TOP TIPS FOR STANDING OUT ON PAPER

Your CV is the first chance to impress employers and recruiters, and with unemployment levels soaring due to Covid-related redundancies, we know it’s more important than ever to make sure you stand out on paper.

Whilst experience is crucial, a poorly drafted CV could easily cause this to be overlooked. We’ve teamed up, combining the expertise of all our managers, consultants and Partners, and formulated a list of top tips for your CV to give you the best possible chance when applying to jobs – at all levels, not just executive appointments

As an executive headhunting service our standards are incredibly high, so we guarantee by incorporating our advice you’ll be in for a far better chance at securing yourself the interview!

Five tips for maximum impact:

  1. Tailor your CV: every job is different, and will vary in terms of skills and experience required. Take a look at each job description and ensure you’re responding to it directly. List your skills and experience right at the top so that it’s immediately evident your expertise is perfectly suited to the role.
  2. Short & sweet: your CV should be detailed, but concise. Try using bullet points within your experience to list duties and responsibilities to ensure you’re not over explaining – remember the job you’re applying for will often have hundreds of applicants; getting the information across as quickly and efficiently as possible will improve your chances of getting bumped up to the top of the pile!
  3. Format: use a clear and professional font, sized 12, and black and white. If you wish to include colour, include a plain navy blue banner, for example. Colour can make or break a CV, so keep it simple! We agree it’s important to stand out, but if your CV is unreadable it will be disregarded. Bright colours and calligraphy-styled fonts should always be avoided.
  4. Chronology: your education and experience should always be listed in reverse chronological order to provide a timeline. Employers are always more interested in your recent experience, and only that which is relevant – there is no need to include part-time work from decades ago which has non-transferrable skills irrelevant to the role you’re applying for.
  5. Stand out: include a hobbies, interests, or causes section within your CV – a candidate applying to an environmental job may wish to include examples of protests or campaigns they recently participated in, for example. This is a great opportunity to make yourself memorable and offer something to associate with you should you be invited to the interview. A great tip is doing some research on the CEO or HR manager on LinkedIn beforehand and seeing if you have any interests that overlap. This is always a great conversation starter and helps to foreground a relationship with your employer.

Our consultants can offer some great advice on how to tweak your CV to give you the best chance possible, so take a look at our jobs and get in touch today to see how we can help you secure your dream job!