Is your CV taking you places?

Did you know that recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds on your CV before deciding whether or not to actually read it? If you’re a jobseeker, it’s incredibly important to make those few seconds count. Exactly how are you supposed to capture someone’s attention in a matter of seconds? With recruiters often receiving hundreds of CVs for every job they advertise, it pays off to make yours easy to read.

A great resume:

  • Grabs the attention of employers and recruiters
  • Sells your strongest skills and accomplishments
  • Shows how you’re a match for a position or project
  • And most importantly, gets you a job interview!

Here are a few pointers to ensure you have a quality CV that will impress recruiters and employers:

1. Tailor your CV to the job description

Assess each job advert before applying and make sure that your CV is highlighting the most important requirements for each one. You need to tailor your CV to every job description, and you need to know how to use the right resume keywords. A recruiter will take your resume, put it side-by-side with the job description of the client and decide if you have the skills and experience needed to do this specific job.

2. Using the correct font

To evoke a sense of style, professionalism, and uniqueness, it's critical you put effort and consideration into your font choice. Fonts that have enough white space to read well on both screen and print will make your resume more accessible says Steven Davis, a career coach with The Muse. Davis also warns that things like size and formatting are just as important as which font you use. Here are top 15 recommended fonts you can use on your CV - https://standout-cv.com/pages/best-font-for-cv

3. A strong CV, needs strong language

Set yourself apart with action verbs, achieving language, and CV writing that describes what you have contributed rather than what you have done on a daily basis. Show the recruiter what you can bring to the table by listing past achievements and notable contributions. Your CV should demonstrate how you took charge, hit targets and achieved something. Use some of these power phrases to help build your CV - https://www.ius.edu/career/files/power-phrases.pdf

 

From formatting and style to content and language, it’s crucial that every element of your CV is flawless, to ensure that you will go places!

 

5 February 2020

For more tips and advice, watch this video – How to write a CV in 2020

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