We have all been there. Sending your CV to countless organisations only to hear the words “regret to inform you”, “unfortunately”, “apply again when you have more experience”. This can be a disheartening experience, but what if we could turn those words into something more like “Congratulations”, “we are excited to offer you this job” or “you are perfect for this role”, wouldn’t that be better? Here are Udrafters top tips for making your CV stand out.
Tip no 1: No one likes an ugly CV
Imagine you are an employer with 25 years experience in hiring new employees and you get thousands of job applications all with the same CV. Your atypical word document, black and white, size 12 Times New Roman font, single line spacing and a lifetime of information attempting to fit on 2 pages. Now times that by 1000 applicants… BORING! It is most likely that the employer will skim read your CV and you want to capture their interest within the first few seconds. Try upgrading your CV, add a pop of colour, be experimental, but remember to keep it professional. Sites like google docs have modern CV templates you can use to help you stand out from the crowd.
Tip no 2: Sell yourself
It is important when it comes to writing a CV to sell yourself. So often in the UK we can be shy around shouting out about our achievements but when it comes to the world of work normally it is those who shout the loudest that get the jobs. Another common mistake is the language used within your CV and how we phrase certain things. For example when listing your skills you may say that you “work in different areas everyday”, why not try saying something like “I have the ability to adapt to a changing environment.” This sounds more professional and really sells the skills you have. Another thing that you need to highlight is your Unique Selling Point(USP). What makes you different from 1000 other applicants? Having a strong USP is another way to stand out from the crowd
Tip no 3: Get Paid, Get Experience, Get Ahead!
One of the most important things you need on your CV to make it stand out is the right experience. Employers want to know that you have the skills to do the job and having experience and references shows them just that. We at Udrafter understand all too well the catch 22 that is work experience.You need work experience in order to get a job, but you also need a job in order to get experience. That is where we come in. We are there for students who have experience AND for those who don’t. Udrafter offers one off projects to students with local companies where they get paid for the work that they do but also receive a rating and review for their work. This is a great part of our platform that you can add these reviews to your cv or show them off in a portfolio to a potential employer.
For more information about what we do or to sign up to our app visit: www.udrafter.com