3 tips to make your cv stand out

Hi guys! I’m back again with a new post where I’m revealing 3 tips that will help you make your CV stand out from the pile of CV’s that employers receive. 

We all know the struggle when you’re applying for a job/internship and you think you’ve put literally everything on your CV but until today not a single soul has called you for an interview. I know the feeling, I’ve been there. We live in a very competitive world right now and it is super important to make your cv stand out. I can’t promise you you’ll get the job but one thing I know is your CV will be eye-catching with the following 3 tips I’m going to share with you!

1.  Design or invest in an eye-catching CV lay-out

Guys, as for this one it’s really important. The first thing that people see is the lay-out not the content. Make sure you can draw the recruiters’ attention on the first stage. I’m not good in designing my own CV so what I do is invest in a CV template via Etsy and get it sent to me. You can choose from different lay-out styles. From simplistic to colorful and creative. Do bare in mind that it’s better to choose a lay-out that fits within the sector your trying to find a job in.  All you have to do when you’ve received the files is to download them and fill in the content in the template. Since I’ve done this, I’ve been receiving a lot of compliments on how professional and creative my CV looks like (see the first picture).

3 tips to make your cv stand out
Search results on etsy.com when searching for cv template (screenshot)

2. Focus only on relevant information

We all want to pitch ourselves, show what we are capable of and why we are the best person for the job but one thing that is important is to select which information you want to put on your CV. You might be someone with trillion work experiences, eliminate those that you feel is not really relevant anymore to the next job you’re applying for. Bare in mind to keep you CV no longer than 2 pages! 2 pages is not always enough for someone. That’s why it is important to filter and keep the most relevant information regarding your education, work experiences and your hobbies on your CV.

3. Do some research on WHAT to put on your CV

What I’ve learned during some CV workshops I’ve attended is that research is important. With research, I mean looking into what the do’s and dont’s are in that particular country or sector you’re looking into. For example, I know that in The Netherlands, a lot of employers in retail prefer to have a CV with a picture on it. Not only in the retail sector, but in general. In The Netherlands, adding a picture on your CV is preferable however in the UK adding a picture on your CV is a no go! So before sending off your CV, do some research on what the do’s and dont’s are for a CV in your sector or country and go from there.

3 tips to make your cv stand out

image source hereI hope the 3 tips were useful. Are there any tips you would like to add to this list? I would love to hear from you!



  1. 4th September 2016 / 6:38 pm

    Ik werk momenteel bij een cosmetica personeelsbureau, ik ga weliswaar helemaal niet over het werven van nieuw personeel maar ik hoor wel altijd als iemand iets leuks of aparts in haar CV heeft staan. Dus iets opvallends wat niets met je baan te maken heeft maar met jou is ook leuk, mensen onthouden je. Zo hadden we iemand die alles als slagzinnen had gemaakt en iemand die haar bucketlist had bijgevoegd.

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