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Jump the job search queue and tick all the recruiters' boxes with a comprehensive CV

by , 16 January 2013
It's always daunting searching for a new job at the start of the year, especially as so many school leavers join the search. And existing job-seekers continue to face an uphill struggle to secure employment as jobs don't grow on trees. Recruitment specialists at Accsys say the value of the Curriculum Vitae (CV) should not be underestimated.

Increasing levels of competition, pressure to do more with less and ongoing volatile economic conditions mean decision makers are forced to be more selective in skills recruitment. This means that job seekers have to use everything at their disposal to grab the attention of prospective employers.
 
Thousands of applications are sent daily for each position advertised …
'We live in an age of information and because of the amount of data now available, and the volume of information technology being developed and released, [recruiters] can literally receive thousands of applications daily for positions. The CV is still considered to be a proven way of getting the attention of would-be employers and creating the right first impression,' says Teryl Schroenn, CEO of Accsys.
 
But how do you get your CV to stand out from the crowd? Schroenn offers a few of the secrets that tick all the boxers when recruiters check CVs.
 
Follow these tips to polish your CV and have it shine a little brighter than the rest
Accsys advises candidates to polish up their CVs and make sure to include a number of key components such as a short covering letter that summarises experience and skill sets, easy-to-access referees, and letters of commendation.
 
'It is very important to include as much relevant detail as possible. However, what is equally vital is layout and presentation. This says as much about an individual as the content of a CV itself. [Put] current jobs at the front, education and skill sets should follow, use spell checker and point form structure, and personalise the letter for the prospective employer. It really helps to show that you understand both the company and the position you are applying for and why you believe you are the right fit,' adds Schroenn.
 
Take note of these finer details of CV structure for an advantage in the job race and to increase your chance of being recruited for your dream job. For more HR tips and advice, sign up for our Labour Bulletin!
 

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