Writing a Standout CV: How to get noticed by recruiters
13/05/2024

Writing a Standout CV: How to get noticed by recruiters

In today’s competitive job market, your CV is your ticket to landing interviews and securing your dream job. With countless applicants competing for the same positions, it’s essential to make your CV stand out from the crowd. 

At LINKS Recruitment we understand the importance of a well-crafted CV, and we’re here to guide you through the process of creating one that showcases your skills, experience, and personality in the best possible light.

Tailor Your CV to the Job: One size does not fit all when it comes to CVs. Take the time to customise your CV for each job application by highlighting the skills and experiences you have that are most relevant to the position you’re applying for. Carefully review the job description and incorporate keywords and phrases that match your qualifications. You can also add a cover letter that can focus on how you would be a perfect fit for the role because of these transferable skills. 

As well as showcasing why you would be a good candidate for the role, it also indicates your commitment to the role and eagerness to be noticed by the hirer – which goes a long way in the eyes of a recruiter. 

Start with a Strong Personal Statement: Personal statements are like the sales pitch of your CV, and many recruiters believe that it is one of the most important parts of a CV, as it provides an easily accessible overview of your abilities. 

This statement should be a short summary that captures the attention of hiring managers, briefly introducing yourself, highlighting your key skills and achievements, and expressing your enthusiasm for the role.

Ask  yourself, why should they hire you, and how are you different from other applicants? And answer these questions in your statement. Making your personal statement as unique as possible is crucial to ensure you stand out from the crowd.

Highlight Your Achievements: Instead of simply listing your previous job duties, focus on quantifiable achievements that demonstrate your impact in previous roles. Use specific examples and metrics to showcase your contributions and highlight your value to potential employers.

Many people are uncertain how to express their achievements vs. responsibilities. This is because many responsibilities can often seem to be achievements and most achievements can appear to be responsibilities. So, think about the things that had a lasting effect on others, or that were out of the normal day-to-day responsibilities that made a difference. 

You want hirers to think ‘wow, it would be amazing to have someone do that here’ – and highlighting achievements is the best way to do this. 

Keep it Concise and Easy to Read: Recruiters and hiring managers are often hiring for multiple roles, that have many applicants, so they will have limited time to review each CV. Due to this, it’s essential to keep yours concise and easy to read. 

Use bullet points to organise information and avoid long paragraphs. Choose a clean, professional font and format your CV for readability. It’s also vital that you capture their attention in the first 10 seconds, which is why it’s so important to nail that personal statement! 

Showcase Your Skills: In addition to your work experience, be sure to highlight any relevant skills, certifications, or qualifications that make you a strong candidate for the position. This could include technical skills, language proficiency, or specialised training.

This is where you also look to match the ‘desired skills’ that a company is looking for. Have you completed any extra qualifications or courses that make you a better-suited candidate for the role? These can also be soft skills, such as; communication skills, interpersonal skills, teamwork etc. 

Include Relevant Keywords: As of recent years, many companies will use applicant tracking systems or automated software to screen CVs that come through, so being tactical about keywords in your CV is important. To increase your chances of getting noticed, make sure to include relevant keywords and phrases from the job description throughout your CV.

Proofread Carefully: A single typo or grammatical error can undermine the credibility of your CV, so be sure to proofread it carefully before submitting. Consider asking a friend or colleague to review your CV as well, as fresh eyes can often catch mistakes you might have missed.

Be Honest and Authentic: While it’s important to present yourself in the best possible light, avoid exaggerating or embellishing your qualifications. Be honest about your skills and experiences, and let your personality shine through in your CV. For example, don’t say you’ve achieved a qualification if you don’t have proof, because you want to avoid being asked to show this, and falling at the first hurdle.          

Remember, your CV is your first impression with potential employers, so invest the time and effort to make it count. By following these tips you can create a standout CV that opens doors to exciting new opportunities. 

Good luck with your search!

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