Are you currently going through the process of revamping your CV in the hope of searching for a new position. We know it can be quite a time-consuming and tedious task but it’s also very rewarding if your CV gets your foot in the right door. At Lyreco we have a specially trained talent acquisition department who know what works in a CV to make it stand out. We sat down with Dan one of our specialists in talent acquisition to get his top tips which you can read below…
“I recently read an article that Recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing an individual resume – whether this is accurate or not (and it certainly isn’t for us here at Lyreco) it isn’t massively important, but it is important to know that first impressions on a CV are vital. For me here are a few things that sometimes get overlooked but when done appropriately it can make your CV really stand out.
Firstly, find a template. I see so many CVs that have just been made using a blank word document and while this won’t necessarily mean you’re unsuccessful in applying for the role – the aesthetics matter. For some roles, we get well over 100 applicants so the first impression is vital as it can help you get shortlisted and show Hiring Managers you’re serious about joining our company. The best thing about templates though is that they give you a clear structure to follow which can be really important in sticking to the point and not missing out any relevant information, browse online and find one that fits your personality and the role you’re applying for.
Secondly, add a personal statement. Not all candidates include a personal statement in their CVs and it becomes obvious to Recruiters and Hiring Managers that something is missing. A short professional personal statement can really help convey who you are and why you’re the best person for the job.
Finally, don’t be afraid to sell yourself. I come across so many CV’s that just list their duties, which may be relevant but the best CVs list the candidate’s achievements; won an award in your sales team for being the top biller? Tell me! Solved administration issues by 30% in your admin role? Tell me! Consistently getting good feedback from your clients in your Customer Service position? Tell me! Whatever you have achieved, let me and the hiring manager know, don’t be afraid to highlight your success! You literally earned it.
I hope this helps & good luck with putting together a great CV that will help you to secure a role in the future!”
Are you looking for your next role? We’ve got some great opportunities available at Lyreco. Find out more at https://careerssearch.lyreco.co.uk/