Having recently recruited for a new role I was struck by two things:

  1. How many people applied – over 200 CVs to go through and assess
  2. How many fundamental mistakes people make when applying for jobs which means they might not even be considered for an interview.

Interview What are your pet peeves when recruiting for new roles? And how can we help would be employees to really sell themselves at the CV stage?

As these are such fundamental things that can be fixed so easily, here are Cascade’s Top 5 Tips on getting your CVs noticed:

  1. Always, always tailor your CV to the job you are applying for, particularly in your personal impact statement. As a recruiter if I see somebody hasn’t bothered to do that, then how engaged are they going to be doing the role?
  2. Provide a covering note or email – this doesn’t have to be long but something to demonstrate that you’ve read and understood the job requirements and highlighting why you’d be a good fit for the role
  3. Don’t just list what you can do. Demonstrate how you can do it. Give tangible examples of when you have done the things that you’re saying you can do
  4. Format your CV – make it easy to read and look professional, make sure the font is consistent and yes it should still only be max 2 pages in length
  5. Proofread your CV or, even better, get somebody else to proofread it for you as too often we can’t see our own typos

And a little extra tip: if you haven’t applied for a role in a while you no longer have to put your date of birth on a CV – which makes me very happy indeed!

Applying for jobs is tricky at the best of times, but with these simple tweaks to a CV, it may help someone’s CV stand out and get them through to that all-important interview stage.

Jules MacMillan has been a Coach & Trainer in the field of People Development since 2003 and is Managing Director of Cascade Learning Ltd. For more information please visit www.cascadelearning.co.uk.

To find out more about how to help your staff Prepare for Interviews https://cascadelearning.co.uk/services/business-essentials/preparing-for-interviews