Some great tips from Red Recruitment in Shrewsbury on how to really make your CV stand out from the crowd.
Make your personal statement pop
First of all, short and sweet is the key – nobody likes a rambler! If your personal statement is too long the reader will more than likely switch off. Make what you write stand out by emphasising your best qualities, but get straight to the point – quality over quantity!
Who are you?
What are your career goals?
What can you bring to a company?
Spelling and Grammar
Spelling and grammatical errors happen far too often, this is why you should read through your CV or even get a friend to proof read it before sending it off to potential employers. If an employer spots a spelling mistake and you’re going for an office based role you can guarantee your CV will be put in the bin!
Emphasise on changes in your career and growth within a company
Show this with demonstrations of what you can bring to a business, we can all use bullet points to say we have changed a business - throw in a few examples, show employers what you’re made of!
Highlight any accomplishments and draw upon their relevance.
Relate your CV to the job you’re applying for
If your CV doesn’t show any relevance to the job you’re applying for then the chances of getting a first stage interview are slim, employers and recruiters generally look for relevance or transferable skills. Whilst you might think that your talents will shine through regardless – this might not be the case. Although it may seem like a waste of your time it will definitely pay off to put a little extra thought into a few little changes.
Use industry keywords
Many recruiters or employers search for keywords that may associate with a job in order to find a suitable candidate, so this is definitely worthwhile! If you are unsure about this, have a look online and see what keywords might be relevant to your desired job and implement them into your CV.
Gaps in a CV never look good, unless you can account for them. Was there a reason you didn’t work for 5 years? Did you do anything productive in those 5 years e.g. a course? Fill in the gaps with any work experience or enhancement of current skills which may have taken place.
Tell the truth
Nobody wants to get caught out lying, and you will! If you lie on your CV you’re more than likely going to get caught out somehow, remember you do get referenced when you start a new job and you don’t want to get fired just after you get placed somewhere. You will more than likely be caught out at interview stage as recruiters want to know the ins and outs of each of your job roles.
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Rob Griffiths is the Recruitment Manager at Red Recruitment Solutions Ltd, an independent office recruitment agency in Shrewsbury. The team have experience recruiting staff throughout Shropshire and the...