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5 Tips To Strengthen Your CV

Looking for new job opportunities in 2023? Here are top tips to help improve your CV and get you noticed by recruiters.

Your CV (which stands for Curriculum Vitae) is your biggest opportunity to land an interview for your dream job. But what makes a good CV? A good CV should highlight your skills, achievements, experiences and qualifications, and show recruiters and potential employers that you’re the ideal person for the job.

Presenting your best self on paper can be tough. In this article, we will be sharing our tips to strengthen your CV and help you stand out from other applicants.

Tailor your CV for each job position

Tailor your CV to each job you apply for to maximise your chances of being shortlisted by recruiters or

Some larger companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to automate the screening process. ATS scans CVs for key words and shortlists ones that match.

Read through the job description and take note of the keywords and key skills mentioned, if they are relevant to your skills or experiences, then it is a good idea to include these in your CV.

Write a strong personal statement

Recruiters spend a mere 6 seconds reviewing a CV to determine suitability before moving on to the next. Your personal statement or opening statement is a career summary at the top of the page that summarise your character and career goals.

Include your most relevant achievement in your personal statement - this immediately conveys success and portrays you in a positive light.

Mention personal and professional achievements under work experiences, instead of listing responsibilities. This could help you land an interview so that the employer can learn more about you.

  • Personal achievements: receiving an award, winning a competition, volunteering, achieving high grades in studies
  • Professional achievements: saved the company time and money, increased performance, met and exceeded work targets

Mention KPIs and achievements

Your experiences sit beneath your personal statement. They should be an accurate account of your employment history with your most recent work experience at the top. To keep your CV under two pages, we recommend using bullet points to list your experiences.

In this section, focus on your accomplishments to show that you’ve made a positive impact. Avoid listing workplace duties and responsibilities.

A great way to communicate success is to include Key Performance Indicators (KPI). State your most eye-catching results on paper as numbers, percentages, or other measurable metrics. Make sure you include time frame, scale, and results. This will help the recruiter or employer assess your ability to do a job.

If you can do this successfully, you increase your chances of getting shortlisted for an interview as t

Describe your skills with action verbs

Another way to strengthen your CV is to use action verbs in your list of accomplishments. But what is an action verb?

Action verbs are verbs that convey doing.

For example, an IT professional may want to use “configured”, “engineered”, “converted” as they are more powerful and industry specific.

The goal here is to  convince the recruiter that you are fit for the position. Using action verbs at the beginning of sentences makes your contribution clear and impactful and can increase the reader’s interest.

If you aren't quite sure how to use action verbs in your CV and interviews, check out Indeed's Career Guide which includes over 150 examples!

Choose a professional CV format

First impressions count. Your CV should be concise and neatly formatted so that recruiters and ATS can find what they are looking for.

We recommend creating a CV in Word or in PDF format as both offer readability and are ATS-friendly.

Before you start applying for jobs, check that your personal information is up-to-date and consistent with your LinkedIn profile. Any inaccuracies between the two sends a red flag to recruiters!

Are you an IT professional looking to progress in your career in the European market?

Our goal is not only to meet the needs and demands of our clients, we also support candidates throughout the recruitment process.

Once you join our talent network, we become your representative.

First, we’ll have a chat to get to know you better and understand your career prospects, skills and requirements. Then, we’ll match you with a company that fits your needs, and theirs!

We help all our candidates with CV writing, interview preparation and ongoing support after their start date.

Visit our Candidates page to find out more or submit your CV to Careers@Jonathan-Rhys.com.