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Seven ways to make your candidate’s CV stand out

Glassdoor Team 

 

A candidate’s CV is your first impression of them, as a recruiter, and making their CV stand out is key to getting to an interview.

 

You may share some golden rules to follow, such as making their CV easy to read and kept to an appropriate length for their work experience. Delete language like “References available upon request” and save the document as a pdf file. These changes aren’t enough, though.

 

Job searches can be very competitive, and candidates want to catch a recruiter’s eye by submitting a CV that instantly shows how they fit what your client’s needs. Here are seven ways to make resume stand out from the pile. Maybe you can suggest them to your candidates to help them stand out to you and your clients alike.

 

1. Tailor your CV for each job

In general, recruiters look at CVs closer than cover letters. Rather than make broad changes, small tweaks may be all they need to do. Be sure they incorporate the same keywords that are in the job description and their skills, titles and certifications that match the position’s needs.

 

2. Be specific

They should showcase their experience by including specific accomplishments, awards and key projects. Include jargon and industry-specific language to demonstrate they have industry knowledge, but don’t overdo it. Recruiters also want to know your skill-set beyond what’s mentioned in the job description, so include a list at the bottom and work these into their work experience summary as applicable.

 

3. Highlight changes and growth

Sometimes numbers tell a more compelling story than words — tell them to quantify their experience with £ and % signs. Metrics like the percentage they grew a business, the size of a business they managed, the pounds saved through cost cutting, timeframes and number of staff managed will help highlight their qualifications. Be sure they include any accomplishments from their volunteer work as well.

 

4. Proofread

Spelling, grammar and punctuation errors show an inattention to detail and may put their resume in the wrong stack. Make sure they ask a friend to read their resume to make sure they haven’t missed anything. You don’t want a careless error to cost them an interview.

 

5. Write a cover letter

Sometimes a cover letter makes all the difference. In their letter, they should highlight specific accomplishments and use this space to expand on any work experience that’s pertinent to the job they’re applying for. A cover letter can also serve as a writing sample and a platform for sharing how they’ll be able to meet or exceed the job expectations outlined in the description.

 

6. Format for effect

Their document needs to be concise, simple and clean so that a recruiter can easily read about their experience. For the most impact, use a modern, professional template with a header that includes their contact information. There are many different ways for them to order their resume, but highlight what matters most at the top. If they’re a recent grad, for example, they should start with their education and classes, but for those with more than a few years work experience, highlight their career accomplishments instead.

 

7. Include soft skills

Recruiters look for candidates who will fit into the corporate culture and work well with existing staff. Examples of their teamwork, problem-solving, communication and interpersonal skills provide a glimpse into their personality. They want to show that they’re a well-rounded employee who is easy to work with and can both help achieve company goals.

 

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