“Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.”
You wait, and you wait, but you never hear from them. You begin to feel frustrated. You feel like you’ve been rejected without a chance to prove yourself. Does that seem familiar?
The truth is, your curriculum vitae, more commonly known as your CV, may have let you down. Many candidates are rejected after companies/HR take a quick glance over their CV. So, how do you get your foot in the door?
Here are seven secrets to make your CV stand out:
8 Secrets to Securing an Interview with Your CV
1) Keep it short
The general rule of thumb is not to exceed two A4 pages. Put yourself in your employer’s shoes. You’ve received an overwhelming influx of CVs in your inbox and have been glancing through them all day. How would you feel about a 5 pager CV in a miniscule font featuring a raft of irrelevant achievements? Help the reader out by only including the relevant details.
2) Demonstrate that you’re a good fit
Your CV should be tailored to the position that you’re applying to. Refer to the Job Description for the requirements of the position and tweak your CV to focus on the qualities and experiences you have that directly meets them. Feel free to ask your recruiter if you’re not clear about the requirements.
3) Quantify your achievements
Avoid listing your previous work experiences and achievements without any evidence. Instead, include specific figures (wherever possible) that highlight things like the revenue, timeline, or scale of your work. This will give the recruiters a better idea about your real-world impact.
4) Use action verbs
Words or phrases like “involved in” or “assisted” give the impression that you were an observer in that project. You didn’t really get your hands dirty, diminishing your claim of having experience in that area. Try including words like “achieved” or “managed” instead. Pair this technique with number 3 for a highly-effective achievements section! You can check out this list of action verbs for inspiration.
5) Use an easy-to-glance format
Recruiters spend an incredibly short time initially glancing through CVs in an attempt to pick out keywords they’re looking for. Structure your CV in easy-to-understand sections and use simple text formatting such as larger section headings, and bolded achievements to differentiate your content. Avoid complicated styling and tables that can appear differently from one computer to the next, and that may trip up automated CV scanning softwares.
6) Enable several levels of reading
Remember that your CV must present the right key information whether the reader spends 30 seconds (glancing through your qualifications at the early stage), 5 minutes, or 15 minutes (when hiring managers start their process of deciding between the shortlisted candidates).
7) Double, or even triple check, and get feedback!
Spelling and grammatical errors reflect poorly on you. However, it seems to be the easiest to overlook. You can miss out on the tiniest details after looking at the same document over and over. Show that you are meticulous and take pride in your work by getting a second pair of eyes to review your CV. You can ask recruiters after your first interview for feedback on your resume to get valuable areas of input.
8) Put a great picture of you (when allowed)
Some countries are more keen than others on this practice in general. Therefore, you should do your research first. If possible, having a great picture of you on your resume is usually helpful. Select it with great care to present yourself in the best professional light.
Your Career Management Experts,