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6 Ways To Get Your Job Resume Noticed

Updated on November 25, 2014

Your CV is your passport to getting a job. It's your calling card. It's your brochure in a way. It sells your skills. It gives you a chance to show off those attributes you have that make you the perfect choice for your employer. Now that you have arrived in the job market fresh from college or from a previous company and looking for a fresh start - this is your time to take charge of your life. Applying for that job is all about displaying your suitable skills and selling yourself. Here is a short and simple list of 6 ways to get your CV noticed.

1. Tailor your CV / Resume to your Audience - make the effort to tailor your CV to suit the requirements of each particular job that you are applying. It will seriously increase and improve your chances of securing a job interview. A lot of people just spend time writing up and printing the one CV for all prospective employers. Big mistake. Tailor the CV to suit the job. Highlight your skills and experience in order of importance. Your most important skills go on top.

2. Outline your objectives - your personal statement (you do have a personal statement, don't you?) should highlight your professional attributes and goals, and emphasising why it is worth reading the rest of your CV. You should aim to to use no more than 50 words, making each sentence a key selling point. (Also see point 6.)

3. Use relevant job titles - rather than stating you were a "Tier 2 Promotions and Advertising Coordinator", replacing it with "Marketing Executive" so employers can instantly recognise your experience. Don't waffle or beat about the bush.

Don't include old Information on your resume

It's amazing how much useless old stale information is still included on a person's resume. Okay, you can be proud of your qualification from the year 199X, or (gulp - 198X) ...whatever. But if it is old and stale and useless, why continue keeping it there? Your information and qualifications have to be new or recent, not old and from a bygone era. Imagine your CV is a book you are about to write and publish. Who will read it? Who is your audience? Exactly, hardly anyone.

No one wants to see your IT Diploma for Windows Millennium Edition or Windows 95, that is old hat and so gone! Likewise your degree in Economics from before the last recession (around 2008) is also out-dated, since so many things have changed. So do not include old stale qualifications and do not include too many jobs over many years. The last three jobs should suffice. If you changed jobs too many times, that might be flagged by future employers. So mention your present work and last three at the most. No more.

Make sure your resume shows a clear path of constant academic or work qualification updates or upgrades. And if you are only realizing this now, there is a very useful thing called night-school, and evening classes - that could be just the ticket to helping get those qualifications up to date.

4. Choose a clear layout - the last thing a recruiter wants to have is to hunt for the information that they are looking for. So don't hide that information amongst an array of elaborate graphics. Ask yourself, do you really need elaborate graphics - where simple graphics or a chart will do. Or not at all. Make it easy to read. Your interviewer isn't reading a Company Annual report on you. It has to be easy, brief, and promising enough to make them want to meet you to discuss your accomplishments with them. Companies are becoming more particular now about the kind of workers they want. If every candidate has the same degree in something, then whatever work experience is included could make the difference. If the best most eye-catching CV is picked, it is because that would-be candidate put more attention into making sure it is tailor-made to be noticed. Make that person you.

5. Show everyone what makes you unique - employers don't just buy skills. They are buying the person. What makes you stand out? Pick those qualities, and put them at the top. Show how you can make the company money (if necessary) and show how you can resolve the problems that they have. They are the two core issues at the heart of every job. Re-purpose that olde resume into a new more up-to-date resume that reflects you as the pro-active can-do person who is enabled, enthusiastic, team-focused, and flexible. Make yourself stand out.

Super Tip for job Seekers: Join LinkedIn

The best way to be found is to be seen by as many employers and companies as possible. Every single week, my LinkedIn profile is seen by companies who want to employ me, or people like me. How are they finding me?

There is no magic to this, and no excuse not to join LinkedIn either since it is free. Sign up using your email account, acknowledge the link they send you, log into your new profile and then build it. Include a small but decent photo of yourself, and list your resume details as though it were the same thing. If you have an interesting profile, then companies will notice you.

