How to make your CV stand out to potential employers

Yunis Lombard our consultant managing the role
Posting date: 01 July 2024

TRS Staffing Solutions (TRS) is a results-driven recruitment specialist with expertise in a wide range of industries. As such, we’ve certainly got some knowledge as to what makes up a great CV.


It’s no secret that finding the right job can be like finding a needle in a haystack, especially in 2024, but what can you do to increase your chances of being offered your dream job? If you’ve been wondering how to enhance your CV, keep reading.


To make yourself stand out as a serious contender, we’ve compiled our 3 top CV tips that our recruiters look for in 2024 as well as answering some FAQs.

How to make your CV stand out in 2024?


1. Make sure it is well-organised


A well-organised CV should present the information a hiring manager needs to know in a logical order with a clean, attractive layout that’s easy to take in. 


In 2024, CVs are becoming more skills-focused so it’s vital you can clearly showcase this.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for roles in Renewables, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas or beyond, keeping your CV organised helps you to stand out.


We suggest placing your personal profile at the top followed by a summary of your qualifications, a reverse-chronological listing of past employment, and then education. With your CV in this format, recruiters can digest your information more easily. 


Remember, when organising your CV, look to use action verbs where possible.
 

2. Ensure your CV is error-free


Another one of our top tips for CVs is to be consistent with your spacing, text size and font. 


Double-check your spelling and make sure you’re using the correct grammar and punctuation – any small errors can show that you’re not that attentive to detail. 


Eliminate all imperfections from your CV, first impressions count so make sure you don’t allow a small error to stand between you and your dream career.


3. Tailor your CV to the job


First impressions last and a tailored CV shows you care about the role you’re applying for. 


Tailor your summary of qualifications so the most relevant information is first and edit your terminology to a similar manner that the company use online and in their job description. 


Small details like this show that you share a like-mindedness with the company as well as a strong want to succeed and impress.


FAQs


Why is my CV not getting noticed?


There are several reasons why your CV might not be gaining any traction. 


From not including the right skills and experience and the competitiveness of the job market, to not tailoring your application to the specific role you are applying for, many factors could mean your CV doesn’t get past the initial screen. 


We suggest following our advice and making sure to proofread your CV every time you make edits. 


Do you have to list every job on a CV?


CVs should be one to two pages long so sometimes you might not have enough space to include every role you’ve worked in.


Your CV is meant to be a summary of your relevant work experience, skills and education to the role you are applying for, this should be what you include when tailoring your application.

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Whether it’s considering what action words to include in your CV, the structure, or how you tailor it to each role, there’s a lot to factor in when making your CV stand out in 2024. 


Competition in the job market can sometimes seem fierce, that’s why it’s crucial to put the work in to demonstrate why your background and expertise are perfect for the role advertised.

TRS is committed to sustainability, innovation, and excellence in all that we do, you can be sure that we are driven by those values when connecting you with your next opportunity. Browse our latest jobs today.

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