If you’ve been on Linkedin recently, you would have seen some of the ways candidates are applying for roles and trying to make themselves seen. And let’s just say some are wild. Do you feel like you have to really think out of the box to now be seen by your future employers? Do we think this could be getting too out of hand?
If you don’t have the budget to print your CV on a hoodie or hire a billboard. Here’s a few of my tips which could help you stand out that little bit more…
- Marketing is all about creativity and being relatable, so why not make your cv the same? Gone are the days of sending through a boring white CV which looks just like the rest of them. Bring a bit of flare and always add your personality. I follow @prettylittlemarketer on LinkedIn and Instagram, and they provide the best ideas and influence when it comes to writing your CV or cover letter. Make sure to check them out!
- Don’t waffle, make sure you’re not just adding unnecessary words just to fill gaps. When writing your CV, you want to reflect that you’re an ‘achiever’ and to show your future employers’ how you can deliver the same or even better results for them. Bullet points are your best friends, this is a great way for someone to zone into what your main skills are, programmes you have experience in and relevant education. However, make sure to not overdo it.
- Try and customise your CV to the role you’re applying for and relate your experience to what the company is looking for.
- Show an interest in the sector that you’re applying for within your writing and that you are up to date on current trends and any changes within the industry. This also creates a common ground between you and the employer and shows them that it’s more than just the role that you’re interested in.
Remember to be your authentic self because at the end of the day the company is not just hiring you to complete A to B, they’re investing in you as a person and to grow with the company.
The job market is hard at the moment and more of a roller coaster than we’ve ever seen. On the one hand, we have candidates not wanting to take a leap in a new role as they’re unsure on what’s happening with the world, and on the other we have companies desperate for new talent. Our advice? If the opportunity feels right, take it. We are sure you won’t regret it!