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.
Here’s how to make your CV template stand out from the crowd…
Write a snappy personal statement
Your personal statement should be written in the first person. For example:
I am an experienced Marketing Manager
John Smith is an experienced Marketing Manager
A personal statement should always aim to state the following:
- Who you are
- What you have to offer
- 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. 3-4 lines are the typical length for a personal statement.
Look carefully at the job description and focus on what the recruiter is looking for. However, don’t leave out any unique selling points that will make you stand out.
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.
Your performance needs to stand out throughout your CV, so the employer can see your proven track record. If you simply list all the tasks you’ve ever completed for each job, you are not giving much away.
If you’re able to list the right skills AND show that you can perform to a high standard, you are going to get noticed. The employer is well aware of how many applications will drop into their inbox that matches the job description. So you need to set yourself apart from the other applicants and demonstrate that you are a very capable person.
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 if you want to really impress.
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 job advert). 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.
Don’t ever underestimate the impact a well written cover letter can have on your chances of success. Lots of other candidates will not bother to write one, so you are already one step ahead.
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