The question candidates frequently ask our Luxe Talent recruiters is: How can we optimize our CV? Due to the global situation, we are currently living in, the limited amount of job vacancies and the increase of candidate has impacted the recruitment sector, and it’s necessary for you to stand out.
Here is our answer, you can optimize your CV with these 5 steps 👇
1. WOW the recruiter at first glance
One of the most important things to do with your resume is to enable the reader, in this case, the recruiter, to identify what makes you stand out, and why you are special.
Our recruiters recommend placing below your name a headline with what makes you unique. For example, if you are a Social Media Specialist and speak three languages, you could write “Trilingual Social Media Specialist.”
Also, when writing about your job experience, you should always include your achievements. For example, if you are the “Trilingual Social Media Specialist” and your responsibility is to increase traffic, you could write something like “increased Instagram traffics by 270% and doubled ad revenue”, instead of just mentioning “increase traffic and manage ads.”
2. Keywords are essential
Many recruiters search for keywords or use software to scan the candidate’s resume to determine where it fits for the position. Just think that you could be the ideal employee and if you are missing or using the wrong keywords, your opportunity could pass.
It is also important to stay up to date and know the lingo or vocabulary in the industry you are working for. For example, maybe you use the term “floorwalker” when you would rather use “Store Manage.”
Or another method that usually works, would be to have a look on LinkedIn, profiles with the same role as yours or the role you want, and see their keywords.
3. Easy to read
You want to make your resume easy to read and for the recruiter to skim through without missing anything important, for instance using keywords as we mentioned previously. This is really important since recruiters tend to go through varied resumes in a brief amount of time. The ideal CV would have 2-3 pages as maximum.
The key in this case would be to synthesize and give more importance to your latest experiences. A good tactic, as I said before, would be to keep your information short, no more than four lines, and if you need to write more try bullet points.
4. Your contact information should be visible and brief
Recruiters need the information to be visible and accessible. If they want to call you, would be great to have that information right in front of their eyes.
Remember that we don't need your full home address or your home phone number, we would rather have your cellphone number, email, city and zip code, and for some cases your portfolio, relevant social media, your website.
5. Design is everything
It is important to adapt your resume to your industry because a graphic designer or the more creative fields could be more creative with their design, compared to a lawyer.
You want to make your resume stand out with caution, and what we mean by this is that you don’t want it to look like a 3-year-old birthday invitation, with multiple colors, drawings, or images, and that your text is lost. Instead, add color to highlight and create contrast.
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If you follow these quick 5 steps, you can optimize your CV, but remember, everything is trial and error, if something doesn’t work out try changing it. Is time to stand out, keep trying, and don’t give up 😊 Your next big opportunity is out there! Want to watch a live video with one of our recruiters explaining more about this topic? Check out our Instagram Live!