How to Optimize Your CV for Better Visibility and Results
1. Prioritize the Top of Your CV
a. Display your name prominently at the top, using a bold and larger font, and center-align it on the page
b. Include essential personal details right below your name:
i. Your complete home address – indicate your willingness to relocate if necessary and relevance to the job
ii. A personal mobile number for easy contact
iii. A professional personal e-mail address – avoid using your current work e-mail or unprofessional usernames
iv. A link to your polished LinkedIn profile
2. Mention Nationality or Work Visa Status
If you are eligible to work without restrictions in the target country, include your nationality or visa status on your cv. This information can alleviate potential concerns about visa sponsorship.
3. Craft a Compelling Personal Statement
a. Position your personal statement right below your contact details and before your work experience section. This statement is often the first thing recruiters or hiring managers read, so make it engaging and informative. Aim for 4-8 lines that summarize your personality, motivations, and accomplishments, enticing the reader to explore the rest of your CV.
b. Skip the cover letter – it’s becoming increasingly less common. Instead, invest your efforts in perfecting your personal statement and the e-mail content when submitting your CV.
c. When applying directly to a company or through a recruiter, write a concise e-mail “sales pitch” that highlights your key skills relevant to the role. This approach increases the likelihood that the recruiter or hiring manager will read your CV.