What can I do to make my cur­ricu­lum vi­tae (CV) stand­out?

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Rookie ANNE-MARIE DOLAN HR Leader, Aus­tralian Hu­man Re­sources In­sti­tute

IT IS tempt­ing to dress up your CV vis­ually us­ing for­mat­ting and tech­nol­ogy but this is not al­ways the best way to draw at­ten­tion to it. When your ap­pli­ca­tion may be viewed as one of 100 or more, it is a good idea to get your point across suc­cinctly and clearly. Al­ways tai­lor your CV to the role you are ap­ply­ing for and in­clude a cov­er­ing let­ter ad­dress­ing key se­lec­tion cri­te­ria. High­light ex­pe­ri­ence and achieve­ments rel­e­vant to the role you are ap­ply­ing for in a sum­mary at the front and cull de­tails that are no longer rel­e­vant (you can stop in­clud­ing high school if you have done a de­gree or other study).

Mid-ca­reer ADRI­ANNA LOVEDAY Gen­eral man­ager HR con­sult­ing, Rand­stad

SAVVY can­di­dates will treat their re­sume like a sales and mar­ket­ing doc­u­ment that ‘‘ sells’’ them to the po­ten­tial em­ployer and in­creases their chances of be­ing short­listed. Your re­sume must present your best ex­pe­ri­ence and de­tail rel­e­vant skills and com­pe­ten­cies, en­sur­ing th­ese match up with the de­mands listed in the job de­scrip­tion. The best re­sumes also will al­ways in­clude ‘‘ achieve­ment state­ments’’ – a proven track record of what you’ve achieved in ad­di­tion to your set roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Th­ese demon­strate your abil­ity to learn and progress in the com­pany.

Ex­pe­ri­enced TIM ROCHE Prac­tice leader, Right Man­age­ment ca­reer tran­si­tion

RE­GARD­LESS of whether it’s a so­cial me­dia site, like LinkedIn, or an old-fash­ioned, pa­per­based ver­sion, any pro­file needs to be out­come or achieve­ment fo­cused. It needs to ar­tic­u­late the value you have helped cre­ate in each role through achieve­ment state­ments. It also needs to have a clearly de­fined ca­reer sum­mary state­ment with some scope and scale in­for­ma­tion that gives the reader a clear in­di­ca­tion of the com­plex­ity of pre­vi­ous roles. Be mind­ful of us­ing con­tem­po­rary lan­guage to align with search en­gines. Please don’t in­clude school as it adds lit­tle or no value.

The Ex­pert MICHELLE BENT­LEY Gen­eral man­ager, Don­ing­ton tran­si­tion and out­place­ment

TAI­LOR, tai­lor, tai­lor – to the job and busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment to which you ap­ply. Stand­out CVs are usu­ally of three kinds – laugh­able, ter­ri­ble or ter­rific. It is the lat­ter that will get you an in­ter­view. Proof read for er­rors and in­clude di­rect fac­tual in­for­ma­tion and ex­am­ples that match the job on of­fer and the com­pany or in­dus­try. Keep your CV brief, to the point and use ‘‘ ac­tive’’ words and terms that grab at­ten­tion. In­clude achieve­ments and out­comes that show tan­gi­ble re­sults and use the front page of your CV as an ex­ec­u­tive sum­mary. Per­son­alise your cover let­ter to the reader.

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