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How to make your CV standout amongst the clutter

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Competition naturally comes with the territory when seeking a great job, but clinching a top drawer job also requires a top drawer CV. What can you do to boost your chances when applying for jobs in sales? Here are a number of suggestions that we at Raw Talent Academy consider well worth keeping in mind.

But remember at Raw Talent we believe candidates applying for jobs with our clients should be judged based on their ability and competency, not their CV, education or experience. To know more and apply, visit our candidate’s page.

Where practically possible, stick to two A4 pages

For most jobs you apply for, two A4 pages is a good length for your CV – and there are several crucial reasons why. Though, naturally, you should go into a decent level of detail to help the employer to better understand you, remember that your employer wants to know specifically what makes you a good candidate for this particular job, so you can save them time by cutting out irrelevant details.

Adhere to a clear and logical structure

You can do this by, for example, separating parts of the CV into clear and distinct sections, each with an easy-to-comprehend heading. The structure should also be logical; for example, listing qualifications above achievements makes sense if these achievements occurred while studying for the qualifications.

Ensure that your CV is relevant for the specific job

Many people tend to just keep a standard CV that they send in every application. However, you can definitely leave a more positive impression on the employer by tailoring your CV to better demonstrate your unique suitability to the specific job. You should also consider that different organisations could look for different qualities in candidates even when offering similar jobs.

Shout about your achievements from the rooftops!

Okay, not literally – we mean on your CV, obviously. However, you can certainly benefit from having a dedicated ‘Achievements’ section on your CV, where you list your successes and how you intend to replicate similar successes in future. If you have a tendency to be too modest for your own good, now’s the time to set that aside… at least for this part of your CV.

Read through very carefully for spelling and grammatical errors

This should, of course, be the very last step before you actually send off the CV. Spelling and grammatical errors in a CV could, of course, suggest unnecessary carelessness to the employer looking over the CV. However, we recommend that you wait at least a few minutes before proofreading the CV, as you should then find it easier to spot any errors.

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