Cover letters, we’ve covered. Here: the CV, aka Curriculum Vitae or Résumé, depending on which you prefer. They’re your first port of call when tweaking your sales pitch that will ultimately get you a job. Ensuring your CV is up to scratch should be top of your to-do list but with a sea of similarly written and structured sheets of A4 doing the rounds in every employer’s inbox you need a way to make yours stand out from the crowd. Here are some of those ways.
Use a photo
The perfect option for the photogenic among you is getting a face along with the name. Doing this can make your CV not only more memorable but also more personable. Obviously, practice rationality as no one wants a hyper-filtered selfie or a holiday snap from your jolly up in Zante. Keep things reasonably sober and sensible and it will leave the right impression. The issue with creative solutions to getting noticed is just how difficult it is to get right and how easy it is to get wrong. Don’t be afraid to make it a more positive affair than the customarily grim passport photos we all have. We flag here that some advise against photos on CV’s. The industry might not support it, so double check. In addition, we note that if you’re through to interview, you will ultimately be seen anyway, so there’s that argument.
Colours can convey anger, misery or just a general malaise so it’s a good thing you’re going to pick the right one, isn’t it! Diversion from the customary black and white ink can seem like a riotously unprofessional act but this is no cardinal sin. As long as the colours are coordinated and tasteful it can work in your favour. Pops of primary colour or more tertiary hues spread out over the entire document can make your CV stand out in a good way. Creative industries, in particular, will be impressed.
The way people absorb data is changing and while the need for a strong grasp of the written word is essential for pretty much every single position under the sun often employers need an easier way to quantify your successes and virtues that don’t involve tiring their eyes out through meaty paragraphs. Infographics prove you are a modern candidate who understands targets and how to meet and exceed them. It’s a professional habit to get into, particularly if you can easily convey examples of just how effective you were in your last role.
An easy one to make or break your chances of securing an interview, mainly because it’s almost like a watered down version of the interview stage but one where you don’t get to ask questions. You’re presenting, pitching if you like. Don’t let this dishearten you, as what is essentially an upgrade on the photo option can really work in your favour. Some opt for a video in place of a CV while others prefer to utilise both in their charm offensive. There really is no cookie cutter mould of how to do it but make sure your video is concise with only the essential information given. Also, don’t be afraid to show some of that winning personality as it gives you the jump on all the other ‘faceless’ applicants who won’t be smiling away at the employer.
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