7 tips to make your CV more visible for your employer

  | Debbie Richardson

For any job opening today, the HR personnel usually have to deal with a deluge of CVs. In most cases, they do not have the time or resources to hold interviews with everyone that applies for a job. Thus, they are always searching for ways to weed out as many candidates as possible. In some cases, all it takes to get you CV disqualified is a simple glance. Thus, it is important for you to ensure that those first few seconds count.

1. Check the Typos

Whether it is a Starbucks application or an application at a blue-chip company, any typos will cause your CV to be chucked at first glance. The HR personnel has a keen eye for typos. Even if the rest of the CV is filled with glowing recommendations and achievements, they will not matter if there are typos.
After coming up with your CV, take a break of about 30 minutes and look at it again with a fresh mind. You will be able to identify any typos with more ease. Additionally, you can get a friend of yours to help you read the CV and identify any typos before you send it.

2. Ensure You Read the Job Description Carefully

Too many people searching for jobs cast their nets too wide. As a result, they end up applying for jobs that may not be well suited to them. It is especially so when applying for online jobs that only require you to click on a button.
It can be quite easy to be blown away by an impressive job title especially when you are hungry to get your first job. However, if you do not know the requirement for the job, your chances of success are quite dismal.
Besides that, when you mold the CV around the unique requirements of the job for which you apply, it ensures that you have a high chance of being picked. The job advertisement is essentially a recruiter telling you what their perfect candidate looks like. All you must do is convince him or her that you are the best pick.

3. Use the Right Keywords

Today, many recruiters use job sites to recruit based on certain keywords. It is thus important that you use industry specific terms when creating your CV. It could even involve using the right synonyms on the specific industry for which you apply. If you are fresh out of college, take the time to research the kind of terminology that is used in your industry.

4. Use a Proactive Approach in Your CV

When creating a CV and describing any previous experience always use the STAR method. Essentially, it stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Result. Thus, you should identify a situation and state how your actions helped to come to a certain result. In short, do not just state what you are good at, back it up with a description of specific steps that you took.

5. Make a Good Visual Impression

Your accomplishments will not be the only thing that the HR people check when deciding whether or not to toss away your CV. The first impression will be of the overall layout and structure of your CV.
For the most impressive visuals, you should use different font sizes while ensuring that you use a professional font. The formatting, layout, and the structure of your resume are all important in deciding whether you are picked. However, you should also avoid going overboard with the embellishments.
To be attention grabbing, the resume needs to have a logical structure. For instance, the contact information should appear before the academic qualifications. Additionally, if you graduated over a decade ago, the work experience should appear first before academic achievements. Additionally, use font and font sizes to draw the reader’s attention to important areas where you need them to linger.

6. Leave Out Irrelevant information

If you want your CV to be picked, you will have to know what you need to leave out. You might think that it is good to include a lot of information to pad a weak CV, but this can backfire on you. Including irrelevant jobs that you have held or mundane accomplishments may indicate to your employer that you have no idea what you want. When you use too much irrelevant information, it only acts as noise, which distracts your potential employer. It may be one of the reasons why you are never picked, especially if you are just fresh out of college.

7. Read the Instructions Carefully

When you come upon a job posting, you will always find a few instructions written in fine print at the bottom. Sometimes, they may even tell you not to send it via email but in person. Additionally, they may tell you to send the CV in a specific format such as the PDF or Word document. There may be other important details such as whether you need to include references, a portfolio and much more. While some of these instructions may seem mundane, be sure that the HR personnel will use them to weed out anyone that does not adhere to them.

Author's Bio: Debbie Richardson is an HR consultant and a Contributing Editor for Job Application Point. With more than 5 years in the HR field, she has managed to gain an advanced level of expertise when it comes to recruiting. She now enjoys consulting for medium-sized companies on how to hire the best candidates for the job and writing helpful guides for the average job-seeker.

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