Your CV is your best marketing tool. Whether you’re looking for a part time job, summer internship or voluntary work, having a good looking CV is a sure-fire way to make you stand out from the crowd. With employers receiving an average of 250 CVs per corporate job, there’s no excuse to hand over a boring piece of paper which will probably stay at the bottom of the pile. Here are some guidelines Urba Life student accommodation has devised to help you create a show-stopping resume to get you noticed;
USE AN UP-TO-DATE TEMPLATE
There are thousands of free CV templates online, make sure you choose one which accurately reflects your skills set. For example, if you are an art student, select a template which shows off some of your portfolio, or if you study law make sure your template highlights the competencies which make you a good candidate.
CREATE A TAILORED COVERING LETTER
Never make the mistake of using a one size fits all approach when it comes to your covering letter. Carry out detailed research on the company you are applying to and demonstrate knowledge of your potential employer and what it is about them that appeals to you as a potential employee. Flattery may get you somewhere but make sure it’s genuine and unpretentious.
GET EXPERIENCE BY OFFERING TO UNDERTAKE FREE WORK
If your CV is looking a bit bare, get experience in your chosen field by approaching companies and offering to undertake work for free in exchange for building skills. Make sure you display your most impressive clients.
USE A SIDEBAR FOR ACHEIVEMENTS
Listing your successes in a side bar will draw the reader’s attention to them rather than them getting lost in the sea of text. Don’t include your gold star for swimming from Year 4, rather let your potential employer know about any relevant industry awards or achievements.
INCLUDE A PERSONAL STATEMENT
Be sure to let your potential employer know how perfect you are for the job by explaining your best attributes in a short personal statement.
MAKE SURE ITS UP TO DATE
Whenever you change jobs or get new experience, make sure you update your CV so it’s ready to go when you next see a perfect opportunity.
BACK IT UP!
Backing up your achievements with tangible numbers is a great way to sell yourself. Explaining that you managed to increase sales by 60% will help employers see what attributes make you good for the job.
Never lie on your CV. If you get caught you can end up in a huge amount of trouble and lose your job. Be honest and be yourself.