We’ve all heard the old saying that first impressions last. While this is true for most situations in life, it is perhaps nowhere as pertinent as when referring to the impression that your CV will make on a potential new employer.
Employers tend to glance over candidates’ CVs for about 30 seconds at most, which is why you need to have a CV that makes a winning first impression in order to land that interview, and ultimately that dream job.
There are certain things you could put on your CV that you might not normally expect to see on a CV. These things however, can give your CV that winning edge.
Here are just a few of those unexpected things to add to your CV if they’re not already on there:
Out-of-office side projects
If you’re working on a side project outside of working hours, it may be a good idea to include that in your CV.
Detailing your out-of-office efforts for your potential employers can be an excellent way to show them that you take time outside of work to expand your knowledge and skillset, which will help contribute to your performance success during office hours.
Job seekers are often told to keep their CVs as brief and succinct as possible.
While you obviously don’t want to brush over major career highlights, you also don’t want to waffle on endlessly about every minor job you’ve ever had since leaving school.
What you do want to mention on your CV though are all of your specific accomplishments while at a particular job.
You want to show your potential new employer what contribution you personally made to the success of your previous company.[tip title=”moneysmart tip”]Quantify any specific sales, budget or other types of improvements for which you were responsible while at your previous job. If you improved sales by 20% then include that. If you managed to bring on 5 new clients in your time at that job, then add that too. The more specific you can get with regards to your achievements, the better your new employer can analyse your performance.[/tip]
Unconventional CV components
We’re living in a digital age where technology reigns supreme. Therefore using technology to your advantage and breaking the stale mould of written CVs can be just that competitive edge that will set your CV apart from the crowd.
Whether it’s an unconventionally designed and laid out CV or a video résumé, try thinking out of the box when it comes to crafting your CV.
Doing so will help you get noticed by the right people and will also show your creativity and industriousness, which are key qualities that just about any potential new employer will be looking for.[tip title=”moneysmart tip”]A video résumé –or at least a link on your written CV to your online video –can be a great way of showing off your personality, confidence and communication skills that might not necessarily come across on a written CV.[/tip]
You may not think that your travel experience is relevant on a professional CV, but it may actually help you land that dream job.
Many employers and HR managers love to see candidates’ travel experience, especially if the travel was for work, education or volunteer purposes.
If you have travelled abroad for any such purpose, add it to your CV.
This kind of travel experience indicates that you are able to adapt to new situations and new people. It also shows that you aren’t afraid to leave your comfort zone.
These are all qualities that most employers and HR managers are looking for in new employees.
Social media profile links
With practically all of us active on at least one social media platform, it makes sense that most employers and HR managers nowadays check the social media profiles of potential candidates.
Your social media profiles can say quite a lot about you as a person and can certainly help a potential employer figure out whether or not you’ll be a good fit for their company.
Just make sure that your profile isn’t filled with NSFW content or angry rants about your previous employer.[tip title=”moneysmart tip”]If you have a personal blog on which you post content that is relevant to your industry or the job you’re applying for, include a link to your blog on your CV. This will give your potential employer a clear indication of your interests and tech savvy.[/tip]