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As a recruitment consultant you can receive hundreds of CVs every day, so what is it that ensures you take notice of a profile, before moving on to the next? There are a number of common weaknesses that appear again and again on CVs, so how do you ensure that your profile stands out?

 

DO:

  • Ensure that the information on your CV is concise – use bullet points that are easy to read and make sure to include key words.
  • Divide the information into ‘Responsibilities’ and ‘Achievements’ for each role, and ensure to include tangible results - figures and percentages will stand out from the page and draw the eye. Results will also demonstrate your commerciality and how you can add value to the business.
  • Format your CV – making use of bold lettering, italics and paragraphing etc will ensure that the information is quickly assimilated and makes immediate sense to the reader.
  • Adapt your CV when applying for different roles – for example ensure that key relevant information, for that particular role, appears first in the text (look at the job description for tips!).
  • Include contact details (you would be surprised at how many people don’t)!
  • Choose a simple text that is easy to read – don’t try to be too creative on your CV, it just hurts our eyes!

 

DON’T

  • Use abbreviations for words, e.g. CRM, HRIS, PM etc – it is not a given that the person reading your CV will be an expert in your field and understand what they all mean.
  • Include personal information on your CV, eg. age, ethnicity, height, date of birth, marital status, religion etc.
  • Write in the first person – instead of saying ‘I recruit for Supply Chain roles across the UK...’, say ‘ Recruit for Supply Chain roles across the UK...’. Use present tense for your current role and past tense for all previous roles and achievements.
  • Use an email address that is unprofessional, eg. BarbieGirl@investigo.com, i_found_truth_in_you@investigo.com. Instead, use an email address such as Jennifer.garner.21@investigo.com.

 

Follow these tips and you should have recruiters calling you back for every application you send! Happy job hunting...

 

Laura Miskell
Posted by Laura Miskell
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