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3 Simple Steps to Instantly Improve Your CV with Guest Blogger Dave Landry Jr.

Posted: November 10, 2016 at 12:29 pm | Author: Chris Davies

Since in the majority of cases a CV is the first point of contact between you and your future employer, you cannot underestimate the power of a well structured, creative, and well-thought-out design.

Believe it or not, your CV is the one thing that can either make or break your chances of an interview, and chances are that you would prefer the first option. The good news is that it only takes 3 simple steps to turn an average CV into a winning one. Keep reading to learn how to instantly improve your CV and get a job you have always dreamed about.

Make it digital

Did you know that a typical recruiter looks at a CV for no longer than 7 seconds? The one and only lesson to learn from this fact is that you should take care of a visual part of your resume. Fortunately, the age we live in is called digital, and it can help when it comes to CVs.

Popular online services such as Canva or Kickresume can make your CV look like a real piece of art. With free or paid templates, your CV will become visually appealing, professional, and generally better compared to ones created in Microsoft Word. Impress your HR with a digital resume and win extra seconds in this ‘CV scanning’ game.

Let the force of social media be with you

The truth is that not all social networks were made to have fun. One of them, namely LinkedIn, was created with a noble goal to help employers and employees find each other. Not only does this network help professionals stay connected, but it can also make a significant contribution to your CV. LinkedIn offers a feature called endorsements, and you are strongly advised to use it to boost your own career. To use it, you only need to list your skills and ask your friends or former colleagues for endorsements. As soon as it is done, let the psychological rule of social proof do its job.

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    Integrate the right keywords

The phrase ‘keyword’ is mostly used in connection with search engine optimization but what does it have to do with your employment? Oftentimes, especially when it comes to HR departments of large organizations, recruiters use a keyword search to come up with the list of candidates. So think like your recruiter and insert the words mostly related to your desired position in the text of your CV. As the labor market becomes more diverse and globalized, more and more companies choose to use electronic systems of tracking candidates. To put it differently, come up with a list of the right keywords for your CV and the internet’s cold-hearted electronic system will work for you rather than stand between you and your dream job.

I hope these three great tips from our guest blogger Dave Landry Jr. will help make the world of difference to your CV and your job search success!

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