Simple CV tweaks that will get you noticed by employers
If you’re regularly applying for jobs you think you’re perfect for, but aren’t receiving responses, perhaps your CV isn’t standing out amongst the competition.
To make sure you’re noticed by top employers, and for the right reasons (unlike this guy), here are some simple CV tweaks that will strengthen your application.
Inject relevant keywords
Firstly, your CV must show that you’re a suitable candidate for the position. The simplest way to do this is by injecting relevant keywords throughout your CV. Look through the job description, and identify common industry keywords, from specific skills, to industry acronyms, and pepper them through your CV. This shows the recruiter that you’re a great match for the role as you’ve highlighted your relevance using their own language.
Use facts & figures
It’s all very well listing your responsibilities and duties, telling employers what you can do. However, if you want to make the sell, you need to prove that you’ll be a valuable addition to the team. That’s where numbers, facts and figures come in.
Not only are numbers easier to digest, but they’re also a strong way to quantify your value. When listing your experience, you might choose to include some monetary figures such as revenue or return on investment. You could also include percentages of targets achieved or growth.
By supporting your duties and achievements with numbers, you demonstrate your value and prove your worth to prospective employers.
Remove the irrelevant
If you want to get your CV noticed for the right reasons, you need to remove irrelevant information.
Your CV should be filled with details that show prospective employers why you’re the best match for their job. If your CV is filled with skills and knowledge that are not referenced in the job description, you need to reduce the detail as it’s not relevant.
Other areas of a CV recruiters rank as the most irrelevant include: outdated employment history, headshots, school grades, overused industry jargon and unnecessarily big words. Therefore, carefully choose what to include in your CV or it could harm your chances of securing an interview.
Up-to-date contact information
You could be the best candidate for the role, and your CV may prove this, but if your contact information isn’t up to date, you could be missing out on opportunities.
At the top of your CV, list your phone number(s), email address and a link to your LinkedIn profile if you have one. Check the details are correct several times before you hit submit.
Accurate spelling and grammar
If you’re in the zone and typing away, it can be easy to make little mistakes. However, these small mistakes can have a huge impact on your application.
Proofreading your CV is essential for success. While a spellchecker is useful, it won’t catch everything. For example, you might have written ‘out’ instead of ‘our’ or ‘food’ instead of ‘good’. Try reading your CV aloud to make catching errors that little bit easier, too.
Keep your formatting consistent
While your CV must read well, it must also look the part. To get your CV looking clean and professional, keep your formatting consistent throughout.
Stick to an easy-to-read font such as Arial or Calibri and make the body of your CV anywhere between 10-12 points to ensure an easy read. Each section must be introduced with a clear, bold header to help guide the recruiter when reading, too.
Your CV must be two pages long. If it’s spilling over or is just shy, try playing around with the font sizes and margin widths to make it fit comfortably. This will make your CV appear complete and will help it stand out to employers.
About the author: Laura Slingo is Digital Copywriter for the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library. For more expert advice on job searches, careers and the workplace, visit their Career Advice pages.
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