How To Make Your CV Stand Out

How To Maximise CV Success


With so many people applying for the same vacancies in today’s job market, we look at key factors which could make all the difference in making sure your CV stands out from the rest.

Make contact before sending your CV
If there are contact details in the job advert then try to get in touch (by phone, not email) with the HR manager, or someone who has a hand in the recruitment process. Rather than trying to sell yourself over the phone, the best thing to do is to ask an intelligent question regarding a certain aspect of the role.

Include a cover letter
This tactic allows you to say “Further to our earlier conversation…” within your cover letter so they are more likely to remember your application above anonymous candidates. The letter doesn’t need to be long and shouldn’t simply repeat your CV. Instead, use it as a chance to show off your personality and demonstrate your knowledge and passion for the company.

Follow up on all CVs you send
Regardless of how many other roles you have applied for or whether you have made contact before applying, you should always look to call the employer (or recruitment agency) within three to five business days. When you call, clearly state your name and the position you’re applying for. Show your enthusiasm for the position and let them know you’re looking forward to hearing more about the opportunity.

If at first you don’t succeed
Being overly persistent won’t help your case as every company has its own procedure for hiring and whilst it may take a few days to select the interview shortlist in some organisations, it can take months in others (especially during the main holiday season). Take notice of any application deadlines and wait until at least that date before making your second contact.

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