How to Make Your CV Stand Out 

You thought the hard work was over… you have finished your dissertation but now it is time to write the dreaded CV! We know how hard it can be to write your first CV and that most people don’t know what to write or end up adding unnecessary information. Don’t worry, help is at hand, Fair Recruitment is here to give you some tips to make your CV stand out. 

1. Keep It Real!

We know you are studying and don’t have much work experience and so do potential employers. If a company wants a lot of work experience and you don’t have it then that job is not for you yet. Please don’t think it’s a good idea to make up experience, you will get found out and will end up not getting the job anyway. Think about any internships or placements you have done and include them. Include any vocational work and any societies you have been a member of at school and University. Think about what this experience has given you in terms of skills e.g. teamwork or resilience and mention them on your CV.  

2. Keep It Simple

Employers receive hundreds of CVs every day. It is of course their job to read all CVs but, in reality, most are scanned briefly. Long paragraphs or a complicated design will make your CV more difficult to read and increase the chance of them spending less time reading the content. Keep paragraphs short and concise, make things easy to understand and if necessary highlight key words so you can draw attention to your key skills. If you have several things to say use bullet points or a list to make it easier to read. Keep the detail for the interview. Keep your CV template clean and simple and keep to the standard format. 

3. Personal Statement

A personal statement at the top of the CV is essential for you to sell yourself. This is where you should outline your key skills and why you are suited to the job you are applying for. Tailor each CV to the job you are applying for. We know it is an extra work for you but it means your CV stands out and is relevant. Explain why your skill set is right for the job you are applying for and sell yourself. 

4. Mind the Gap

Life is not perfect and neither is anyone’s CV. Sometimes education or a role doesn’t work out as we had planned. Employees will notice gaps in your CV, however, and there is no point simply ignoring them. Explain what has happened and why there are any gaps. As long as you have a reasonable explanation for the time gap employers will not punish you. All experiences teach us something so explain how the gap improved you as a person and what you learnt. Be positive about the things you have done. 

5. Final Check

  • Don’t forget to add your references. If you would rather not add them to your CV then simply add ‘References available on request’.
  • Do not miss any CV tutorials at your University. They will help you to improve your CV.
  • Check your CV for spelling and grammar errors as this is extremely important. Get a friend or parent to check if you need help with this.
  • Keep your CV to no more than two A4 pages and keep it well spread out. Your CV should look good and be easy to read.
  • If you need any help writing your CV or want a professional to look through it for you then please feel free to contact us at alex@fairrecruitment.co.uk