Expert advice: How to make your CV stand out

As part of our new Sunday Series, every week we bring you a new expert advice column to make the most of your life in Abu Dhabi. This week, Chris Greaves, managing director at Hays Gulf Region, tells us how to make your CV stand out from the crowd when searching for a new job. 

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Your CV is an essential component to your job search as it is the document that sells you, brands you and markets you to companies. Research has shown that hiring managers take just six seconds to review a CV and make an opinion about an applicant.

On top of this, the UAE is a notoriously competitive region for job seekers as tax-free salaries attract a growing number of candidates to the market every year.

To stand out from the crowd, you need to tailor your CV so that the most relevant information is as accessible and prominent as possible and presented in a clean and straightforward format.

Of greatest importance are your personal introduction, work experience and qualifications.

The introduction should briefly outline your career objectives and key skills that match you to the role. Past work experience should include the name of the company, the position you held, how long you were there for and key bullets detailing responsibilities relevant to the role that you are applying to.

It is also a good idea to add here any achievements that can back up your work as this demonstrates the value that you can bring to the role. Your qualifications can be included in a simple listed format that is easily digestible.

Overall, relevance is key. Your CV must be tailored to every job application that you make and should not include images, graphs or colour blocks. Do not embellish any facts as this will catch you out in the long run.

Finally, make sure that it looks professional and that there are no spelling or punctuation errors; ­just one mistake can result in an unsuccessful application.

For more information from Chris, and guidance on job searching and job posting from Hays, visit: hays.ae

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