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How to Spice Up Your CV

22000523_mWith summer just around the corner, here are a few ways you can make your CV sizzle and increase your chances of securing that dream job.

Assess Layout

One of the quickest ways to spice up your CV template is to change the design and layout. Because employers receive hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of applications for every job opening they advertise you need to make yours stand out from the rest. Creating an innovative CV design, laying it out differently or playing with colour options can really help you to create a unique CV. If an employer receives this alongside lots of traditional looking CVs they are more likely to pick yours up and start reading it which could lead to a job interview!

Gain More Experience

To really add depth to your CV you could consider gaining more experience either through work experience or volunteering. The more content you have on your CV, the easier it will be to demonstrate and prove your key skills.

Content

Refreshing your CV content regularly is a great way to keep your CV interesting. If there is anything you can add to your hobbies or work experience then ensure you include on your CV. You should also revisit sections like career objective and personal statement to ensure they are up to date.

Researching

If you are applying to work for a particular company you can automatically improve your CV by researching their organisation and adding points to your CV. By researching the company you can find out valuable information like company ethos and history and you can then include this in your CV and cover letter. Making your CV more personalised can really help when it comes to trying to secure a job interview.

Be Creative

If you really want to make your CV different you can attempt some creative stunts. Most recently the media and employers were impressed by a candidate who created an online CV that looked like an Amazon page.