There is no shortage of information on how to make your CV stand out. With so much information out there, how can you find practical, easy to digest tips that will support you to develop a CV that will truly stand out?
For our second event of 2022, we were joined by our very own Tina Marfo, with over 15 years’ experience in HR and talent & development. She is passionate in helping others to land their dream role as well as develop and grow throughout their professional life.
If you missed the event, fear not for here we break down some of the key takeaways and share some insider tips that you can apply to your CV right away.
- Tailor your CV – there is no such thing as one size fits all. Every organisation is different, therefore the requirements and the candidate they are looking for will be unique to the organisation.
- Grammar and spelling matter – Tina dispelled a common myth whereby applicants may think that typo’s, spelling and grammar doesn’t matter and are to be expected – this is not true. Before hitting the send button, complete a detailed check of your CV and cover letter. Recruiters spot these mistakes and categorise you as unprofessional, thereby eliminating you as a potential candidate.
- Be your own cheerleader – your CV is a sales and marketing tool. Shout out about your achievements, skills, strengths, unique selling points and testimonials. Recruiters are time poor and are always looking for candidates who stand out. It’s important you highlight your success and get them to purchase what your selling – that’s you!
- Personal statement – now we’ve identified that it’s important to market yourself, here’s where we spill the tea how. Your personal statement is your brand, keep it short, punchy and 3-4 sentences max, outlining how you align to the role and the value you can bring. To bring it to life we are sharing 3 of Tina’s own personal stand-out statements.
A motivated and driven business student looking to gain employment within the finance sector
An ambitious, hard working and motivated individual looking to secure next role in media sector.
I am an experienced, dedicated and successful Sales Manager
- Optimising your CV for Applicant Tracking System (ATS) – ATS software is a popular tool that many recruiters use to filter CV’s so it’s important you use keywords throughout your CV to ensure the software picks up your CV. ATS prefers word, so keep it simple – the software is unable to pick up pictures, tables, or graphics. Most importantly avoid jargon or acronyms, the software will not pick this up.
If you are interested in hearing more from Tina, why not listen back to her session here and find out much more than we could pack into this short blog post.