The company LinkedIn sends you stats every week of how much your profile is being seen. The more active you are on LinkedIn, the more likely you will be noticed. LinkedIn is the worlds most popular business to business social media site.

6. Don't lie on your CV - this is a major reason people don't get jobs. They think that by putting little or bigger white lies in their job history, lists of accomplishments, courses, training and experience - they will get away with it. You won't. And that goes for your referees also. Your Interviewers will check you out. They will check your qualifications, then referees, then work history, they will check everything. They are used to people lying to them, despite the pleasant smiles you may see. It's all part of their job to pick the best candidate. The best candidate might be the most honest candidate.

Honesty gets you everywhere in life, in relationships, and in job interviews. Looking over a CV is always a wake up call, it shows your strengths and might show some weak areas. Deal with them honestly. If you can't substantiate something there, just leave it out.

If your CV is as close to perfect as can be, then you will feel more confident and its strength will reflect back in you. Be that person. And get that job.

In finishing I would like to recommend a great Hub written by Linsday Godfree about how to choose a career as a student. You may find it insightful.

Copyright (c) 2010 to 2014 Cassy Mantis. All rights reserved. Updated November 2014.


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  • Cheeky Girl profile image

    Cassandra Mantis 3 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Shivali, I have seen some rather ugly resumes in my time and it is so sad. People who have great personalities, great qualifications, but ordinary basic and lack-luster resumes, and then losing out to other better resumes that went on to the "included" piles in some office.

    But lots of companies do actually digitise the resume collection system and the information all gets complied in better more elaborate ways, so this is changing.

    And of course, online resumes are very common now.

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    the vibe 3 years ago from Delhi, India

    Great ideas. Thanks for sharing information about resume building. Resume layout should be in proper manner.

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hello again, my friend! Well I hope it is of some use. They are tried and trusted tips I have learned from having briefly been in recruitment for a while. I am glad to help in any way. Thanks for the rating! Beth, you are a star! Cheers! :) Have a great day!

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    Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

    As always, you've provided valuable information and tips! I agree with every single point you have made. Anyone who applies your advice will get noticed. Rated you up! Thanks Cheeky Girl!

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Cheers, Neil! :)

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    Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

    Mwah! right back - and thanks for the kind inspiring words.

    I'll keep you posted.

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Aaah, that is the Neil I know! Never say die! Well, finding something to do for the rest of your life, how about writing or something to do with writing? You are a fine writer, having "authored" several hubs articles already. If you wish, you could develop it more if you like...

    Most people would try something they know about or have already done or are good at. Make a list of at least 5 of those things, and the answer will be staring right at you, I am sure. I know people who sell stuff online and amazon stuff, etc, it might be small potatoes, but I have started into it myself, and it does pay. My attitude is - put the computer and internet to use, make an income from it, get it to pay for itself. And pay a dividend.

    Being able to work for yourself would give you time for yourself and the work, it's just a question of balance Neil. But I know you'll find something. And I wish you all the best luck doing it. You're a great guy, Neil!


    Cassy. :)

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    Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

    Finding work is not hard - finding something I want to do for the rest of my life is a challenge. Loads of handy man jobs etc that don't pay worth a crap and sales jobs where earning is next to impossible as the product sucks. Trust me though - I am far from losing heart. I am more focused on making something worth while happen than I have been in a long time... that said I would love to have more time to chill. Of course we'll stay in touch my friend. YOU are Awesome.

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Oh, I am sorry to hear you got laid off and broke the wrist. I had a wrist break once, it's not so bad after the reset. Okay, I lie, it hurt like the dickens for 3 days! LOL! Well, you should get rested and while everyone's off on holidays, take advantage and grab any vacancies there. The kids here are going back to school soon, and it will be busy again. The UK economy is picking up slightly. I hope it's doing the same there. Don't lose heart, Neil. Stay positive. Knock on doors if you have to. Ask friends, that would always work for me! Take care, Neil. Keep in touch, okay? x

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    Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

    You asked how I am - Earning a living is getting in the way of living. Was laid off end of April then broke my wrist so was in a cast most July and end of June so could not take in the beach.... made up for it this August though. Now I have to focus on earning again... How boring! LOL

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Helli Neil: aw, thank you for saying this. How is life, Neil? I hope you are well. Cheers!

