5 tips on how to make your CV stand out from the crowd

By January 11, 2022For Talent

Are you trying to make your CV stand out?

And just like that, it’s 2022. A new year is a great opportunity to start fresh, be it a new city, a new house or a new job. January is the time to get the ball rolling. We can’t really help on the housing front, but we can help you to land the job of your dreams. 

 First step? Submitting that CV. We’ve got some really great tips on how to make your CV and Cover Letter stand out from the crowd. 

make your CV stand out

Tailor it every time.

Every job is different, every application is different, and every Hiring Manager is looking for different things – so tailor, tailor, tailor! There is no point in sending out the same CV for 8 different job applications. Research each company, and include buzzwords that may jump out to the person reading the CV. Also, where you can, try to make subtle references to the job description, so the company know you’re a good match. 

No more than two pages.

One important thing to remember is try to avoid overdoing it when it comes to your CV. The likelihood is that the hiring manager has a pile of other applications to read, so the last thing they want is a 5 page CV from you. Keep it concise and to the point! 

make your CV stand outChoose language wisely.

Every company has a different brand identity, and a different tone – so you should be mindful of that when doing up a CV to apply for a role. If you are applying to say, a law firm, you may find that using a more formal and corporate tone would be best. Likewise, if you are applying to a less corporate company, an informal tone may work better. Check out the company website or brand page, to get an idea. 


This should, naturally, go without saying, but sometimes spelling and grammar can slip through the cracks. And guys, it really, really shouldn’t. We know that a spelling mistake or a grammatical error isn’t the end of the world, however, if you are a hiring manager looking to narrow down a pool of applicants, small mistakes might be the only way to do so. Get someone to proof read your CV before sending it out.

make your CV stand out

Make a personal statement.

Not everyone chooses to include a little personal statement on their CV, but I really see the merit in it. A personal statement can help identify your strengths and immediately show that you have the right skills for the job. Look at it as kind of an opener to the person reading it.

Listen, every CV will be different depending on the role you’re applying for, so be sure to to some research around what kind of applications they look for and what they’re hoping to see in your CV.

Good luck! 

Author Rebecca O'Keeffe

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