4 ways to instantly make your CV stand out

Raise your hand if you’ve ever suspected that your CV could be the reason you’re not getting as many calls as you hope.

 

A solid CV is essential for getting your foot in the door. Here, we’ll explore tips to make your CV stand out instantly.

 

1. Include your LinkedIn profile URL

Recruiters are moving online so why shouldn’t you do the same? Create a customised LinkedIn profile URL to make it more memorable. To do this, check out Linkedin Help page.

 

2. Write a good career summary

 

This section enables recruiters to quickly identify what value you can bring to the organisation and this helps them decide whether to continue reading.

 

Keep this section short and sweet, around 2 to 3 sentences in length. Make sure you include your career goals, unique experiences and achievements, and knowledge and skills that are relevant to the role.

 

3. Show, don’t just tell

 

When it comes to your experience and employment history, avoid empty self-promotion and substantiate with details such as “sales increased by XX% in Y months” or “managed a team of X and kept retention rate low at YY%”. Let the results speak for themselves!

 

Vary your action verbs to add colour to your CV. Keep your CV interesting and excite readers with your words!

 

If you’ve led a project…

  • Chaired
  • Coordinated
  • Executed
  • Oversaw
  • Orchestrated
  • Chartered
  • Spearheaded

 

If you’ve increased sales, revenue etc…

  • Accelerated
  • Achieved
  • Advanced
  • Boosted
  • Enhanced
  • Expedited
  • Generated
  • Maximised
  • Outpaced
  • Attained
  • Exceeded
  • Outperformed
  • Surpassed
  • Succeeded

 

If you’ve improved something…

  • Converted
  • Integrated
  • Merged
  • Modified
  • Overhauled
  • Redesigned
  • Refined
  • Remodelled
  • Reorganised
  • Restructured
  • Revamped
  • Revitalised
  • Simplified
  • Streamlined
  • Strengthened
  • Upgraded
  • Transformed

 

If you’ve managed a team...

  • Cultivated
  • Directed
  • Enabled
  • Fostered
  • Mentored
  • Guided
  • Motivated
  • Supervised
  • Trained
  • Coached
  • Advised

 

4. Include references to add credibility

Contact a few references and get their consent to list their names and contact details in your CV. Include also their designation, and when and how you have worked with him/her.

 

Finally, do not forget to check for typos or grammar errors. These have the ability to make or break a deal. Now that you have a strong CV, check out our latest tech jobs and apply away!

 

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