Get Your CV Noticed

One of the main mountains which young people have to climb nowadays is making an outstanding CV and knowing how to make it worth reading to a potential employer. More and more, jobs are being fought after by thousands of hopeful applicants. So, here’s a few nifty tips on how to layout your CV and what you should and (maybe) shouldn’t include:

  1. When it comes to applying to jobs, it’s important to be aware of your competition. It’s likely that hundreds of CV’s will be scattered on desks in front of colleagues and managers alike who will then have to pick CV’S at random and read what seems relevant to them. To make sure that you’re THAT CV, you need to stand out from the rest. However, in doing so, understand the balance between professional and personality. Rainbow design paper with curlz MT font won’t quite cut it anymore! Try to keep a clear layout with headings and subheadings but add a personal touch, such as keeping your name enlarged or in a different colour, making use of bold font or even section off your headings with your profile and contact details in a left hand column and your education and experience on the right.

  2. The second most important thing to be aware of before you even begin putting pen to paper is to know what exactly to include. If you’re applying for an accounting job, the employers aren’t going to be as excited by the fact that you have ‘excellent skills on Adobe Photoshop’ or the fact that you have a ‘personal alcohol license’ and no reliable experience in accounting. The most effective CV’s are ones which are concise, interesting and informative. Try to include only what they’re going to be impressed by or what would benefit them, even if it's only transferable skills; working as a bartender or waiter is still relevant if you’re wanting to go into customer service based jobs... which leads me nicely into my next point.

  3. Be smart! Try not to write streams and streams of text, because chances are, they’re not going to want to read it. Big chunks of text can seem daunting, so try to keep it to a minimum. Use bullet points for key facts and short lists for similar things, such as results and modules from your degree. You can even add symbols for your interests if you’re the creative type, this will allow more blank space on the page, making it easy for them to see each section.

Although writing a CV can seem like a daunting task, everyone has to write one at some point in their life (you’re not alone!) and chances are, they all look really similar. So the best thing to do is to think outside the box and put yourself in the employer's shoes. If you were wanting to hire someone, what would you want to be on their CV? What would be most important to you? And if you’re not sure, do a bit of research on their company. Nine times out of ten, there will be a section on their website saying what they deem most important. Sometimes you don’t need have the best grades, you just need to know what it is they’re looking for.