips on making sure your CV gets noticed…

Identify Your Goal

Before you even think about compiling your CV, take some time to do some self-analysis and think about what it is you want to do next. What do you enjoy? What are you suited to? Identifying both your goal and the skills that will help you to get there is a great place to start. Ask yourself some questions and analyse your career to date to be very clear on what you would be best suited to moving forward.

Highlight Key Skills

Once you have decided what it is you want, spend time looking through job specifications online and understand what it is recruiters are looking for. When you have an idea, include the most relevant experience you have whilst compiling your CV and keep your ideal job in mind when tailoring your experience.

Make It Easy & Quick To Read

Unfortunately, employers do not spend long initially looking through CVs. As your CV needs immediate impact it must be clear, neat and easy to read. Opt for bullet points over paragraphs – you can add detail in a cover letter or during an interview – and don’t go over two pages.

Keep Things Neat

The format of your CV should be neat and well formatted. There is no excuse for typos or words in the wrong tense, which often mean you’re immediately discounted by employers, so check, check and double check. Ask at least three people to read it for you and take their feedback on board.

Tailor Your Experience

This is vital. In order to really stand out, tailor your CV to different opportunities. It may be that you are applying for different types of jobs or that one emphasises a certain aspect over another. It’s your job to show someone that you fit the role and the company, so highlight different skills and experiences for different applications.

Prioritise & Highlight

Make sure the most relevant information comes first. Ensure that the key responsibilities within the job are mentioned within the first few bullet points/sentences of your CV.

On a Similar Note

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If you can, backup what you say with evidence. Can you add percentages or figures to add credibility? Have you saved costs? Added revenue? Provided solutions? If you can, pick out something they would like you to do in this new role and highlight where and by how much you have done this before. Internal training is sometimes overlooked when writing a CV but is extremely valuable, so ensure you include any previous courses.

Use Keywords

Keywords are important, particularly with recruiting software and database job boards. You should scatter them throughout your CV but try to make it sound fluid. As a guide, if a word appears several times in the job specification it should also be repeated throughout your CV.

Update Your LinkedIn

It’s likely when someone sees your CV they will also search for your LinkedIn profile, so don’t neglect your account. For tips on how to boost your profile, read our previous feature.

Write A Summary/Profile Statement

Having a snapshot of who you are and what you’re looking for at the top of your CV will help you stand out. Your profile statement should be short and to the point, around two or three sentences containing your experience, what you are now looking for and within what type of company. A box underneath this where you highlight key skills and experience in bullet points will provide an easy-to-read snapshot of your relevant skills. 

Include Interests

Whilst there is no consensus, adding interests and achievements to your CV can provide a talking point and can also demonstrate additional information on you and how you would fit in a certain team. Try and strike a balance between honest, relaxed and informative: don’t make it too generic or focused on showcasing skills, but equally, steer clear of being too open and informal.

 

For more careers advice or information please visit CharlotteBillington.com or shop her book What To Do Next here.
 

 

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