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Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

How to Nail the Perfect CV

Searching for the perfect job can be stressful and time-consuming, and many people may find it’s a struggle knowing where to start. A job description can only tell you so much, so it’s often down to your CV and cover letter to make a good impression.

 

Whether you’re just starting out in the world of work or simply feel your CV needs a refresh, if you’re looking for some tips and tricks to make sure your CV stands out, see our handy guide below.

Tailor your CV to each job

Most people know the importance of writing a separate cover letter for each job, but it’s also a good idea to tailor your CV to each specific role. Your CV shouldn’t be longer than two pages, so pick and choose the experiences and skills that are most relevant to each job you’re applying for.

Be specific

Don’t be afraid to list your achievements in a detailed way. Highlight any positive points with clear, concise details. For example, if you were promoted you could include details of your new role and how many people you now manage. ‘Managed a team of six employees and helped increase company profits by 15%’ is much better than simply saying ‘was promoted to team leader’.

Mirror the language used in the job description

Reflecting the language style and certain keywords or phrases from the job description shows that you’ve paid careful attention to the role. It also shows the employer that your skills match their requirements, and helps align you with the company’s aims.

Use effective keywords

Using action words to describe your skills and achievements has been proven to be highly effective; think of words such as ‘utilised’, ‘developed’, ‘managed’ or ‘initiated’. Adding assertive keywords shows that you’re proactive and highlights your accomplishments.

Be clear and concise

It might be tempting to try out an unusual or elaborate design, but unless you’re applying for design jobs, it’s best to keep your CV clear and uncluttered. Too much design work means that it’s easy to overlook crucial information and it can be very distracting for the reader.

 

If you’re an employer or employee looking for that perfect person or role, get in touch with the team at Nicholas Howard. We’re proud to offer a wide selection of jobs across Europe and the UK and we specialise in industries including finance, accounting, the legal sector and more.

 

If you need help polishing your CV or with interview techniques, we’re on hand for that too, so give us a call or visit our website today to find the right job for you.

 

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