How to make your CV stand out from the crowd
Writing a CV in today’s competitive market is extremely tough, and making a great first impression is the only way you are going to stand out from the rest of your competition.
Your CV has to be short and snappy, to the point and relevant if you want to make a lasting impression on the reader. The hiring manager only has a short time to read each CV, so it’s important to get it right the first time if you want to gain an interview.
Leave out irrelevant information
Your only focus when writing a CV is to show the employer that you are the right person for the job, and to make them want to pick up the phone and call you straight in for an interview. If your CV contains lots of irrelevant information, then it’s possible all the good relevant stuff just gets lost!
What qualifications are required or relevant?
What qualities are the employer looking for?
What skills are relevant for the role?
What part of your work history is important to them?
Focus on the role
Writing a focused and relevant CV is all about being subtle and highlighting the best and relevant parts. One of the biggest mistakes made when writing a CV is padding it out with too much irrelevant information and failing to focus on what’s important to the employer.
A great place to start is your ‘work history’ section. Sure, you don’t want to have any gaps in your employment and it’s probably not a good idea to remove something entirely, however you can give more information about the relevant roles that you know the employer will be keen to read.
Expand upon these roles and provide actual results and achievements. An employer loves to see real stats and numbers as well as promotions within your work history. They can then begin to build up a picture of how you’ll work within their organisation.
Keep irrelevant job descriptions and tasks to a minimum
For the lesser important past roles you need to consider minimising the tasks and responsibilities. There is no point in expanding upon a role that is both obvious and irrelevant to the skills, qualifications and experience required for the new role.
Focus on highlighting the best parts of your work history that clearly show how well suited you are for this new position. The hiring manager has the painstaking task of reading through hundreds of applications and wants to quickly shortlist the best CV’s.