How to make your CV stand out in a competitive market

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Your CV is paramount when looking for a new job. Get it right, and you’ll have an interview in no time, but get it wrong and you could face rejection time and time again. Although the structure of every CV is largely similar, the content is very different.  You’re unique and your proposition is very different to the next persons. 


How you proposition yourself in the market is key to your success. Think carefully about how you sell yourself. Think about establishing a personal brand which emanates through your CV to the interview room and beyond. A personal brand will evolve as your career progresses, but keep it relevant, distinctive and compelling. 

Your information

 You’re only as good as the information you give. Avoid leaving gaps in your CV. If you took a break or had a career blip, say so. Be honest, and don’t hide behind gaps or “unusual” circumstances. Missing information only leads the reader to assume the worst when, actually, in most cases, these periods or circumstances have probably helped shape you as an individual. Similarly, don’t be frightened to apply for a position outside your usual practice area. If you don’t have specific relevant experience, focus on your transferable skills and explain the reasons for your desire to change in either your personal profile or your cover letter. 

Due diligence

Do your homework! Research your target audience and tailor your CV and principal selling messages so that they are relevant and applicable to the position you are applying for. Avoid writing a generic CV and canvassing far and wide. A generic, untailored CV is easily identified and will be overlooked by any potential employer. 


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Whilst there’s no set structure for a CV, we would suggest breaking down your CV by personal profile, education & qualifications, key achievements, career history and hobbies & interests. Your contact details and address can either be placed at the top or bottom of your CV. Your employment history should be in reverse chronological order. This will allow the reader to dive straight in to your current role and achievements. 

Keep it short; ideally 2 pages. If it is getting too long, concentrate the bulk of information on your last two/three roles (inclusive of current) and try to minimise information on the other roles.

Make it easy for the reader to follow. For example, use bullet points when listing duties/responsibilities. Use the same font all the way through your CV.


How you proposition yourself in the market is key to your success

Get your CV in front of the right people

As mentioned above, canvassing your CV far and wide is likely to result in a low success rate. To ensure your tailored, well-polished CV is given the attention it deserves by the right prospective employers, get in touch with an experienced and reputable recruitment consultant who will have in-depth market knowledge and will be up-to-date on all the current live vacancies.

Carriera is able to advise you on the important aspects of writing your CV, preparing for an interview and how to present yourself in interviews, meetings and selections at every stage of your career. For a free, confidential, discussion please get in touch. 

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