There’s lots of news so far this January concerning pay rises and job openings across the country. But while the opportunity might well be there, it’s still up to you to sell yourself to prospective employers.
Considering your CV is the first introduction a recruiter will have, we reckon it’s the best place to start polishing. Here are a couple tips to help you stand out from the crowd.
1. Use a template, with hundreds available online. The structure isn’t as important as the content, but it’s up there, and making sure your CV is readable is a great step forward. Use bullet points instead of large chunks of text, and avoid using overly technical terms where possible.
2. Proofread – nothing makes a CV look more unprofessional than spelling error or typos; always check beforehand.
3. Tailor – don’t fire off the same CV for each job application. Read and re read the job description, and adjust your CV to suit.
4. Interests and achievements – show the recruiter that you’re an interesting person. Anything from sports participation to reading or voluntary work gives a recruiter more information about who you are, and supports your application. Don’t go too overboard though, as you might well come across as cocky.