Make your CV stand out in the crowd

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One of the ways to make sure you have a successful CV is to make it memorable. This can seem difficult, but it’s not when you have the right tools. And that’s what I’m giving you today!

When you look up CV samples, you’re met with a sea of boring and matter-of-fact Cvs that will actually make it more difficult for your to get a call. These can be an easy way to make your CV, but in the long term, it’s not a great decision. 

What you want to do is truly take your time. Making a great CV is a craft and you want to make sure you’re using elements that work for you and your field. To do this, you will need to research and try different things. 

But the one thing you need to make sure CV always have is the ability to stick into the recruiter’s mind like super glue. Making your CV memorable is not rocket science, so here’s what you need to do. 

Use Words to Paint a Picture

You known when you get into a beautifully written book, essay or article? That feeling of never wanting it to end is what I mean when I say you should use words to paint a picture. But how do you get there if you’re not a published author? Well, you don’t have to be! What you need to do is interest the reader of your CV in what you have to offer, and you do that by putting yourself in their position and writing what they want to read. 

Use Visual References

Most of the memorable experiences we have are kept away in visual memory. This is the reason words can’t mean anything on their own; we need visual references to create associations with these words, and that’s exactly what you want to accomplish in your CV. Give the reader a reference point so they can engage with what you’re putting down on paper and you’ll be golden. 

Avoid Hypothetical Statements

The reason hypothetical statements are so difficult to visualise is because they offer no reference point as stated above. If you want to avoid this, treat your CV as if you were telling your personal career story, which is exactly what you’re doing. Job descriptions are hypothetical, your CV shouldn’t be. You shouldn’t provide a list of things you can do or have done, you want to highlight your achievements. 

Tell Your Story

If you want your CV to be truly memorable, you need to provide specific examples and really tell your story. Of course, you have little real estate on a CV to do this, so you might want to make a list of examples you want to provide and be selective. This will make your CV super powerful and you can use it to engage the reader on a deeper level.  

Providing the right elements is key for making your CV memorable, and being honest is 50% of the job. Follow these tips and make the best CV of your life!

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