Tips to help make your CV stand out
Understanding how to get your CV noticed by recruiters is crucial to increasing your chances of landing job interviews and ultimately securing a job. Here are some tips to make your CV stand out and catch the attention of recruiters.
Tailor your CV
Customise your CV for each job application to match the specific requirements and keywords mentioned in the job posting. Highlight relevant skills, experiences, and achievements that align with the role you are applying for.
Use a professional format
Your CV should be well-organised and easy to read. Use a professional font, bullet points, and appropriate spacing to make it visually appealing and easy for recruiters to skim through.
Begin your CV with a compelling summary or objective statement that highlights your key strengths, experiences, and career goals. This will quickly grab the recruiter's attention.
Showcase your achievements
Instead of just listing your job responsibilities, emphasise your accomplishments and quantify them with specific numbers and data whenever possible. This helps demonstrate your impact and adds credibility to your claims.
Many companies use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to screen CVs before they even reach the hands of recruiters. Incorporate relevant keywords and phrases from the job description to increase the likelihood of passing through ATS filters.
Highlight your skills
Create a separate section for your skills and qualifications to showcase specific expertise that makes you suitable for the job. Include both technical and soft skills.
Keep it concise
Recruiters receive numerous applications, so keep your CV concise and focused on the most relevant information. Aim for a CV length of one to two pages.
Incorporate visual elements
While it's essential to maintain a professional format, adding visual elements like graphs, charts, or icons can help highlight key achievements and make your CV more visually appealing.
Include relevant projects
If you have relevant side projects, volunteering experiences, or extracurricular activities that demonstrate your skills and passion, include them in your CV to show a well-rounded profile.
Proofread your CV thoroughly to ensure it's free from grammatical errors, typos, and formatting issues. Recruiters may be put off by CVs with mistakes.
Use online platforms
Create profiles on professional networking sites like LinkedIn and upload your CV there. Many recruiters actively search for candidates on these platforms.
If possible, network with professionals in your industry or company of interest. Referrals from current employees can increase your chances of getting noticed by recruiters.
By following these tips, you can increase the visibility and impact of your CV, making it more likely to catch the attention of recruiters and improve your job search prospects.
For more information regarding how to get your CV noticed by recruiters, check out SEEK's article on four tips for getting your application noticed.
Additionally, you can click the button below to read our e-book on how to improve your resume.
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Now that you know how to get your CV noticed by recruiters, you should take a moment to check our current vacancies page.
At 11 Recruitment, we have a range of white-collar temp and perm jobs available. We're always on the lookout for top talent to place with our clients, so we encourage you to apply for any positions that are of interest.
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