As a job seeker, you don’t have long to get your CV noticed and to convince a recruiter that you are a good choice to take to the next stage of the recruitment process.
Forbes recently shared some insights about how to write a CV that stands out, based on research carried out by careers website Ladders. It found that recruiters spend an average of 7.4 seconds reviewing a CV.
Among the recommendations to get recruiters to spend a little longer looking at what you have to offer are to include an overview of your skills and experience at the top of your CV, to use clear headers throughout, to put your content in bulleted lists and to include relevant keywords where you can.
You’ll need to tailor your CV for different roles if you want to increase your chances of progressing too. One simple, but effective, tip is to use the words featured in the job description throughout your CV.
Chris Waltenbaugh, payment processing expert at Payment Depot, told the publication that the CVs that stand out for him when he’s hiring are “the ones that show the person has taken time to think about the position in which they’re applying and carefully crafted a document that demonstrates their understanding and what’s unique about them that will bring value to the job”.
It’s also better to focus on specific accomplishments within your career, rather than creating a CV that’s full of vague responsibilities or assertions.
Once your CV gets through the initial stages of selection, you’ll more than likely have to complete a remote interview.
According to Silicon Canals, you should treat this much like an in-person interview. That means you should prepare as you normally would and make sure you’re dressed appropriately.
Don’t forget to tidy the space you’ll be in when you have the interview, so that this also looks presentable during your call.
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