9 ways to make your CV stand out

July 12, 2018
by Melissa Porter
It can be tempting to include as much information as possible on your CV, but sometimes less is more. Here are 9 ways to make your CV stand out.

When applying for a role, it can be tempting to try and include as much information about yourself on your CV in a bid to secure yourself that dream job.

But did you know that sometimes less is more?

To help you get past the initial hurdle, we’ve summarised 9 helpful ways to make your CV stand out.

DO tailor your CV to every application.

Perhaps an obvious one, but if you’re applying different types of jobs, it pays to have a CV tailored to each one. For example, if you’re in a hybrid role covering IT support and admin, you may want to focus on your IT skills if they are the types of roles you’re applying for.

It may be great that you know how to use a franking machine, but unless is going to be part of your new role, it may be best to focus on what’s relevant.

DON’T include a photo

Whilst it may be custom to include a photo on your CV in some countries, it’s not necessary to include a photo of yourself when applying for roles in the UK.

Diversity and combatting unconscious bias is heavily important in today’s recruitment world, so make sure you’re being considered for your skills, not your looks, and don’t include a photo.

DO include (the correct) contact details

You may be thinking who on earth applies for a job and doesn’t include contact details? Well, it actually happens more than you may think! And sometimes when they have been included, they haven’t been checked and the number is wrong.

Imagine applying for your dream job and not hearing back because the recruiter doesn’t know how to contact you!

DON’T include personal details

This refers to your marital status, age, religion, nationality, etc… It is now against the law to hire or reject candidates on the basis of this information as stated by the Equality Act 2010, so there’s no need to disclose these details on your CV.

DO include a professional sounding email

Perhaps another obvious one, but no matter how cool your cutie-pie@email.com address sounded when you were still at school, it may be best to keep it strictly for personal use only and sign up for a new one. Plus they’re free!

DON’T write your CV in third person

“Jack is an excellent communicator”, “Bob worked in accounts” – your CV is about you, your skills, your experience, and it’s obvious that your CV was written by you, so it’s best to keep everything in first person.

DO state if your roles were temporary assignments

There are times when taking on temp roles may be a necessity, for example following on from a redundancy or relocation, but if you’ve had several temporary roles back to back, you may want to clarify this on your CV.

Recruiters take into account the length of time served at each role, so to avoid giving the wrong impression of “job hopper”, make sure you clarify which roles were temporary assignments.

DON’T include reasons for leaving

At this stage, Recruiters are interested in your skills and your ability to do the role – not why you’re leaving, and including this information on your CV can actually do more harm than good. Leave it off and use your interview as an opportunity to discuss these points.

DO list your employment history in reverse chronological order

First impressions are everything, so it’s important to ensure that your CV catches the hiring manager’s eye within seconds.

Along with listing your key skills at the top, the best way to achieve this is by listing your employment history in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent first. If not, the first thing the hiring manager will see will be that part time role you took whilst you were still at school 12 years ago…


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