Want to land a job quickly? Patience and a persuasive CV is what you need. Your CV defines who you are, what you do, your skills, achievements, and most importantly, the value you can add to a company.
Making your CV compelling is not that hard of a task; you only need to learn a few do’s and don’ts, and the next thing you know, you have your dream job! One question you need to ask yourself while making your CV is, “how do you make it stand out?”
In this article, we have covered the top 10 CV-making tips and tricks, in no particular order, to help make your CV compelling and stand out from the rest of the applicants.
1. Keep It Short (No More Than Two Pages)
No one reads lengthy CVs; make sure your CV is precpexelise, clear, and to the point; making long CVs with too much irrelevant information will reduce your chances of landing a job. Moreover, the recruiters would rather not waste their time reading one lengthy CV when they can read 4 in that time.
2. Keep It Updated
Updating your CV is mandatory and cannot be skipped because it represents your professional experience. The recruiters need to know about your current knowledge to determine whether you will be a good fit for the role they are hiring for. Besides, an outdated CV gives a wrong impression to the recruiters; they might think you are lazy and careless.
3. Check It Carefully For Any Errors (Spelling or Grammatical)
Always proofread your CV for any spelling or grammatical errors. You can ask your friends or someone from your family to read it and see if they find any spelling or grammatical mistakes. Your CV might have everything a recruiter is looking for, but a small error can change his mind about proceeding with you. So do not take the risk and make sure your CV is error-free.
4. Don’t Mention Personal Details
Don’t mention your personal information in your CV because it will give off an impression to the recruiters and the interviewer that you are looking for sympathy. For example, keep your sob stories and struggles out of your CV to avoid biases from the interviewer. You should not add irrelevant information to your CV that has nothing to do with your professional life. This kind of information won’t help you in your professional career.
5. Keep It Honest
Exaggerating your skills and work experience might seem like an easy way to make your CV persuasive, but it is not! The easiest way to land a job with your CV is to stick to your existing skills and work experience. Also, if you get caught lying, you are doomed. Not only will you lose the job, but your trust and reputation.
6. Tailor And Adapt Your CV For Different Job Applications
Modify your CV every time you apply for a new job. Only keep the information relevant to the role you are applying for and remove/rearrange the rest.
7. Make It Presentable
Use a font size between 10 and 12 for your CV as it will take less space on the page, and your CV will look readable and presentable. Avoid using multiple font size and keep your font consistent throughout for a well-ordered look. Also, you can benefit from some tools and templates while creating your CV since they can help you prepare a CV with a more professional look.
8. Don’t Talk About Money
Including your salary expectations in your CV makes the recruiter and interviewer think you are mainly after the money and not eager to learn and gain experience. Therefore, salary discussion is not something to add to our CV.
9. Avoid the Use of Passive Voice
The use of passive voice makes your CV unclear and hard to read. Using an active voice in your CV is recommended as it is easy to read and understand for the recruiters.
10. Explain Your Career Gaps
You should also mention a bit about your career gaps in your CV. You can put a positive spin on these gaps and highlight the productive side of them. Explaining that your career gap was beneficial and you’ve learned new hard and/or soft skills, immersed yourself in different cultures, or further developed your education, provides that gaps in your career are viewed as positive experiences.
We hope our tips and tricks help you improve your CV writing. Make CVs that will help you stand out amongst thousands of applicants and get your dream job!