Key Advice For Any Stand-Out Wannabe Jobseeker
In life you need to stand out to get noticed. This applies to the job search process too. See how a stand-out resume helps any jobseeker securing an interview or job offer
Importance of Standing Out
In every walks of life, but especially when it comes to finding a job, it is important that you stand out. If you are bland and your cover letter, CV, or job application looks the same as everyone else’s, then your job prospects will not be rising in much of a hurry.
In general, a potential employer will spend around 30 seconds looking through an application or CV, meaning you have a very small time frame in which to influence their thinking.
We looked at how to get this right.
How it Looks
Your application should always look clean, smart, and to the point. What it looks like is just as important as what it says – if it’s ugly and doesn’t appeal then it won’t be read, simple.
Consider these points before writing a CV or job application:
- Use clean, modern fonts if using a word processor. Don’t bother with old school things like Times New Roman, or hard to read fonts such as Script options. Comic is another one that should be avoided – you do want people to take you seriously, right?
- Be consistent throughout your application – if you are typing a CV use correct grammar and maintain a suitable size (11 is fine, 14 for headers). If you are handwriting an application, use the same colour pen and don’t mix between general writing and all CAPITAL LETTERS. If you write in all caps, then fine, just be consistent in doing so.
- Improve how a CV or application looks by lining off sections, or breaking them down using bullet points. A mass of text, no matter how great it may read, is not at all appealing.
What to Say
Make the first part of your CV the most engaging and ensure you make employers want to meet you. If it simply says “Hi I am Sally and I want a job” then you are headed nowhere except for the “regret” pile.
Be short and sharp – introduce yourself, state your aims, and give a flavour of your achievements to date. Avoid using abbreviations or jargon, too, as they’ll just put people off.
Getting a CV the right length is often a tricky one, however generally quality is better than quantity. If you are only just leaving school then you won’t have loads of previous work experience to write about, so keep it to one page. If you are in your 30’s or 40’s, two pages should be enough, discuss perhaps your last two positions at length, and then be brief about everything else, as well as education.
Consider that a recruitment co-ordinator could have hundreds of applications to go through, so yours needs to stand out in terms of style, content, and length.
It could be the difference between whether or not you get the job.
This has been a Guukle Guest submission by Stuart Green
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