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What Recruiters Want to See on Your CV

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We chatted to HR managers to see what potential candidates put on their CVs to make them stand out from the rest, and here’s what they had to say.

5 Things to consider when putting your CV together

1. The simpler, the better
This may sound like an obvious one but avoid going too crazy with all sorts of fonts, colours and formatting. Instead of using four different fonts (as tempting as it may be), stick to one or two. Make sure the layout of your CV is easy to read as opposed to overwhelming to look at.

2. Keep things clear and concise
Avoid making your CV word-heavy. Recruiters sometimes go through hundreds of CVs a day, so stick to keeping your explanations simple and to the point.

3. Keep it relevant
The recruiters we spoke to agreed that they’ve seen too many CVs highlighting skills relevant to other roles. Your CV should be tweaked to highlight the skills applicable to the role you are applying for.

4. Sell yourself
We know this can be tough, but this is the time to find ways to showcase the skills you have on offer. If the role requires you to speak an additional language, add a link to a YouTube video showcasing this. Or if you’re a designer, design your CV with a similar look and feel as the homepage of the company you’re applying at. It will take a little extra work, but is totally worth it if you want to get noticed for a job you really want.

5. Accomplishments
Mention some highlights from previous roles that are relevant to the role you are applying for. Remember to only mention key accomplishments that are relevant. For example, if you were to apply for a social-media manager role it would be noteworthy to mention that, in your previous experience in a similar role, you were able to increase social media traffic by 20% through your contribution.

This post was sponsored by Kellogg’s.

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