5 Quick CV Hacks For Jobseekers (A Must Read!)

August 23, 2022 2 Comments

Introduction

Finding the right job is hard and time-consuming. It's not enough to have a great CV, you also need to make sure it's the best it can be. To help you out, here are 5 quick hacks that will make a big difference when it comes to getting noticed by recruiters:

Keep the design simple.

  • Use a simple font.

  • Keep the layout simple.

  • Use a single font.

  • Stay with one color scheme throughout your resume, including the cover letter and any other document that you send in with your CV (note, these documents may be in different formats).

  • Use a simple layout for all of these documents no crazy fonts or colors! You want to come across as professional and easy-to-understand on paper so that people can focus on what you've written rather than how it looks like when they look at it from afar (or even up close).

Be clear and concise.

  • Be clear and concise.

  • Use bullet points.

  • Use a simple font.

  • Use a simple layout.

  • Use a simple background (for example, white).

  • Use a simple design (for example, no details).

Tailor your CV for the job you are apply for

The most important thing when tailoring your CV is to make sure that it looks professional and is well-presented. That’s because employers will be able to tell if you have taken the time to ensure this or not.

There are also key things that you need to include on every CV, such as:

  • Name, address and contact information

  • Current job/occupation/position (which could be an apprenticeship)

  • Education (with dates)

Know your audience.

  • Know your audience.

You should know who the employer is and what they are looking for in a candidate. It is important to tailor your CV to their needs. For example, if you are applying for a job as a salesperson at an advertising agency, you wouldn’t want to write about how much you love statistics and data analysis because that may not be relevant to the role. You need to understand what the employer wants from their employees and make sure that everything on your CV matches up with those requirements.

  • Know what they will be looking for in a CV:

The key elements of any successful resume include:* A clear structure (i.e., sections; sections within sections)

  • Strong headings that clearly define each section's contents

Emphasize your skills and your experience.

  • Make a list of your skills, experience, and achievements.

  • Highlight the most important ones by using bullet points and/or numbers.

  • Use keywords that are relevant to the job you're applying for.

Write a great CV that will help you get a job.

If you want your CV to stand out, it's important to focus on the skills and experience that are relevant to the job you're applying for. If a company is looking for someone with IT skills, then make sure any technology-related jobs or projects you've worked on are included in your CV.

If possible, tailor your CV specifically for each position you apply for by highlighting the relevant achievements and skill sets highlighted in their advert (if they have one).

It's also worth keeping things simple when it comes to design; too many fonts can look messy so stick with one or two at most and remember that white space is important if there are lots of sections on a page.

A final note: know who will be reading or viewing your CV – if it's an employer then try not to get too personal as this could affect whether or not they hire you!

Conclusion

You now know some quick and easy tips to write a great CV. It's time for you to put them into practice!