The New Year is a great opportunity to start afresh and shake up your job hunt – but in order to do this you’ll need to make sure your CV is up to scratch. In order to help you out, we’ve compiled a list of four ways you can enhance your CV to give you the best possible chance of landing a job in January.
One of the newest ways big businesses whittle down the number of candidates for a position is by first running a CV through word recognition software that searches the text for keywords relevant to the role. If you’re CV doesn’t contain the right language, it may be discarded before a human ever sets eyes on it. However, this doesn't mean you should just stuff your CV full of keywords without a thought for context. Make sure you know what buzz words are popular in your particular industry and try to work them into your CV without forcing it.
Simplify the design
A good CV is simple, easy to follow and attractive to the eye. It’s all too easy to create a document that’s messy, poorly formatted and full of different fonts, text boxes and columns, so take some time to redesign it. Think about what a recruiter will look at first, how their eye will scan the page and what sections stand out in particular. It is worth bearing in mind that heavy internet usage has changed the way many people read a document and, at first glance, the reader’s eye is much more likely to jump around the page than go from top to bottom.
Cleanse your social media profiles
For many jobs, maintaining a strong social media presence will stand you in good stead. Apart from the obvious sites that focus on professional networking, such as LinkedIn, you’ll often be expected to be active on Twitter or Facebook. This is particularly true if you’re applying for a communication or marketing role. By providing your social media profiles in your contact information, you show that you have nothing to hide and understand that social media is a big part of the way companies communicate with their customers. However, it’s vital that you first cleanse them of anything you wouldn’t want an employer to see so they’re sanitised for the professional environment.
Finally, it’s a good idea to use the New Year as an opportunity to edit ruthlessly, cutting all unnecessary information from your CV and creating a more efficient and direct document. Don’t be afraid to shorten your CV but make sure it has all the information you think it necessary to communicate. Be clear and concise and you should enhance your chances of starting the New Year successfully.