When jobs are limited but applications are plentiful, recruiters look for any reason to filter to a manageable number. So that makes an applicant’s CV - or curriculum vitae - the most important when attempting to stand out from the crowd.
Here are five tips to ensure your CV finds its way to the short-listed lot.
1. Make it relevant
At Jobenvoy.com, you will hear our consultants always telling you about how much of a difference a tailored CV can make to an application and how vital to ensure the script is relevant to each job application, rather than sending the same generic CV
Ensure your CV has the keywords and key skills from the Job Advertisement you are applying for. By doing it this way, you indirectly give the recruiter the confidence that you have most of what they’re looking for.
Customising your CV to each application can be time-consuming – but if it gets you ahead and short-listed, don’t you think it’s worth it.
2. Don’t forget the details
Include key information - personal details, including name, address, phone number, email address and any professional social media presence should be clear.
You may not really believe to hear that a recruiter might screen out a CV which hasn’t been labelled accordingly. But in some cases, it happens.
Hence you should avoid naming your document "CV" or "My CV 2013".
Remember, the small details matter. Be sure to go over your cover letter and CV with a very fine-eye to ensure they are:
· free from spelling mistakes and grammatical errors
· labelled accordingly
· referencing the right information, such as company and job title, for the job in question.
3. Use the space effectively
Keep a note, it is highly recommended to really have a maximum of two pages of A4 for your CV, so you need to use it wisely.
Though employers might be interested in your overall work history, they’re also keen to find out how you’re relevant to the role they’re advertising – so try and ensure you only list the most relevant roles on your CV.
Showcase achievements - offer evidence of how targets were exceeded and ideas created, but always be honest
4. Think creatively
When it comes to CVs, particularly in the digital and creative sectors, a little bit of creativity can go a long way.
Keep it simple - it should be easy to read and use active language. You can select a format which best shows off your skills.
5. Include relevant links
Make it as easy as possible for recruiters to spot your suitability.
Following on from the last point, when it comes to creative and digital candidates, employers want to see their skills first-hand.
Be sure to include links to your relevant portfolios, profiles and previous work. Remember, it’s all about removing the barriers and making it as easy as possible for the recruiter to spot your suitability for the role.