So many of us spend hours agonising over our CVs. We go over each and every sentence to make sure that we are describing our skills correctly (and compellingly). We debate which bits of work experience to include and which to leave off. We work hard to cut the information down to ensure that it fits the number of pages that we think is appropriate. And with the job market the way it is right now, we could all use a little extra help getting noticed, especially if we want to shift into a new area of work. Here are some tips to help you boost your CV and stand out from the crowd.
Don’t Be Modest
There are two types of job-hunters out there. The ones who have absolutely no problem making big claims on their resumes, and those who are worried that they might get called out on a lie if they exaggerate anything. This is going to sound like a cliché, but the sweet spot is somewhere in the middle. Lying on your CV is obviously a bad idea, but if you don’t sell yourself, then you are not giving the recruiter any real reason to look twice at your profile. Own your strengths and do not qualify your successes. State your skills and abilities clearly, and they will be impressed.
Share Your CV Digitally
Most modern businesses require potential employees to share their CVs on digital platforms, such as website dashboards. Sometimes, these platforms might have a limit to the size of the file you can upload. If your CV contains a lot of pictures and links, then you can upload a file here to compress it. This will allow you to upload the PDF without losing any of the quality of the file. This will then give you the chance to share the document on a wide range of different platforms.
Keep It Simple
One of the most important things to remember if you are looking for a job in 2021 is that the competition is going to be ferocious. The job market in the UK has rebounded to some extent, but there are still going to be a lot of people of all different stages of experience and expertise gunning for the same job. That means that you need to find a way to sell yourself as quickly and efficiently as possible.
For example, ask yourself if the personal section is actually going to have an impact on the recruiters or if that space is better served listing further experience or skills. Try to avoid cluttering up the space with any graphics or headshots, and do not mess about with different fonts or text sizes. Simple and clean is the best way to cut through the noise and get to the meat of your resume as quickly as you can.