How To Edge The Competition With Your CV!

We understand how challenging a job search can be whether you are simply available on the market, a recent graduate or someone who is in a role but are looking for a new challenge in potentially a new field. In any recruitment process there are many candidates applying for the same vacancy and so having a really great, relevant CV to the role that you are applying for will ensure that you get called for an interview.
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Working in recruitment we see hundreds of CVs per day and have experienced which CVs grab a Hiring Manager’s attention. We would like to share this experience with you and help boost your CV in preparation for your next career step.

Our three key pieces of advice:

1. Forget The Rules

You may have received previous CV advice and maybe that person has told you not to go over two pages, as a rule. We want to ensure that if there is information that is going to secure you an interview then we should absolutely include that. A Hiring Manager reading your CV will ready past one, even two pages to learn more about your relevant background and skills.

2. Tailor Your CV

Each time you apply for a position, your CV should be tailored towards the requirements of that role. Let’s just start right at the top, some of you will probably have a profile on your CV and that is the first thing that a Hiring Manager is going to be reading. Make sure that it is tailored as much as possible, it should talk about yourself, your job search objective and why you are suitable for the role you are applying for.

3. Give Context

You will of course list the duties on your CV that you have carried out in previous employment. For example:

  • Diary management
  • Inbox management
 

In giving context to these duties it will display a wider breadth of skills, see below for the context we can add to the bullet point for diary management:

·        Diary management using Microsoft Outlook, booking high level meetings for the Company Director, avoiding clashes in their schedule.

 
 

We regularly support our candidates with CV guidance and have held live webinars where we answer questions directly from job seekers. View our most recent webinar here for more guidance on how to boost your CV and edge the competition for the next role you apply for:

Finally, if you would like to create a CV following our guidance, you may find the below example CV template useful:

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