In most sectors, the job market is extremely competitive. For every job vacancy, you can expect at least 50 people to apply. This means that when you are creating your CV for job applications, you need to make sure that it will stand out from the crowd. Employers have probably seen hundreds of CVs and therefore they know exactly what they are looking for. They will be able to see who has researched and put a lot of time and thought into their CV and who has just sent a generic cv.
We have compiled some tips to help you have a standout CV and boost your chances of getting an interview!
- Tailor Your CV to the Job Advert – Whilst it may be tempting to write one CV and then send it out to multiple employers, it won’t maximise your chances of getting an interview. A CV is not one size fits all. Different employers will look for different skills and qualities in their future employees, even if two job roles are very similar. Before applying, do your research, find out what qualities the company looks for and what keywords are included in the job advert. You can then tailor your CV so that it is showing the exact qualities the advert has specified.
- Make A Strong Start – If a job role has received many applications, sometimes the employer won’t read your full CV, they will only read the first half of your first page. That’s why it is important to make a strong start! Open with a short summary of your professional profile and then have a list of your key qualities and strengths. If the employer sees the qualities they are looking for within the first quarter of the page, they are more likely to read your full CV and offer you an interview.
- Don’t Undersell Yourself – Whilst many people try to keep their CV modest for fear of coming across as arrogant or boastful, it is important to really promote yourself and your achievements. Employers want to know what you have achieved so don’t be afraid to be proud!
- Don’t Just List Your Responsibilities, List Your Results! – The standard go-to on many CVs is to list your day to day activities in your job role. Whilst it is important that employers know what your responsibilities are, they really want to know what YOU bring to the job role. Have you implemented a new technique or strategy that has benefitted the team, have you organised team days to build morale, how have you made a difference? Talk about the results you have achieved in your current position.
- Do a Grammar and Spell Check – Always remember to do a spelling and grammar check on any cv, application or cover letter that you send. Potential employers may be deterred from your application if it contains spelling mistakes and poor punctuation. Always double-check before sending your application. If possible, ask a friend or family member to look over it to see if they think anything needs changing.
Ensuring that your CV is optimised for every job you apply for will maximise your chances of receiving an interview. If you still feel unsure in your CV, visit a career advisor. They will be able to look over your CV and give you tips for how to perfect it.
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