Great CVs get noticed and demand attention from employers. Creating an effective CV can greatly improve your chances of landing that dream job, so you want to put your best foot forward with the space you’ve got and the things you want to say.
Creating an Indeed CV is the first step to being found by thousands of employers who are looking for your exact skill set. But how can you make sure that your CV stands out to the right recruiter? Here are three ways you can set yourself apart:
1. Make a great first impression
Effective CVs quickly show a clear picture of the value you’ll bring to an employer. The headline and summary sections of your Indeed CV are a good place to start creating this picture.
You can think of the headline as a professional tagline that includes:
- The type of job you’re targeting and a description of your experience level
- Specific qualifications or attributes that relevant employers will value
If your previous or current title is unfamiliar to most employers, craft a title that accurately describes your expertise.
The summary section can be used to further capture an employer’s attention by highlighting notable achievements, skills and professional attributes. This section should be more extensive than the headline while still being brief.
Here’s an example of an effective headline and summary section:
- Headline: Senior-level Interior Designer with expertise in 3D modeling
- Summary: Senior-level Interior Designer with 8 years experience in space planning, remodeling and renovations for residential and commercial properties. Expert in 3D modeling and Computer-Aided Design (CAD).
If you have specialised training or certifications that are commonly described with acronyms, don’t assume that recruiters will know their meaning. Put acronyms in parentheses after the spelled-out version to ensure these qualifications aren’t overlooked.
It should go without saying, but CVs with spelling mistakes or grammatical errors are likely to cause recruiters and hiring managers to stop reading. After carefully proofreading your CV, have a friend or colleague review it to help catch errors you may have missed.
2. Target the job you want
With the addition of a headline and a summary, you’ve added something special to your CV. Now, take the next step to tailor it for the precise job you’re after. To make your CV stand out to relevant employers, it’s helpful to review job postings for the types of positions you’re qualified for and take note of:
- The desired skills and experience cited by the employer
- The responsibilities of the position
- The words/phrases used to describe the ideal candidate
This research will reveal the specific things you can include on your CV. For example, if the jobs you’re pursuing commonly cite public speaking experience as a desired skilled, make sure you include examples of your public speaking history.
Studying CVs of people who hold or have held the type of job you’re pursuing is also useful. You can search the Indeed CVs of people in your field to see what skills and accomplishments they emphasise. What does their career progression look like? The answer should provide actionable ideas for how to showcase your experience.
3. Demonstrate success with details
Your “Work Experience” section should emphasise the results you’ve delivered with specific examples that show how you did it and what measurable results you achieved. Use concise sentences and bullets to make these results stand out.
General claims make it difficult for employers to assess the value you provided to previous employers. Whenever possible, quantify your accomplishments. “Exceeded sales quota for seven straight quarters, growing new business by an average of 10% each quarter” is more impactful than “consistently met sales quotas.”
When notable contributions can’t be quantified, present them with details that describe results. Vague words and phrases like “oversaw” and “successfully developed” mean little unless they are substantiated.
Every day, thousands of employers search for candidates on Indeed CV. Taking the time to create a CV that clearly communicates the benefits they’ll gain by hiring you can pay big dividends. Get started today.