So you all know that you’re going to need a CV or Resume to kick start your job search. What you may not know is employers spend on average just six seconds reviewing it. For most of us it takes longer to get our face ready for a selfie. The job market is a competitive place, so it’s important to know how to make your resume stand out. Put yourself into the employer shoes, what is going to make you pick up your application? Well we’ve put together 6 quick and easy tips that are sure to make you stand out from your competitors, and for the right reasons.
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Tip 1 – Use a Strong Personal Profile
Your personal profile is the introduction to your CV/ Resume. It should wet the appetite of the reader, leaving them wanting to know more about you and spend more than the average six seconds. Keep it relevant and try to include some key achievements/ skills that the employer would like to see.
Tip 2 – A Good CV/ Resume Design
Your CV/ Resume is your first impression to an employer. Remember, we only get one chance to make a great first impression. Employers receive hundreds of applications, each looking very similar to the last one. Where is the desire for an employer to want to pick up yours and read it? Get creative with your resume.
Look at it this way. Imagine you’re about to buy a new car and you ask the sales assistant to post you some marketing material. You contact two different garages, each selling the same spec of car. The first garage sends you a 2-page brochure. It’s poorly laid out, uses different fonts, only uses black text on a white paper and looks more like a letter. The second sales assistant sends you a 2-page brochure that uses colour, is well laid out and looks appealing. Which would you pick up first and remember? My opinion, why should your CV/ Resume design be any different. And if you need some design inspiration, use our Free CV/ Resume Builder.
Tip 3 – Make Sure It’s Well Formatted
It’s really important that your CV/ Resume design is a clearly laid out and well formatted. It needs to flow for the reader. If it’s difficult for you to follow, how do you expect an employer to cope? Some key areas to watch out for are:
- Define your sections with clear headings.
- Add your work experience and education in chronological order, with the most recent first. Tailoring your CV to your employer will have a much higher success rate.
- Use a single format, i.e. font, bullet point style etc.
- Keep paragraphs short and concise, use bullet points where possible.
- Write it in third person.
Tip 4 – Ensure Its Error Free
There really is no excuse why any CV or Resume should not contain any errors. If you use a spell check, ensure you read it again before hitting the send button. Sometimes spell checks can auto correct words that you didn’t want to use. Also, if you have time, ask a friend or family member whose opinion you trust to give it the once over.
Tip 5 – Tailor It, Tailor, It, Tailor It
Yeah you guessed it, we’re passion about this one. One CV does not fit all jobs, and if this is your current job searching strategy then you should consider tailoring your CV. Ever heard of quality over quantity?
Tailoring your CV to each job you apply for will have a much higher success rate in terms of callbacks. Think of past achievements and current skills that the employer would like to know about. Then add these to your CV/ Resume.
Tip 6 – Last But Not Least, Keep It Updated
You never know when that next opportunity will come knocking. So keep your CV/ Resume up to date. It’s easier and to remember what you did last week than what you did last year. Plus it will save you a lot of stress when you come to re-start your job search.
Abi wants to live in a world filled with comic books, peanut butter and a force field protecting her from sticky fingers and germs. When not found writing assignments for her Diploma, she can be found online playing video games.