Showing What You’ve Learned: 10 Tips for Making Your CV More Appealing

Apr 13, 2019 by

If you have been sending out tens or hundreds of CVs and still get no response, even on jobs you perfectly fit the bill, then here’s some bad news for you. That CV you fondly like emailing out could be selling you out. YES, it could be turning off potential recruiters!

Apparently, average recruiters spend a mere seven seconds scanning through a Resume and subsequently decide whether to trash it or give it a nod. They do this owing to the dozens of CVs they receive, most of them being as amateurishly written as yours. And because most of the massive job seeking community make silly, schoolboy mistakes on their curriculum vitae, lucrative job offers automatically pass them.

So, what can you do and hopefully get your CV noticed?

Well, it’s easy – make it stand out. Let it look a little more professional and irresistibly appealing to them and, trust me, they’ll call you. You just have to follow the following tips.

1. Give it a STRONG Start

That first paragraph is the first thing they see upon opening your CV and it’s rightly the one that forms their first impression of you. And so, to pack a powerful punch, let it start with a strong and super-powerful summary with words that are carefully chosen to attract the attention of recruiters. However, make it short and sweet with terms that tell why you are a unique breed!

2. Be clear, without using empty and unnecessary information

It is a CV, not a novel and that effectively means there’s no point of writing the word “Curriculum Vitae” at the very top of the document. Along with that, don’t write ‘name’ followed by your names or ‘address’ before indicating your contact address.

As you learn more about the art of maintaining clarity and conciseness, don’t tell a story or list down inessential information anywhere on it. Just a few details about your expertise, education background and referees are enough. Be brief, clear and with the right phrases and structure the CV well without making it look dull and an instant turn-off.

3. Tailor the CV to the job

Never again you should send a ‘universal,’ copy and paste CV to every job offer. Instead, sit down and understand the job requirements, especially what the potential candidate should possess. Basically, take the job description and effectively infuse them into your resume so that it aligns the hiring company’s ideals to what the CV portrays and effectively, your suitability.

4. Identify the right POWER Words and Descriptions and use them

It’s good to say you are the best candidate for the job. However, without backing it with the right words, the recruiter will trash it and skip to the next CV. In fact, for hiring agencies that use special software to sift through and choose the right candidates nowadays, they use special words.

They may choose to go CVs with such terms as adaptable, innovative, implemented and so forth and snap them up. So, watch out for the terms you use. Also, don’t just say why you are good in something – prove it with tangible examples and describes that ring a bell in the mind of the quick-skimming recruiter.

5. But don’t ignore the basics

It is okay to go for a premium quality template as that’s exactly what will make you a standout. However, that doesn’t mean you ditch the basic, most accepted features of a CV. You must make it look beautiful, on-point and without needless grammar and typos. It should also look and feel professional with paragraphs properly spaced out and contact details precisely indicated at the right parts.

6. Avoid pointless embellishments

It is a professional document, not an advert of some sort. And so, do not try making it look flashy with eccentric fonts and flashy colors. It’s okay to make it colorful and appealing, but without lots of clutter. Remember, recruiters prefer a CV that’s simple, flawless and on-the-point.

7. About your Contact Details, they should be easy to see

Having liked your CV, the recruiter will want a convenient way of reaching you. And so, it’s always recommended that you place them at the top of the first page and make each detail as clear and visible to see as possible.

Think of putting two different phone numbers, email address and maybe links to your social media. Other details, like your gender, date of birth and marital status aren’t important and belong to the Bio Data section.

8. Focus on your experience more

There’s a reason why this section comes on the first page of a resume – it’s because recruiters are mostly concerned with it. With that in mind, you must explicitly be clear with how experienced you are.

You should mention the skills you acquired and tailor them to the job you are applying for. If you possess no professional experience yet, use this position to speak of the student jobs you undertook. Be careful not to overdo or list needless details or even write a job that you handled for a short period.

9. On your educational background, touch on RELEVANT training more

As we had mentioned, your CV should be as specific to the job you are applying for as possible. And so, your educational background should be as directly linked to it as possible. Mention your High School grade and Bachelors, and still mention the other courses you pursued and training you obtained and is pertinent to the job. Essentially, let every detailed point to the job, albeit briefly.

10. Finally, you may ignore the Referees Section

After taking your time, diligently writing that resume, polishing it and ensuring it looks neat and impressive to the eye, there’s one critical section many people. The Referees section carries as much weight as any other section, but it’s unlikely that they will need to call them before meeting you.

So, it would be better if you do away with it altogether since they possibly have no significance in the early stage of the recruitment process. In fact, by not indicating any referees, yet the CV is a lot attractive, you are more likely to get shortlisted.

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