YOUR CV is a bit like your nose.
Sure, it might be longer or fatter than the next person's, but that doesn't make it any better or worse at being a CV. Or a nose. I've forgotten which I was referring to.
While you might not be as keen on having a nose that really sets you apart from the crowd, when it comes to CVs and job-hunting, you need a point of difference.
The recruiting experts at Hays are a fount of useful job-seeking information, and how to structure a winning CV is right up Susie Timlin's alley.
Susie is Hays Talent Solutions' global director of people and culture, and had these six tips for crafting a CV that will secure interviews.
Your personal statement
"A concise personal statement directly beneath your contact details provides employers with a snapshot of your key skills and work ambitions," Susie said.
"It's the first place an employer is likely to look, so succinctly detail your proudest achievements here."
Matching the job description
"Try to use adjectives that are similar to those used in the job advertisement, without replicating it word for word. If the employer prioritises someone with 'effective leadership skills' then make sure you demonstrate yours during the early part of your personal statement."
"Remember that employers are interested in tangible evidence of your abilities, not just a list of overused adjectives. It's not enough to just say that you're hardworking, loyal and a good team player, you need to be able to demonstrate it with solid evidence," Susie said.
Provide hard evidence of your achievements
"When listing achievements, keep in mind that what really impresses employers is data.
Consider the differing impact of 'I consistently exceeded sales targets in my last year' versus 'I exceeded sales targets in the last four quarters by x%, resulting in an overall annual increase in turnover of $x.'"
Put yourself in the thick of the action
"Use strong action verbs and take credit where credit is due. However never claim involvement in something that had nothing to do with you and don't badmouth former colleagues or employers."
Make it accessible
"Send the document over as a PDF so there is no chance of the hirer not being able to view it, make sure all the font is of a legible size and ensure your contact details are current and correct."