Building a Noticeable CV
Employers receive dozens, if not hundreds of applications from job seekers, so they are looking for individuals that stand out from the crowd. The most effective way to do this is to research the employer’s requirements and match them as closely as possible. In addition, research the company as a whole. Try to learn about their company culture, goals, and values. If you find similarities between you and the company, make sure this is relevant in your CV. Prove to them that you’re already the person for the job. Below are some quick tips for making your CV appealing and effective. If you’re looking for more guidance, contact Connect Recruitment for a personal consultation.
- Put your most important skills at the beginning.
- Keep the layout and design legible, consistent and easy to follow, with good clear headings and a large easy-to-read typeface such as Times New Roman, Courier or Arial.
- Orientate your CV towards specific (and quantifiable) achievements rather than duties and responsibilities.
- Write in clear, concise terms, using active words such as ‘accomplished’, ‘created’, ‘enhanced’, ‘launched’, ‘negotiated’.
- Highlight particular personal achievements. For example: ‘During my period as Manager, revenue increased by 120%.’
- Put your work history and educational details in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent. It is easier to follow.
- Be specific – use numbers or percentages to illustrate your successes.
- Check for spelling or grammar errors.
Writing a Great Cover Letter
Your cover letter should be an introduction of yourself. Include a description of the kind of position you are seeking, some of your major strengths, what makes you special, etc. A great cover letter encourages the reader to review your CV. As you have done with your CV, tailor each cover letter to the specific job and company.
Your Cover Letter should be…
- No more than one page long. Anything longer than this will not be read. Remember, they are going through hundreds of applications.
- Addressed to the appropriate person. If it’s not listed on the job description, check the company website or LinkedIn to identify who would be in charge of the hiring process.
- Written with a positive and ‘can-do’ attitude. You only have a short length to prove your potential.
- Clear about how you fit the role. Prove to them that you are the perfect match.
- Finished with a positive, enthusiastic close. Leave them with a lasting impression so they want to talk with you in person.
- Carefully checked for grammatical and spelling errors. Any errors may show that you’re not meticulous.