When searching for your dream role, your CV is the key that unlocks the next important stage of the process – the interview. For many candidates it can be challenging to identify how to upgrade your CV from average to attention-grabbing. An engaging CV helps you to create a lasting impression from the very beginning of the interview process and ensures success in the process. As a leading marketing recruitment agency, Spotlight Recruitment aspires to help candidates develop their careers, so we are sharing our top tips to make sure your CV creates impact.
First impressions count
Your CV acts as a window into you as a candidate and what attributes you could bring to the role, so it is important to be engaging and precise. To do this, when writing your CV, try to restrict this to 1-2 pages, as this will help you to prioritise what information you include, and also makes this easier to read for the recruiter or employer. Remember, the recruiter could be viewing multiple CVs daily, so it’s important to make the information is clear and concise to ensure experience is understood.
The general rule of thumb for CVs is to keep it simple; a sensible, easy-to-read font and clear sections. If your CV appears too crowded or is hard to read, the chances are that the employer may not even attempt to read it thoroughly. Likewise, if you only have one sentence to detail a job you were in for 4 years, its not enough, so get the balance right. If you’re applying for a creative position, for example, a graphic designer, it may be a good idea to display this through a more creative CV in order to grab the reader’s attention and showcase your design ability.
As you will be inevitably distributing your CV to different companies, do ensure that there are no grammatical or spelling mistakes. A key way to avoid any errors is to proofread, proofread, and proofread again! You will want to demonstrate that you have put care and effort into your application process, this demonstrates a strong attention to detail and excellent written communication skills.
In addition to this, try not to rely on spellcheckers – these can often miss errors out or can recommend the wrong spelling and grammar. Instead, why not ask a trusted colleague or professional to take a read of your CV before submitting.
Above all, your CV is a snapshot into your personal brand and why a company should hire you, so it is – in essence – a persuasive piece of writing. Be sure to highlight relevant experience that exhibits key industry skills, and, where possible, adapt any listed skills to match the job description of the role that you’re applying for. In addition to this, it is beneficial to demonstrate your value to the company and show your impact as this can set you apart from many other candidates. You can demonstrate your value through highlighting awards, public recognition, team successes, and press features that you have achieved within your previous roles; these all act as proof that you are a successful and desirable employee.
Do you need a helping hand in landing a marketing, communications or digital role? Spotlight Recruitment are committed to helping people to find roles that make them happy and where they can continue to flourish. Send across a copy of your CV to email@example.com today, and we can help your marketing career develop!
Spotlight Recruitment have been hiring standout marketing, digital, and communications candidates for clients in all sectors since 2008. Read our 5* Google reviews from candidates and clients to find out more how we work. If you would like to discuss hiring plans, new roles or need market-relevant insight, you can reach us on 020 3008 4254 or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org