Remember that you want to generate interest in your application so that you’re invited to provide a more detailed history at an interview. You don’t want to divulge your whole life story in a CV.
Let the job advert write your CV
If you’re responding to a job advert, make sure you read it carefully and use it as a prompt when writing your CV. Examine the specific language used and respond to it accordingly. For instance, if an advert demands ‘passionate and hardworking staff,’ use your CV to prove that you have worked long hours in the past and will do so in the future, that you’re motivated and that you’re an enthusiastic team member. If the advert asks for ‘proactive’ applicants, use your CV to demonstrate leadership qualities.
To create an attention grabbing CV, you need to make sure it's tailored to the job you’re applying for and that it uses specific examples from your own work history to prove you have the required skills. Instead of simply writing that you’re ‘hardworking and a team player,’ provide examples that back this up. Concrete evidence that you’ll be able to deliver on your CV claims is a sure way to increase interest in your application.
Do something different
Finally, if you have the ability and self-confidence, it may be a good idea to try something different with your CV. This is particularly true when applying for jobs that have a creative element to them. In the past, we’ve heard of CVs designed to resemble infographics, advertising boards taken out to display full sized CVs and a CV turned into board games, so anything is possible!
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