From our guest blogger, Mary Walton
Recruiter managers and employers certainly do have their work cut out. More and more companies are complaining about the lack of quality CVs that they are receiving with every vacancy they release to the public.
While the potential employees themselves may be good and suitable for a job, the resume says otherwise, making the whole process long and complicated for everybody involved. But where does this leave you?
Today, we’re going to go through eight essential, need-to-know tips on how to improve your CV so you can stand out from the crowd and secure that next interview.
Use Professional Formatting
I know we’re trying to make your resume stand out but that doesn’t mean you should make your CV look ridiculous. Stick to using wide margins, a clear, black and readable font and break up longer paragraphs into smaller sections so they’re easy to read.
In short, you don’t want to use pink writing in a huge size that an employer won’t take seriously.
Using Available Templates
Thanks to the internet, there are a tonne of CV templates you can download and use to help you write your own CV. This goes hand in hand with the consideration above as it helps you to keep everything formatted properly and professionally.
Simply search the job role you’re applying for in your favourite search engine, plus the phrase ‘CV template’ and you’ll easily find one that you can download and use.
Leave Out the Personal Statement
Most CVs open with a common and relatively generic paragraph known as a personal statement. However, these are statements that are no longer relevant since they are just generic, and most employers simply won’t be interested in them.
It’s highly recommended that you keep your CV to a single page so why waste that precious real estate on a statement that they don’t want to read?
Focus on What Makes You Stand Out
If you want to write a CV that stands out from the crowd, you want to include information that’s going to make you stand out, instead of just general information. General information is defined as responsibilities in your role etc.
“If you work in retail and you’re applying for a retail job, the chances of the responsibilities being roughly the same are very high. Instead, try focusing on the aspects of your career that you’ve excelled in and accomplished over time. These are far more likely to entice potential employers,” shares Mike Wilson, a CV writer for Paper Fellows.
Use Online Tools
As a job hunter, especially if you’re already in work, it can be difficult to find the time to perfect your CV, such as reading through to find spelling mistakes, typos and grammatical errors. Here are some tools you can use that will help;
- State of Writing and My Writing Way – These two blogs are full of CV writing guides you can follow when writing your own.
- Resumention – A website full of CV templates and a builder you can use to create your CV.
- UK Writings – An online writing agency that can help answer any CV-related questions you may have, as recommended and featured as one of the best by UK Top Writers.
- Via Writing and Grammarix – These two blogs are dedicated to educating and improving your knowledge of grammar.
- Boom Essays – A dedicated writing service that can help you with tips on how to secure an interview and tips for during the interview.
- Cite It In – A free online tool that can help you insert properly formatted citations and references.
- Essay Roo – An online writing agency that can write and create custom CVs on your behalf should you have no time.
- Easy Word Count – A free online tool you can use to track and manage the word count of your CV.
Use Keywords in Your CV
Nowadays, job vacancies can receive hundreds of applicants that can swamp employers and businesses. To deal with this influx, recruiters are now using software that scans CVs that they have been sent so they can pick up keywords that are in the CV.
The software picks out these keywords from the CV to help recruiters narrow down which CVs they are going to read. This means you need to put these keywords in your CV for yours to get chosen. The best place to look for these keywords are in the job description.
Tailor Your CV to the Job
It’s highly advised that you don’t send the same generic to every single job that you apply for but rather edit your resume to match the role that you’re applying for.
You need to make sure that you’re matching your CV in terms of language, format and style and that the information you’re providing matches exactly what the recruiter is looking for.
Perfect Your CV
You need to make sure that you re-read and check through your resume to make sure that it’s free from any errors such as spelling mistakes, typos, grammatical errors and more.
You may have written a stellar CV that is almost guaranteed to secure an interview but typos and errors in your work can show a lack of attention to detail which could cost your opportunity of going onto the next stage of the recruiter process.