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5 ways to make your CV stand out from the crowd

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You will greatly improve your chances of being invited to an interview if you target your CV to a particular job. By showing the ways in which you meet the job description, you’re making it easier for potential employers to see instantly why you’re the right person for their job. Here are a number of key strategies to ensure you are effectively targeting your CV.

Let’s go through the basic CV outline:

1. Personal Profile – Your personal profile should detail your career motivations and goals, experience and key skills. If you mirror key words, phrases, terminology, skills and qualities that are stated in the job description, you will persuade recruiters to read on and look at your whole CV. For example, if you are looking for work in the drink industry and employers are looking for candidates with packaging or production, make sure these words appear in your personal profile.

2. Skills – Think how easy it would be for a recruiter to see that you’re suitable if the skills you demonstrate are in the same order or have the same headings as the job description. Skills are often keywords in the job description or criteria in the person specification. You may not have all of them but try and include all the essential skills.

3. Professional Experience – Achievements added to your work experience are a real positive, particularly when you show relevance and value to the job. Use examples that are clearly related to the job description and use the same terminology. Consider things like awards, achievements or additional training and mention specific skills that have made a difference or had a wider impact.

4. Qualifications – Job descriptions contain a set of required qualifications and you must provide a detailed list of qualifications that meets those. Broad descriptions of qualifications aren’t good enough, particularly when all the other applicants will have similar qualifications. Spell it out, so you’re obviously qualified for the job.

5. Hobbies and Interests  – Most job descriptions stipulate certain personality traits that are required. Identify what they are and see how your hobbies relate. For example if you are applying for a managerial position, then mention the fact you captained your football team which shows your leadership ability.

Final Thoughts – A job description will provide you with a glimpse of what the company is like but you should also look at their website, particularly staff profiles to further understand what they may be looking for in a candidate.

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