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