How to Make Your CV Stand Out From the Crowd

Posted: 20.04.2017

Did you know the average number of people who apply for any given job is 118….And only 20% of those applicants get an interview…when it comes to writing a CV there’s a fine line between making your CV stand out, and over styling it to the point of it being distracting.

Your CV is your most valuable tool when applying for new job. It is your chance to make your first impression, tell your story, sell your experience and highlight your achievements. So Just Suffolk Jobs is here with a few tips on how to make your CV stand out from the others. 

The Length of your CV

We have come across CV’s at over 10 pages long!! (Seriously) Remember it’s not an autobiography you’re writing. Many people often feel that one page isn’t enough which definitely is not true. It is much better to have a good, strong one-paged CV rather than two pages that have you running on about unnecessary information. Unless you have more than 10 years of work history there really isn’t any need to have a CV that’s more than a page long.

Make it Relevant 

Have a think about what your audience wants to hear. A lot of people use their general CV designed to suit almost any job they’re applying for.  By tailoring your CV for different roles that you are applying for, focus on the elements of your experience that are suitable for that role, it may be a bit more time consuming but it’ll be well worth it in the end.

Keyword it up

More and more recruiters are using job sites to search for job seekers based on specific keywords, so it is important to try and include the terms which describe you and relates to the position you are applying for.
Don’t include a photo 

Remember you’re applying for a job…not a beauty pageant. Some recent research suggested that candidates face an 88% job rejection rate if they have a photo of themselves on their CV. There usually is no reason that the recruiter needs to know what you look like! They’ll find out soon enough in the interview.

Easy to Read

We can’t stress this enough! Your CV needs to be easy to read so that means no cute or quirky fonts! Stick to the fonts you probably consider ‘boring’ Times New Roman and Sans Serif are the way to go.  Long and Lengthy CV’s are unlikely to be
read, separate it into sections with clear headings…Maybe add a couple of bullet points. Also, you don’t want anyone squinting when reading your CV keep your font at size 11 or a little bigger, so If you’re having trouble getting it all onto one page, decreasing your font size in not the answer.

Check for Typos

Poor spelling is a pet hate of most recruiters so make sure you spell check each time you update your CV, even get a family member or friend to proofread the final version just to be 100% sure everything is spelt right and it makes perfect sense.

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