First impressions are vital to success. On average recruiters spend just seven seconds looking at a CV before deciding whether a candidate is appropriate for the role. With that said, here are a few simple but effective ways that you can use in order to make your CV stand out from the rest:

There is no such thing as a general CV, your CV must be job specific. Establish what your job entails and how you can match each requirement. Every CV you send to your future employer should be tailored to the specific role you are applying for.

Choose your key skills and accomplishments in order to attract attention. This information should be compiled in a short summary. Remember! This personal profile is a critical part of your CV and tells the recruiter exactly who you are.

References should be from a previous employer who can vouch for your skills and experience. If you have never worked before it will be acceptable to use a teacher as a reference.

It is pivotal to review your CV on a regular basis and modify it where needed. Such as any new skills or experience that is missing. Updating your CV on a regular basis helps eliminate the time and effort of researching old documents.

Job titles and job buzzwords will help a search engine pick out your CV from the rest of the pack. This helps recruiters find your CV if you have uploaded it to a job site. If you are unsure which keywords you should be using, search online in order to see which words are commonly mentioned when you input your job title.

Leaving apparent gaps on your CV immediately makes employers suspicious and they will not give you the benefit of the doubt. If you have been out of work it can be of a concern but try put a positive spin on it.