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How to make your CV standout

Brenda Jameson


​No matter how experienced you are, the most important part of your job application is your CV. Or Curriculum Vitae (if you want to be fancy) or just plain old ‘resume’.

Your CV is often the first interaction you may have with the hiring manager/recruiter so you want to make a good first impression! Keep your CV simple and easy to read with detailed facts about what you have been doing, don't keep them guessing by leaving blanks!

Here are some simple tips you can use:

  1. Make sure it is grammatically correct and free of spelling errors. This is the best way to show that you have good communication and strong attention to detail.

  2. Make it easy to read. Set it our clearly with readable font, don't bother with too much formatting as it can just be distracting. Use short and concise sentences. The easier your CV is to read, the more engaged the reader will stay.

  3. Add a personal summary or cover letter. This gives the reader a little insight into who you are and explains the reason you may be looking for a new role, any career gaps and your current situation.

  4. List your duties from your previous work experience. Don't leave the reader guessing! Put it all in there, don't assume they know what you were doing each day, make your day to day duties clear and detailed.