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6 Tips to Get Your CV to the Top of the Pile

I hate CVs. No, it’s not because I search through thousands every week, it’s because even in 2015 with all the information available online the overwhelming majority are at worst, terrible, or at least could be much better!

Posted by Alex Robinson, PR and Digital Recruiter, Wednesday September 16 2015

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I hate CVs. No, it’s not because I search through thousands every week, it’s because even in 2016 with all the information available online the overwhelming majority are at worst, terrible, or at least could be much better! The good news is that there are a few things you can easily do to spice up your CV. So let me save you some time and share six tips I’ve learnt working for over five years in recruitment. 

1. You’re not a clone!

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The biggest mistake people make is that they put obvious information in their CV that EVERYONE has. ‘Excellent communication skills’ seriously…communication skills…who doesn’t have that? And even if they didn’t, would they tell you?

Make sure you state the specifics that make you stand out from your competitors. If you have managed great clients don’t just list them, include what value you added and if you’ve exceeded your targets, how much by?

Stand out, be unique and be invaluable!

2. Draw attention to the key points

Like any human, hiring managers are attracted to things that grab their attention and like me they see hundreds of CVs a day. You must format and edit your CV to be clear, concise and have the most relevant and exciting information at the top.  Start your CV off with a bang and ensure that the person reading it is engaged enough to read on.

3. Check it

Simple. Make a mistake on your CV – and you can forget about being taken seriously. You may as well walk into your interview with last night’s dinner dribbling down your face. 

4. Don’t be a nomad

If you’re a ‘freelancer’ or a ‘contractor’ or have had multiple roles over the past few years you MUST cover off the reasons for moving so many times. If you look ‘jumpy’ on your CV it’s not a good thing, but if you have moved a lot, covering off the reasons why will help massively.

5. SEO optimise

Recruiters search job boards and LinkedIn using key words they’re looking for so if you’re a; ‘Junior Sales Development Associate Project Partner’ change this to ‘Business Development Manager’ and get this in your CV as many times as possible without sounding weird. Also, change your LinkedIn accordingly.

6. Go old school and post it? Think differently

I’ll never forget the sales story of the recruitment consultant who bought 50 ‘Wispa’ chocolate bars, put them in large envelops with hand written letters attached to their business card saying they’d heard a ‘Wispa’ that the hiring manager was recruiting… they won a lot of business and certainly stood out.

Think about ways to stand out from the crowd; write a letter to the hiring manager, print your CV on to coloured paper and drop it off at their offices. I’ve just hired a young sales person who made a video of themselves and emailed it to me…be creative and make sure you are memorable.

There is lots you can do to help yourself, your perfect role isn’t going to come knocking on your door, you have to treat finding a job as a full time role in itself and actually work hard – sitting on job boards and filling out online applications isn’t always going to work and it certainly doesn’t constitute as hard work in my opinion.

If you found this information useful please feel free to contact our recruitment consultants for more advice or comment below and I’ll come back to you as soon as I can.

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