Not all CV’s are created equal. After looking at hundreds of them every day, we’ve learned a thing or two about what makes a CV stand out. If you want to structure a CV that will get you noticed, here are 5 tips:
Bullets, bullets, bullets
Most people who read a lot of CVs are scanning them for keywords first. They want to know if you have the skills and previous experience to meet the job brief. So, make sure those keywords are easy to see. Bullet points are a great way to draw attention to your knowledge immediately. Lay out key skills in bullet points at the top of the page to grab attention.
Prove it with data
We all like to think we’re doing a great job. But that’s subjective. Future employers want to know in concrete numbers what you delivered in terms of KPIs. If you increased profits, say how much and over what time. If you decreased churn, give the specifics. Whatever metrics are important to your role, provide a snapshot of your results to future employers and you’ll increase your hiring changes exponentially.
Go into detail
After a quick scan, the next place a recruiter or hiring manager will look is at your current or most recent role. This should have the most detail of anything on your CV. It’s your present (or recent past) and usually represents the most accurate reflection of your current skills, experience and remit. So, make sure to highlight your responsibilities and key achievements in detail.
Keep it simple
Firstly, don’t use weird fonts. Unless you’re able to supply a PDF, it’s not going to look like that on your hiring manager or recruiter’s computer. That’s because Word and other document files use the native computer settings to display layouts. And a messy, broken-looking CV is unlikely to get read. Stick to standard fonts like Arial and sizes between 11-16pt. Lastly, don’t go beyond 1-2 pages in length. No one has time to read a novel.
Check your spelling
And we don’t mean simply clicking ‘check spelling’ in whatever program you’re using. (Do that too, of course.) But actually take the time to read aloud your whole CV. Reading aloud helps you to catch more mistakes and fix clunky sentences. You’ll hear what your writing sounds like within the flow of conversation. And that can help you trim out wordy bits too.
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