The Write Way to Get a Job: 10 top tips to make your CV stand out from the crowd

The write way to get a jobIt’s increasingly hard to get a job – and a good one – these days, and although there is a lot to consider when you’re looking to get a job, effective business writing plays a major part in helping you succeed. In this article, HTWB columnist Lynn Tulip from Assessment4Potential gives you a checklist of ten elements you need to make sure your CV stands out…here’s Lynn!

Your CV MUST be eye-catching, believable, factual, relevant, original, have impact, be well laid out, easy to read, match the market and sell the benefits.

Here are 10 Top Tips to make your CV stand out from the crowd.

1.YOUR CV must be interesting to the reader: it is first impressions that count. Use plenty of space and wide margins: the visual layout is important.

2.The CV should always be typed. Use contemporary, readable fonts.

3.Avoid the use of “I” and use Action words.  For example, bullet point your achievements so they read:

  • Provided full-time care for……
  • Completed project within ….

4.Always give employment details in reverse order.  Recent employment is always most relevant. Your employer wants to know who you are now and not what you were ten years ago.

5.CVs take time. The more thought you give, the greater the chance of success. Adapt your CV every time to suit the particular positions you are applying for.

The write way to get a job

Lynn Tulip from
Assessment4Potential

6.Too much detail is better than not enough, although nobody wants your autobiography!

7.Remember your CV has the potential to determine the interview questions

8.Your CV is your promotional literature. Don’t be too modest; potential employers need to know how good you are. If you don’t tell them on your CV they may never find out.

9.Never list references or salary details. If they are requested include them in your covering letter.

10.DON’T FORGET YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS: always quantify them whenever you can.

Watch out for Lynn’s tips next week!

Now: let’s make sure  you get that job…

“Get That Job” by Lynn Tulip … The art of successful job hunting (print, Kindle)

“Can’t Get That Job?” by Lynn Tulip … Seven killer CV mistakes that destroy your chance of job success (print, Kindle)

“How To Write About Yourself” by Suzan St Maur … how to make the most of yourself, whatever you need to write (PDF download)

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  1. As ever, great advice – thank you Lynn. Some recruiters may have to sift through up to 200 CVs, so it is really important to ensure yours stands out as relevant to the specific role, easy to read and impressive. It has to be honest, of course, but it’s telling the truth in the way that sells you the best for that role.

    • Thanks for commenting Jane, matching your CV is all part of the preparation and research process. If you can’t honestly write on paper that you can do the job, then it’s best not to apply.

  2. I think tip No. 5 is so important. Every job is different, yet so many people seem to send the same CV/resume regardless.

    • Thanks Mary, it always surprises me that there is advice out there that says a job seeker can use a one-size-fits-all document when applying for a job. Every job is unique and different so therefore each application [no matter how much hard work it takes] has to be different too. And if, (as I mentioned to Jane above) when the applicant has put together a relevant CV/resume it matches the job then it is more than likely to be the right job. If it doesn’t match – don’t apply; don’t waste yours or the recruiters time.

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