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Want to stand out? Here are five tips for spring-cleaning your CV

12/04 2018Posted by: npower Resourcing Team Subscribe to this blog
As spring rolls around, with it comes another chance to get stuck into the job market. With Britain’s recruitment industry booming, and employment rates at an all-time high, the competition for the best candidates is fierce. However, this shouldn’t deter you from entering the job-search market. Instead, it presents the perfect opportunity to overhaul your CV to ensure it stands out to any employer or recruiter who reads it. With the attention span of the average recruiter standing at seven seconds, your CV needs to catch the eye immediately.

This spring, here are five tips for making sure it does.

Do your formatting

One of the most important things you can do to make your CV look professional is getting to grips with your formatting. Your potential employers want to read something that’s easily scannable and clear, so make it easy for them: use one font only for the entire document- preferably something easy-to-read like Times New Roman- and avoid any kind of fussy layout that makes it hard to read, especially once it’s been uploaded as a PDF attachment to that company’s database. It’s also a good idea to include a short statement explaining just how perfect you are for the role that you are applying to.

Though it might seem quite insignificant, anything you put down on your CV should also have perfect spelling and grammar, especially given that 59% of recruiters will reject a candidate because of it.

Keep it relevant

It can be tempting simply to add whatever springs to mind about yourself to your CV, without taking the time to see if it’s relevant to your job application or not. Every time you apply for a job, make the effort to tailor your CV so that the details you include- whether it’s your experience, skills or job history- show the reader just how qualified you are for the role at hand.

If there’s anything in there that isn’t targeted at the role in question, then take it out- remember, your CV shouldn’t tell the recruiter everything about you. That’s for the interview. This should serve as an introduction that should make them want to know more, and hopefully invite you onto an interview as a result.

Keep it streamlined

When it comes to recruitment, the name of the game is brevity. Nobody wants to know about a part-time job, or a course, that you took ten years ago, so make this year the time that you tackle your CV and take out all the outdated information in there. You should be aiming for a CV that’s ideally around two pages in length: long enough to be informative, but short enough that the reader doesn’t lose interest in what you’re saying.

Back up claims with facts

In a recent survey, up to 10% of Brits admitted to lying on their CV, whether it was about their education, the length of time they spent in a job, or their experience. Don’t let yourself be caught out by this at an interview: though including a couple of vague statements in your CV is fine, recruiters want to know the solid facts about what you’ve done and what your experience is.

Take the time to double-check

Everything benefits from a proof-read, especially your CV. Before you send it out, check that everything is up to date- from your contact details to your references- and give yourself the time to weed out any spelling and grammatical errors.

Put your new CV to work at npower

At npower, we’re proud to offer our candidates the tools that they need to develop the careers they want. Why not kick start your career with us today by having a look at our job vacancies?
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