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    Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

    You do know your stuff my friend. Great job

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hy ultimatepotential: thanks for the comments!

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    ultimatepotential 7 years ago from India

    Ah! Nice!

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    Cassandra Mantis 8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Hy MOW: Great to see you, my friend. You are amongst my fave Hubbers! Thanks for sharing it around. I posted another one last night with salary calculators for a few countries. USA, Canada, India, UK, Australia and a few others. Thanks for these comments. That means a lot to me! Ya making me blush now! LOL! *Love & Hugs you back* X

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    myownworld 8 years ago from uk

    I forwarded this (and the 10 mistakes to avoid) to a few friends I know going on the job market soon. This is just great stuff....and very comprehensive and well written! But what else can one expect from you? Well done...! love and hugs x

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    Cassandra Mantis 8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    @ Lindsay Godfree: Thankyou for this help, Lindsay! You are a great Hub Writer! I am delighted you let me link up with your hub! I happily love my job too much right now to wanna get bored with it. Its very rewarding and fulfilling in many ways. I work with great people, plus my boss is decent. How rare is that?!

    Thanks again! You take care, my friend. I will visit often. : )

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    Lindsay Godfree 8 years ago from Arizona

    Great hub! I good resume is very important and Point 5 is the best advice. Finding specific ways to show yourself to be the best person for the job will get you an interview. Thank you so much for the link to my article! (I have successed in getting many jobs in my life...if only I did not get bored with them....)

  • Cheeky Girl profile image

    Cassandra Mantis 8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    @ Tammy Lochmann: Thanks for this, Tammy! Always a pleasure to see you here! Got another one to publish tonight. Take care! : )

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    Tammy Lochmann 8 years ago

    Great advice I will bookmark and share!

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    Cassandra Mantis 8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    @ prettydarkhorse: Yup, lies don't work in a cv. I kid you not. People can get the jobs but they got to be honest! Thanks for the comments, Maita! Have a good weekend! : )

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    prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

    best advices Cheeky my girl, don't lie, a BIG no no, Thank you and enjoy weekend, Maita

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    Cassandra Mantis 8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    @ Tina V: Its great to get your comments here. I know you know a lot about this subject. Yes, people really ought to know better than to just go making stuff up and hoping interviewers or firms won't notice. Thanks for this, Tina. You have a good weekend too, my friend.

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    TINA V 8 years ago

    HR does the preliminary screening of the comprehensive vitae (CV) or resume of an applicant. You are right Cheeky Girl. If the layout is not clear, it might not be noticeable and it might end up last in the list. You also made your point of not lying in their resume. This is really true. I hope job seekers would understand its importance.

    Let's keep on writing articles that are informative and helpful to our readers. Keep up the good work!

    Have a great weekend!

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    Cassandra Mantis 8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    @ maheshpatwal: Thanks for the comments, my friend. Your mentioning of this is the main reason I wrote the hub. People do need those helping pointers. Plus I have friends who have been unlucky in being laid off or let go, recently - and are looking for work, so it's a constant theme amongst our table talk when we all dine together! Cheers!

    @ dohn121: Hy dohn. It's always good to see your comments here. I'm glad you were "put right" about your resume. We call them CV over here, just to confuse the hell out of our American friends! Anyway, if you are ever job hunting -best of luck! If ordinary work doesn't pan out, then take up writing full time on the web, you are great at it. Just put those sexy pics in there and you're made! LOL!

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    dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

    I've always been told that my resume will get me the interview (with the job in question) and that the interview will get me the job. Great work on outlining some great points in presenting and writing a CV.

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    maheshpatwal 8 years ago from MUMBAI

    All the points mentioned above are very common sense points but most of the time we forget these small small points which could prove a nightmare for the interviewee.........

    Hope i wont forget the last point...... nicely written hub................


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