Make your CV stand out
How to optimise your CV for a specific job
If you’re searching for a new career, it’s an unfortunate fact that most of us can no longer make do with a one-size-fits-all CV. In today's job market, you need to write one that’s been targeted for a specific role.
Recruiters know it‘s relatively simple to modify a CV and employers aren't likely to look favourably on one that hasn't been tailored to the role. Place yourself in the shoes of an employer, whether it’s an agency or in house – if a potential candidate isn't prepared to invest the time and effort to show what they could specifically bring to a role, how does that reflect on their commitment to getting (or performing) the job? You could find that your application is rejected - no matter how qualified you are for the role.
Of course, you don't have to start from scratch every time you apply for a job, but there’s some key modifications you can make that could help you stand out and demonstrate why you’re the right person for the role.
1. Research the company
2. Assess the job ad
Take a close look at the job description in the ad, the list of duties, essential experience and the key skills that they are looking for. When targeting your CV, be sure to highlight areas of your own experience that directly relate to them.
3. Pay close attention to your vocabulary
Recruiters are often given a list of keywords from HR departments. This helps us search for talent and work out whether the candidates have the right experience to be put forward for a particular role. Recruiters and in house HR people pick out CVs that feature these keywords. Examine the job posting for any words or phrases that you could incorporate into your own CV that will help put your name to the top of any search lists.
4. Put your best foot forward
5. Double check it