Studies have shown that on average recruiters spend just seven seconds looking at a CV before deciding whether a candidate is suitable for the role. First impressions are therefore critical to success, so here are seven simple but effective ways that you can make your CV stand out from the crowd!
1. Start strong
Start with a summary of your skills and key accomplishments. This will attract the recruiter and grab their attention from the outset. This personal profile is an important part of your CV and tells the recruiter exactly who you are, so you want to make the right impression.
Here is an example:
“I am an enthusiastic, hardworking and committed individual with a proven track record of designing websites and creating databases. I have strong technical skills, as well as excellent interpersonal skills. I am eager to be challenged in order to grow and expand on the skillset I have gained through my experience in the IT sector.”
2. Emphasise results rather than responsibilities
Instead of just listing your past responsibilities, make your CV stand out by emphasising your results, using quantifiable data to show your accomplishments. So for example, instead of saying “I helped to increase social media engagement for Company X”, write “I increased social media engagement by 38% for Company X”.
3. Customise for the job you want
Respond directly to the job description and explain exactly why you are the candidate for the role. You can do this by relating your accomplishments to the elements of the job role.
Employers want candidates to understand the role they are applying for, and the more you can demonstrate this, the more your CV will stand out.
It might take longer for you to write your CV, especially when applying for a large number of roles, but it if it helps you to find your perfect position then it is time well spent!
4. Highlight changes and growth
In your CV you should focus on your personal development. Show how you have grown and changed in your roles, and the accomplishments you have achieved. This will show the recruiter that you have learnt a lot from your past positions, and that you are committed to learning and expanding your skill set.
5. Demonstrate that you are connected
Whether it be at university or in past job roles, you will have met an array of different people. Make sure this comes through. Networking displays that you have strong communication skills and this is something that employers value greatly.
6. Show industry insight
An awareness of the industry you are applying for will show the recruiter that you have the ability to stay on top of trends. You will be a lot more attractive to employers if you are able to demonstrate knowledge of the industry, so make sure you are up to date with any news and industry changes. This will also help you if you reach the interview stage.
7. Use power words
Using power words will emphasise your accomplishments and will give your CV additional impact. Include words such as adaptable, innovative, implemented and achieved for each of your roles, and follow up with impressive results or outcomes which demonstrate what you have delivered.
Many companies use database software to filter out candidates out who don’t use certain key words, so make sure you study the job description and know what the recruiter is looking for.
Creating the perfect CV can be quite time-consuming, but it is your opportunity to show off your accomplishments and skills to the employer. The more you study the job description and the industry, the better equipped you will be to make your CV stand out. We hope these CV tips have helped you, and good luck in your job search!