CVs are selling documents: they are selling you to an employer. And they can be so bland and boring that they soon end up in the waste-paper basket. Here’s 3 tips to make your CV stand out.
- Make sure that at the top you have a personal statement that really says something. I call it the “see me” of the CV. Why should anybody even think of interviewing you if your CV is bland and reads like anybody else’s?
- When listing previous employment put in the most important thing you learned in that job. A young man showed me his CV this week and it said he had been a Team Leader at Tesco. What does that mean? It means he ran a team of 7 people. And what did he learn? He learned how to motivate people. Put that in, I said.
- Use an unusual font for the typeface. Not too unusual. The Times reports today that typography experts think Times New Roman is a no-no. It shows that you have not put any thought into the typeface you use, they said. Helvetica was considered safe.
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