Your CV is your opportunity to showcase yourself as a future employee to a prospective employer.

It is said that you never get a second chance to make a first impression and that is certainly true with job applications.

So, what are the “do’s and don’ts” that are important to remember in making a job application. How can you use your CV as a way to promote yourself to a prospective employer, to make your CV stand out?  Below are six tips to remember.

 1. Think about your CV from the perspective of how it will be read. Find out as much as you can about the person you will be sending your CV too. Personalise your CV and make it relevant to the role that you are applying for. Use your CV as a way of demonstrating to your prospective employer that not only do you want the job; you are the best person for the job.

Don’t send out a standard CV in respect of every role you apply for. Have a template CV that you can customise and refine specifically to the application you are making.

 2. Consider how to present your CV to make it interesting to a prospective employer. Start with a short personal statement of no more than two paragraphs about yourself.

As well as providing an overview of your academic achievements, previous experience, and career objectives, you should make the content specific to the role you are applying for. Where you can always use examples to support your previous experience, these bring your CV to life. If your CV is interesting to read your prospective employer will be sure to read it.

3. Be creative and innovative when preparing your CV. As an alternative to a traditional CV consider creating a video CV. As well as being original it is a great way to showcase your creativity and original thinking. If that is not possible include links to examples of work that you may have completed. This brings you “alive” in the eyes of your prospective employer. One word of caution; make sure that the links work.

4 Address your application to a named person. Never apply to “Dear sir or madam”. If a person isn’t named in the application process, find out who they are.

5. If the application process requires you to fill in an online application form that does not permit you to submit your CV complete the application form with reference to the information on your CV, ensuring that you include all the key information that you want your prospective employer to read.

6 Proactively follow up job applications. If you have not had an acknowledged of your application within a week, or an update on the progress of your application within two weeks contact the employer. As well as showing that you have a proactive approach, it brings your name and your CV to the employer’s attention.

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