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Make your CV stand out

Career advice

Specialism-Banking-160px-x-160px_2.jpgWe know what employers look for when they scan CVs and have put together a few points to help yours find its way to the 'interview' pile. The purpose of your CV is not to get you a job, but to be enticing enough for an employer to take you through to the next step in the selection process.




Here are a few tips to make your CV stand out:

  • A personal statement directly beneath your contact details gives employers a snapshot of your key skills and work ambitions and should catch their attention if it matches up with what they are looking for.

  • Remember that employers are interested in the outcome or impact of your actions, not just a list of the tasks themselves.

  • When listing achievements, keep in mind that what really convinces employers is data. If you can illustrate your achievements with facts and figures, then make sure to do so.

  • Consider the differing impacts of the following two statements

  • Consistently exceeded sales targets in the last year

  • Exceeded sales targets in the last four quarters by x%, x%, x and x%, resulting in overall annual increase in turnover of €x Even if you struggle to recall or quantify your work achievements, it’s worth spending some time thinking about it as it's important.

  • Did you have a positive effect on productivity, efficiency, the speed of a process or response, customer complaints, waste, accidents, reporting, absences or any other aspect of an organisation's functioning? If you did, include it.

  • Above all, remember that you are trying to sell yourself. Using phrases like 'was involved in' and 'assisted' implies that you were more of a bystander than an instigator. Use strong action verbs and take credit where credit is due. It should always be 'I' and not 'we'.

  • Try to get help from someone creative and enthusiastic to assist you in interpreting and writing very positive phrases and descriptions about you for your CV.

  • Remember that you must also tailor your CV for each job as employers will expect and appreciate this. Take the time to get it just right and your CV is bound to stand out from the crowd.

Customise your CV

  • The market for all jobs is currently so competitive you need to give yourself an edge wherever you can. Customising your CV is essential.

  • At Hays we can tell when a CV is standard and hasn't been customised, as it will include information that has no relevance to the job in question. It can be very difficult at times to say all that you would like to say in your CV, so wasting space will harm your application.

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