Five Ways To Make Your CV Stand Out

With competition for jobs hotter than ever, it’s vital to make sure your application gets noticed. Here are a few tips from IT specialist recruitment site CWJobs.

1. Make use of keywords

Select the most appropriate keywords from the advert for the job you’re applying for, and make sure you include them in your CV’s summary. That way, you can be sure you’ve tailored your experience to fit the position.

When recruiters receive large numbers of applications, they often carry out an automated first-pass filter using computer software. Including relevant keywords will dramatically increase your chances of getting through.

2. Put yourself in their shoes

It’s not you who needs to be impressed by your CV, it’s the employer – so make sure you look at your CV from their perspective. What are their needs? And what can you offer them that other candidates cannot? Show them how you can develop the role to benefit their business.

3. Focus on results

Recruiters aren’t interested in a detailed description of every job you’ve had – they want to know what you achieved in each of your roles. Focus on the challenges you’ve overcome and the results you’ve notched up. Provide specific examples of the problems you’ve tackled and use positive, active vocabulary to describe your approach.

4. Presentation, presentation, presentation

Good content is wasted if your prospective employer can’t find it, so make sure your CV is clearly laid out. Place key information upfront, and don’t be tempted to squeeze too much text on to the page by making the type so small that it becomes illegible. Choose a font such as Arial that’s easy to read, and leave plenty of white space.

Avoid long sentences, and use suitable headings and bullet points to make your CV easier to navigate.

5. Check it!

Make sure your contact details are correct, and spend some time proofreading your CV for spelling mistakes, typos and other inaccuracies. If possible, get someone else to do it for you.

One of the staff here once received a CV from an applicant for an editorial job who claimed one of their key skills was a “keen eye for detil”. Needless to say, they didn’t get the job…

For more information on new ways to get yourself noticed, visit CW Jobs.