A well crafted CV that can capture a potential employer's attention straight away for all the right reasons, especially in today's competitive jobs market, can make all the difference and could get you an interview. You need to be able to effectively showcase your skills, your experience and your unique qualities to hopefully get the job for which you are applying - all on a couple of pieces of paper!
It can not be emphasised enough to tailor your CV for the job that you want. Each job is unique so you must carefully customise your CV so that it aligns with the specific requirements of the job description. You should read this thoroughly so you know exactly what the potential employer is looking for in a candidate. So, once you have all the information and have identified certain keywords being used, you should now tailor your skills and experience to match them. This demonstrates your suitability for the job and gets you noticed. Focus on skills that directly relate to the position and include transferable skills.
Employers are especially interested in your previous accomplishments within previous roles so instead of just listing these, you must emphasise them and their impact. Remember you are selling yourself so you want the employer to notice you among the many applications they receive. Quantify your achievements in bold because numbers tend to stand out in CVs and of course, provide evidence to back it up.
Keep the CV simple by using clear and concise language and use no more than two pages. Headings, bullet points and subheadings will organise the CV in a neat and orderly fashion. This will make it easy for employers to scan through it for relevant information that shows how capable and well suited you are for the job.
While the content is crucial and every word matters, making your CV visually appealing will help to make it stand out even more. Bold texts and italics for headings and subheadings will give you a professional look without going overboard by using colours and designs which may overwhelm the employer and make the CV look overcrowded and difficult to initially process.
Once your CV is ready, you must go over it several times. This allows you to identify grammatical errors, the chance to delete or add words, check you are not repeating yourself and that you are totally happy with the format.
Crafting a well structured and captivating CV while keeping it clear and concise, requires thoughtful preparation and careful attention to detail. By doing this you will have the potential employer's attention and increase your chances of success in the jobs market.