How to make your CV stand out to recruiters

One of our recruiters Heather, talks about how to create a noticeable CV.

Writing a CV is never easy, no matter how many times you have done it. Not to mention you have just a moment to grab the attention of the Recruiter/Employer.

Here are a few key features that Employers/Recruiters want to see:

1. A simple layout and format

- Use the most relevant information with a clear font that is easily read.

- Use key points - experience, availability, if you have reliable transport and what licenses you hold (if relevant to the job you're applying for)

- Don't clutter your CV with photos and designs

2. Only use the most relevant information

- Recruiters/Employers do not have time to read through 3 or 4 pages of job history so try and minimize things to focus on the most relevant experience and key points.

3. Keep your CV brief and to the point.

- If you have been working for a long period of time, focus on the last 2 or 3 years of your experience; Highlighting important skills and qualifications you've gained.

4. If you don't have a CV

- Please ensure you write a Cover Letter or blurb outlining your previous job history so that you have something to show to the recruiter and employer.

- If you are new to the job market, make sure to include things such as sports you have played, achievements at school and volunteer work/community involvement. This shows the prospective employer that you have made an effort and gives them a glimpse into what jobs you may thrive in.

Finally, please check your spelling and grammar! These things show any employer that you have made an effort to present yourself in the best way.

It's a tough market out there and with each job receiving hundreds of applicants you want your CV to be the one that gets noticed!