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Writing a successful CV in 2023 might sound like a daunting task. There are a lot of job vacancies but competition is fierce. A lot has changed and continues to change in the world of recruitment too. New hiring techniques and different candidate requirements post-pandemic have caused a seismic shift towards flexible and remote working. With the ever-evolving job market, it is essential to stay up-to-date with the most effective CV writing techniques. In this blog post, we will explore five important things to consider when crafting your CV in 2023: using keywords, formatting, and showcasing your accomplishments. 

#1 Using Keywords 

Keywords are words or phrases associated with a job description or industry and they help recruiters match you to a job. They help hiring managers quickly identify whether or not you are a match. The average hiring professional with spend just six to eight seconds scanning through to determine whether or not the candidate is right for the role. It is, therefore, important to focus on using keywords when writing your CV in 2023. When crafting your CV, be sure to review the job description, research the industry and include all relevant keywords that highlight your skills and experiences.

#2 Formatting 

This isn’t a new one but it is worth revisiting. Formatting is  a really important element of your CV.  Your CV should be easy to read and well organized. Be sure to use headings and subheadings to break up the text and highlight important information.

Moreover, make sure that your contact information is clearly visible at the top of the page. This will make it easier for recruiters and hiring managers to contact you. 

Using bullet points to summarise key experience is a good way to pack information in an easy -to -read format. Keep to simple fonts and layouts. Let your experience and skills do the talking. 

 

#3 Showcasing Your Accomplishments

It is important to showcase accomplishments in your CV. Rather than simply listing your experiences and skills, be sure to include any successes you have had in your past positions. This can help you stand out from other applicants and provide a more comprehensive view of your abilities.  This means highlighting the output of your duties, rather than the duties themselves in your work history.  

  • Focus on offering proof of your qualifications by including specific examples, figures or case studies that illustrate your abilities. 
  • Wherever possible, quantify your contributions and achievements to show the value you’ve created for your past employers. For example, have you helped to reduce costs, eliminate bottlenecks, increase productivity, drive more revenue, or improve operations?  
  • Did you meet or exceed your project goals or complete a project on time, ahead of schedule or under budget? Have you received any awards or special recognition for your performance?  

These are the types of information you want to present in the bullet points within your work history. This component of your CV is important because recruiters gauge your potential based on how you performed in previous roles. 

#4 Most Requested Skills 

These are the top five requested skills (in descending order):

  • Adaptability and flexibility 
  • Communication 
  • Critical thinking and problem solving 
  • Collaboration and teamwork 
  • Time management 

Most employers are looking for all of these skills in digital marketing and ad agencies. Demonstrating you have these skills will help you in your job search – this is especially useful to know if you are trying to move into digital marketing from another industry or if you are a new graduate and have limited work experience.

#5 Use Social Media To Your Advantage

More than ever, recruiters and hiring managers are using social media to help in their selection of candidates to invite to interview.  So, you should include links to relevant social media accounts. For example, you might wish to include the details of your LinkedIn profile and Instagram accounts alongside your contact information. Just make sure that whichever profiles you link to.

Just make sure you ensure these are up to date and that they don’t contain any inappropriate or unprofessional content. A social media audit is a must!

If you have a side hustle or profile related to your passions and hobbies, it might be better to link to those accounts rather than simply give your personal accounts. 

Now, Put It Into Action!

Crafting a successful CV in 2023 requires a combination of up-to-date techniques and strategies. By focusing on using keywords, formatting, and showcasing your accomplishments, you can ensure that your CV stands out from the rest. You will need to tailor your CV for each job you apply for, but if you get a good template set up using the tips above this shouldn’t take you too long. Good luck out there!

For the latest in digital marketing and ad agency jobs, head to Dotgap now to browse or get in touch. We are ex-agency ourselves and so we understand the industry better than anyone and are committed to helping you find your dream job.

 

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