Tips to ensure your CV stands out

AMP's recruitment specialists give their hints and tips on how you can help make sure your CV gets you an interview.

Your CV is the first point of contact when you apply for a role so you want to make a good first impression. There are a lot of candidates out there wanting the perfect job that you want too, so it’s important your CV is well written and presented to a high standard. 

  • Base your CV on the role and company you are applying for – it’s always a good idea to personalise your resume for each type of role and company you are applying for, if you are looking to apply for a specialised role than have the information that relates to those skills at the top of each job description to show how you have experience in this area.
  • Career objectives – Have a section in your CV (usually this is the very first thing you have on your CV), where you list your career objectives & goals, where you want to be in 5 years, and what you’re looking for. This gives the reader an understanding of the expectations you have for your next role & if they will suit the vacancy. Our Sydney Recruitment Specialist Suzi Kinanne warns you to check your CV carefully before sending over, “I read a career summary on a CV which read ‘I want to work for X company’ and it was the wrong company!”
  • Many roles over a short amount of time – If you have had many roles over your career and have only been in some roles for a short amount of time, list the reasons for leaving so recruiters can have a general idea of what’s going on, as in some cases having many roles over a short time could be seen as a concern without understanding why it is the case.
  • Achievements – When writing your CV, whenever you find it possible, list your achievements rather than just a list of roles, tasks or responsibilities. Your achievements should be quantified, for example, ‘I increased our client base by 15% in 2014’. Your achievements can also demonstrate how you made an enhancement to an existing process or practice problem.
  • More do’s and don’ts – Keep it short and sweet. You don’t need to have a 12 page document, so try and cut it down where you can and ensure it doesn’t take too long to read through. Make sure you include all of your education listing it from most recent. Lastly, use the same font all the way through so it all looks the same, no spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. 

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