articles, March 28, 2024

Tailoring Your CV to Get Hired

Diana Bulgakova | Recruiter at Coherent Solutions

Tailoring Your CV to Get Hired

In today’s competitive job market, a well-crafted resume can be your ticket to success. Statistics show that recruiters typically spend an average of 10-15 seconds reviewing a CV. This means you have a mere 15 seconds to capture their attention and enhance your chances of getting hired.

Let’s explore some strategies to create a standout resume!

1) Strive for conciseness and clarity

Your resume should fit on 1-2 pages and efficiently showcase your skills and experience relevant to the position you are applying for.

Focus on the experience and professional skills that are relevant to the position you are applying for.

If you wish to share your hobbies or personal skills, choose those that highlight your strengths and help the recruiter see that you are the perfect fit for the job.

2) Make sure to tailor your resume for specific job posting

Take a few minutes to edit your resume, highlighting skills and experience relevant to the job requirements.

Recruiters search for specific skills and experience when they receive resumes. Therefore, it’s important that these aspects are emphasized and highlighted prominently.

You may have valuable experience or skills that could otherwise go unnoticed, so highlight them prominently and attractively, for instance, in the summary section or using a different font to make them easily identifiable within the text.

3) Remember to highlight your accomplishments

Ensure your resume includes information about your achievements. Describe specific actions taken and responsibilities held.

Remember that your resume is an opportunity to showcase your professional accomplishments. Share your successes and provide examples to demonstrate your value as a professional.


Here are some examples that can help:

Incorrect: “I developed new product functionality.”

Correct: “I designed and implemented new functionality, increasing product performance by 30%.”

Incorrect: “I improved code performance.”

Correct: “I optimized the code, reducing application loading time from 8 seconds to 2 seconds, resulting in a 25% increase in user satisfaction.”

4) Specify your English level

When indicating your proficiency in English in your resume, it is recommended to use standard terms to assess your skills. You can specify levels according to the European scale (A1-C2) or the International scale (Elementary-Proficiency) to enable employers to more accurately assess your English level.

You can also add a brief comment on how you evaluate your English language skills, which will provide more comprehensive information.

For example, “Conversational and written English at an Intermediate level (B2), actively used in work and daily life; communicate with clients in daily meetings; communicate and correspond daily with the team in English.”

5) Properly format your resume

Ensure that all text adheres to a consistent style.

Simple and minimalist color schemes can often be the most effective.

Highlight key sections with indentation, clear headings, and text emphasis.

Use paragraphs, bullet points, or numbered lists to make the text more readable and accessible.

As you fine-tune your resume, remember that every line represents a step toward your goal. Each achievement contributes to your unique experiences and talents. Keep pushing forward, and soon, you’ll be writing the next chapter of your success.

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