7 Ways To stand out From The Crowd

Just grad­u­ated? Want to switch jobs? Here’s how to make your­self and your CV look good…

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1 Stream­line as tempt­ing as it may be, you don’t want a port­fo­lio or CV that’s chock full with old or un­suit­able ex­am­ples of your work. Have a ruth­less declutter. list your best at­tributes and rel­e­vant jobs first.

2 Be Strict if it’s a port­fo­lio, pro­fes­sion­als say you should fill at least 20 pages, while a dig­i­tal port­fo­lio should be no more than 30. a cv – try to stick to a page. make sure ti­tles and page num­bers are clear so who­ever’ sr ea ding it can quickly see what you have to of­fer.

3 Keep things rel­e­vant although breadth of work is im­por­tant, make sure it’s rel­e­vant to the job you are ap­ply­ing for. there’s no use in putting too many words in if you’re ap­ply­ing for a senior po­si­tion for ex­am­ple. if it’s not needed, then don’t in­clude it.

4 Show your­self to Be an all-rounder high­light the fact that you can be ar­tic­u­late in meet­ings when pre­sent­ing ideas, un­der­stand bud­gets and costs and have the abil­ity to meet dead­lines. Pro­fes­sional skills are needed in all jobs nowa­days.

5 try to Be ob­jec­tive think about your CV in an im­par­tial way. is there too much of one thing? does it show how fun and cre­ative you are but also how se­ri­ous you are about ca­reer pro­gres­sion? does it show you to be ver­sa­tile and highly ca­pa­ble? try to think about how you would feel if you were view­ing your port­fo­lio for the first time as if it was some­body else’s. what would you ad­vise them to change?

6 let oth­ers Speak for you rec­om­men­da­tions can go a long way in show­ing that you’re pro­fes­sional,

hard-work­ing and ea­ger to learn and de­velop your skills. done some free­lance work or know a for­mer em­ployer well? ask for a rec­om­men­da­tion and in­clude it.

7 make it look Good Spend a lit­tle time mak­ing sure your CV looks at­trac­tive and fits the job you’re go­ing for. it will show the em­ployer that you value at­ten­tion to de­tail and want to present your work in the best pos­si­ble light. font size 12 is the most read­able op­tion, but avoid times new ro­man and stick to ar­ial or Cal­ibri for the most uni­ver­sally easy-to-read font.

Get your CV as sharp as your in­ter­view out­fit

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