Each job in today’s market usually attracts large volumes of applicants. Studies have shown that because of this recruiters only spend an average of six seconds looking at a CV before deciding whether to put it in either the ‘potential’ or ‘reject’ piles. With this in mind, it’s important to give each and every recruiter a reason to take a closer look at your CV. Here are some tips to help you achieve that goal.

Highlight Key Words

Make sure you have a skills section or summary statement in the top third of your CV’s first page. This gives the recruiter the information they’re looking for in their first glance at your CV. When you apply for a job make sure to read the job description carefully and pick out the desired skills or qualifications within it. Then go through your CV and ensure that all your skills and qualifications that match those of the job description are visible and easy to see on your CV.

Recruiters Love Section Headings

Section headings are very important in a CV, especially when the recruiter doesn’t spend too long reading it. Section headings can be a way of grabbing the recruiters attention to make sure they pay more attention to your CV. For example, if you’re applying for a teaching job, don’t have a section heading that says “Experience.” Instead, have one that says “Teaching Experience.” Use your section headings to draw the recruiter’s attention to your suitability for the position.

Use Your Work History To Work For You

If you’ve worked for established leaders in your industry, well known brands, or companies that have instant name recognition, use that to your advantage in your CV. Lots of people highlight the position they’ve held by making it bold or italicised in their CVs. However, if you’ve worked for a top company, try highlighting the company’s name. The power of your work history can be used to impress recruiters. Use the companies you’ve worked for to land you a new job!