3 essential ways to make your CV stand out
Writing a CV in today’s world is a lot easier than it used to be now we have the internet and an abundance of information at hand. However, making a CV stand out from the rest of the competition is not so easy!
Here are three of the most important things you can do to make your CV stand out…
Inject your USP into the CV
With literally hundreds of CV’s being sent for just one role it can get very tiresome having to read through so many. You need something to set your application apart from all the other CV’s, and this is where your USP can be utilised to stand out from the crowd.
Look for something unique that you can include in your CV to get noticed. For instance, it could be a blog or website that you’ve created which aligns with the industry. Provide a link to it, and ensure that it’s clearly highlighted on your CV and not hidden within any text.
Or it could be that you have a unique qualification and/or skill which you are keen to showcase within your CV. Try to steer clear from making a generic CV which is going to blend into the background along side the hundreds of others. Look for something which you know will stand out on the page and leave the reader with a positive lasting impression.
Finally, think about a time during your career when you achieved something outstanding. It could be a particular qualification, but it could also be performance related. Always provide actual numbers to backup your claims – sales figures, revenue generated, targets hit, and so on.
Create an outstanding personal statement
You may notice this article contains the word ‘generic’ quite a lot, and that’s because it’s important to realise that creating a generic CV is your worst enemy. An employer isn’t looking for someone who can just walk straight into the job and do it well, because most of the applicants would be expected to be able to do that. An employer is looking for someone who goes that extra mile and shines above the rest.
This is why creating an exceptional personal statement is vital if you want to create a great first impression. Here are some tips on how to create that stand out personal statement –
- Focus on who you are and what you can offer the employer
- Use the job description to identify your career goals
- Avoid a clichéd generic personal statement – make yours unique
- Highlight impressive skills and qualifications
- Personal statement must be relevant to the role
- Keep it short and to the point
Use keywords from the job advert
Look for the obvious stand out keywords from the job advert and use those throughout your CV. Try not to overdo it, and be subtle with how you incorporate them. If the company has advertised that they are looking for a dynamic individual, hard working with great communication skills and experience in sales; then already you’ve got some fantastic keywords which you can use to describe yourself.
What skills and qualifications do you expect the employer to want from a candidate?
Have they specifically stated these in the job advert?
Try to make sure your CV highlights the same skills and qualifications, as well as experience. There is no point in making a big deal about anything you’ve achieved if it doesn’t relate to the role you are applying for. The hiring manager wants to see how you directly relate to the position, and you need to make sure your CV clearly shows a match.
Using keywords is a great way to do this, and taking note of how they have worded certain requirements and matching that wording will make a huge difference.