Before lockdown, the thought of updating your CV and Linked in profile could seem like such a chore, but there has a never been a better time to get productive make the most of your free time. Whether you’re actively looking for a new role, or you just want to level up your professional profile, we’ve got loads of tips to help you stand out from other applicants.
The aim of a CV is always to make a positive impact on the reader and convince them that you are right for the role.
7 tips to improve your CV
- Research the role and tailor your resume
- Break up your text to make it easier to read
- Use language that shows what you have ACHIEVED, not what you have done
- Include numbers and statistics to back up your claims
- Avoid cheesy clichés, just be yourself
- Don’t lie or exaggerate
- Include voluntary work, experience and placements
- Use Photoshop, Illustrator or free platforms to make your CV stand out.
Research the role and tailor your resume
Create yourself a basic CV with all of your experience, qualifications and personal information. Once you have this template, you can create different versions depending on the job you are applying for. If you are going for a role at a fashion company, your work experience in retail is way more relevant than if you were applying for an accountancy job. Pick and choose what to include depending on what the role is asking for.
Break up your text to make it easier to read
Use headers, small paragraphs and bullet points to break up your text and make it easier to read. Chances are there will be hundreds of people applying for the same job as you and the employer has countless CVs to read through. By shortening your texts to bitesize chunks, you have a better chance of being noticed.
Use language that shows what you have ACHIEVED, not what you have done
Use language to impress your potential employer, rather than just stating facts. Instead of saying “I am responsible for sales of the company’ try saying ‘I optimised sales figures for the company by implementing new processes’. Explain HOW you have done something successfully.
Include numbers to back up your claims
If your new role can be measured by numbers, be sure to include them! Whether you work in marketing and you have increased clicks to the site by 60% or you work for a sales company and you have hit targets every month, tell your new employer! This is success they can actually measure.
Avoid cheesy clichés, just be yourself
Everyone includes the same phrases such as ‘self starter’ or ‘works well alone or part of a team’. The way to make your CV stand out, is to be yourself and talk about your skills without using the same clichés as everyone else. Just use your own words and be brave.
Don’t lie or exaggerate
There is NOTHING worse that being questioned on a lie! It’s not worth it. If you don’t have experience in something on the job role, think of how your actual experience may be relevant. Maybe you handled a difficult customer in your retail role, or you worked with statistics in your university dissertation.
Include voluntary work, experience and placements
You might not think that a week long summer placement at a local newspaper or council office is relevant to the role, but it is. If you have done voluntary work, it shows your employer that you are willing to put the extra effort in. Be proud of your achievements.
Use Photoshop, Illustrator or free platforms to make your CV stand out
Depending on the company and role you are applying for, you can be creative with the layout of your CV. Free websites such as Canva have easy templates which use icons, bold colours and cool layouts, which will get you noticed over the hundreds of A4 word documents. Keep it professional, but don’t be afraid to be different.
Now you have built the perfect CV its time to pick the perfect interview outfit…
Dress professionally, but don’t be afraid to be yourself. Confidence is key, so wear something that you feel fire in. Opt for a chic blazer, trouser suit or smart dress. Whether you are doing a video interview or face to face interview, dress up and feel good. You got this.
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