How to make your CV template stand out from the crowd
So you’ve found your perfect CV template and inserted all your work experience and qualifications – what now? With these simple tricks, you can ensure your CV spends more time in the hands of your prospective recruiter and gives you a better chance of securing that all important dream job.
- Write a snappy personal statement: This should be written in the first person (e.g., “I am an experienced Marketing Manager” rather than “John Smith is an experienced Marketing Manager”) and should set out (a) Who you are (b) What you have to offer and (c) What you are looking for. Your recruiter will undoubtedly have a pile of CVs to work through, so make this statement short and to the point – 2 to 4 lines is adequate. Look carefully at the job description and focus on what the recruiter is looking for, but don’t leave out any unique selling points that will make you stand out.
- Include achievements: So many job applicants simply write about where they have worked and what qualifications they have. With countless applicants for every job vacancy, you really need to find a way to set yourself apart from the others. If you have past achievements, such as introducing a new idea in your past role with success, or achieving a particular target, say so! These tell the recruiter that you can deliver.
- Don’t neglect your covering letter: It’s all well and good having the perfect CV but the first piece of paper your recruiter sees is the covering letter – so put just as much effort into getting this right. Your cover letter is not unlike your personal statement but with a little more detail. Above all, it should spell out exactly how you meet the requirements of the role (as set out in the advertisement) or, if you don’t, exactly why you think you can do this job regardless. Click here to view a guide on writing the perfect cover letter.
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