You can spend hours writing a CV, but it only has a few seconds to make an impression when it lands on a hiring manager’s screen.
In those precious seconds, your CV needs to show that you have the relevant skills, experience and education to earn a job interview. If that wasn’t enough, there could be hundreds of other applicants gunning for the same role.
Your best chance at standing out from the crowd is creating a CV which also shows you’ve got the soft-skills and personality that make you someone people will enjoy working with.
Here are three ways to show personality on your CV – without compromising professionalism!
1. Talk about hobbies and charitable work
This one is an easy starting point. You might not think the person reading your CV cares that you enjoy marathon running, live music and coordinating a weekly Dungeons & Dragons night – but those hobbies show that you’re healthy, sociable and organised in your free time.
Also, remember to include a summary of any voluntary work you do. A Deloitte Survey revealed that 92% of employers believe volunteering expands an employee’s skillset, while 85% are willing to overlook experience or skill shortcomings if you reference charitable work!
2. Highlight professional passions
What drives you to succeed? What inspires and motivates you? And who do you admire?
Answering these questions on your CV will give the hiring manager a broader idea of why you’re applying and highlight that you genuinely care about what you do.
You can achieve this via a couple of bullet points under each role on your CV when you outline key accomplishments.
3. Be human
Unless you’re reading this in 2084 and the robots have finally taken over, the hiring manager reading your CV is a human being.
Obviously avoid slang – but write your personal statement with the same words you would use in-person at an interview, leaving out the business jargon.
If you’re struggling to write down a personal statement that actually reflects your personality, try recording yourself telling a friend why you deserve the job you’re applying for. You can listen back to the recording and take notes to help you write a statement that mirrors your unique tone!
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