How to spruce up your CV for the post-summer recruitment drive

Don’t be dormant over the slow recruiting period…instead make your CV sparkle with these three tips

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In some parts of the world, summer is not the time to go looking for a new job. France, for example, heads off on holiday en masse at the end of July. Even in countries that don’t pack up and head off to the beach, you’ll still find many companies are in “covering colleague” mode, so won’t be actively recruiting. It makes sense therefore to be prepared for the return to full working order at the start of September with a CV that sparkles.

1. Personalise your work experience

A big thing in recruiting right now is personalisation. What does “personalisation” mean? There are two sides to it: One, do everything you can to find out the name of the person you want to send your CV to. Two, find out the personality of the company you are applying to so that you can personalise your CV to meet the requirements of the job.

2. Be passionate

If you have a passion related to your work – perhaps you volunteer in the sector – or you want to apply for a job in a new industry and have voluntary or out of work experience, make sure you include it on your CV. If you have a side gig that’s related to a hobby, perhaps you make and sell jewellery, it’s fine to include that, just show how your passion for it translates into an aspect of the job you are applying for.

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3. Be precise

After all, you have about eight seconds or less to get the attention of an HR person, according to Indeed. It’s important then to make sure your CV is current, targeted and no more than two pages long.


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