From the beginning of time; the thing we wanted most in life was to matter; to live a life and do work that has meaning. Man’s first thought was, “I AM.”
The problem is that making yourself stand out from the rest when looking for a job is quite challenging, especially when for any given job position, the recruiter is deluged by resumes.
The fact is most HR managers only glance at funny CV before they decide to either toss it into the “no” or “yes” pile. So your job is to make your CV stand out in just a few seconds. The following are 12 ways to make your CV look and read differently than others.
Use Industry Buzzwords
In a way it’s a shame, but most people have learned to identify the experience a professional has by the industry buzzwords he uses. Like adding flavorful spices to a favorite dish, buzzwords can add that special touch to your CV, but as with your favorite spice, you want to use it sparingly. Use words like: Team player, Managed, Accomplished, Developed.
Now while these are power words, it’s important to use them in natural language and sparingly. And keywords alone won’t guarantee your resume stays on the top. You’ll also need to follow the next tips.
Tailor Your Resume
Tune your resume to the industry for which you want to apply. Add in the detail that demonstrates you are a good fit for the job. But make these key statements stand out and easily identifiable within your CV.
Use a Contemporary, Attractive and Professional Format
Check the Grammar
The absolutely worse thing you can do is get it all right only to get it all wrong. You can use great buzzwords, have a wonderful personal brand; but if you don’t check your grammar and your spelling, it’s all for naught. Make sure your CV is polished and error-free. And make sure all of the relevant information is on a first page.
Make that Personal Branding Statement
Use a header form to write out your hard-hitting branding statement at the top of your CV. This is the statement that defines who you are and the position you’re seeking. Remember this is your personal branding statement; the sentence that stands out among all other things.
Never use a negative opinion of a former employer or corporation. Always stand out for your professionalism, and really, is there a need to include your politics, personal qualities, or hobbies? Not really. Just keep it job related but very professional.
If possible, include metrics in your CV. adding metrics is an excellent way of quickly demonstrating how you’ve benefited the companies or businesses you’ve worked for. Employers see a strong correlation between past performance and future results.
This goes beyond the typical job description. It’s not about basic duties but about you adding that personal brand; that ‘wow’ factor. It’s your demonstrating how you made a difference for your previous employer.
Keep the Recruiter’s Needs Front and Center
You must know what the industry needs or recruiter’s needs are. So instead of conducting a generalized job search, research the requirements of a few opportunities and target those specifically. This gives you a better sense of branding, keywords and focus.
Tell Your Story Well
Most people think it’s bragging to want to tell your story. But deep down inside, everyone loves a good story teller; we always have. Show off your accomplishments, your knowledge and skills by talking about them in your CV. This lets an HR recruiter know what you’ve accomplished and what you are bringing to the table.
Keep It Long but also Short and Sweet
O.K. so this one is a little contradictory, but your CV should be long enough to tell a good story, yet short enough to skim in a single sitting. Keep in mind that short and simple doesn’t mean uninteresting. Sometimes making a well written piece needs to be short, but by the same token, it also needs relevant and interesting information.
Don’t Overuse Fancy Aesthetics
While you don’t want your CV to be too plain and simple, you don’t want to overdo it either. Use color conservatively, while at the same time visually differentiating it from the rest.
Visual effects can draw the recruiter’s eye to the document, make it stand out against black and white documents, but using color must be appropriate to the industry you are applying for.
Review the best resume templates 2016 to get the understanding of proper layout.
You don’t have to Stick to the One Page Rule
You can make a CV longer than one page, especially if you have a lot of experience and have been in the workforce for more than 15 years. Don’t force yourself to take out important information on your accomplishments. Use the space you need, but don’t make it unnecessarily long.
Add a Professional Cover Letter
Many candidates forget one of the most important elements to a CV submittal process, that of adding a cover letter. More importantly, over half of all HR professionals won’t even glance at a resume, when a cover letter isn’t included. However, there is also the other side of the coin here too; some employers expressly instruct candidates to not send in a cover letter. Only in this situation, should you avoid sending the accompanying cover letter.
Network, Network, Network
If you are unemployed, sending in resumes and getting noticed should be a full time job. Most mid to senior level positions are filled by the candidate’s networking efforts. Contact everyone you know in the industry, as well as the recruiters who are in a position to help you find the position you want. This networking can include:
- Contacting business professionals you’ve worked for before, or even those who’ve worked for you.
- Talk to sales reps and vendors whom you’ve dealt with before.
- Talk to other peers who graduated with you.
Just remember, a solid CV paired with those networking skills can greatly increase your odd of earning that interview.
When to Create the CV?
Even when you aren’t actively looking for a new position you are probably on the lookout for a better job opportunity. Statistics show that on average professionals change positions 10 to 15 times during their careers, so even if you aren’t without a job, you’ll want to keep your resume up to date and ready for that perfect job opportunity.
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