CV Secrets: How to Stand Out
In Denmark it takes something special in order to get your CV noticed, here 6 tips to get you noticed!
Your CV is the perfect way to present your achievements, education and work experience. You need a CV, that will help you stand out from the crowd, without being too OTT.
So, how do you make your CV stand out? Below, some helpful tips:
Don’t be fooled into thinking that 7 pages, show’s great achievement, no this simply shows you cannot summarise your achievements or identify your key assets. If your CV is too long, it simply gets over looked, as the reader doesn’t have time to read through 4 pages to see if you have the correct attributes they are seeking. Maximum 2 pages.
Here in Denmark it is customary to include a small picture of yourself, on the front page. It should be a professional photo. Selfie’s are ok, as long as you aren’t holding an ice-cream or stood with someone, and remember to look friendly and approachable.
Template / Design
Making your CV stand out for the wrong reasons, is dangerous. No floral designs or food backgrounds (yes, I received this once)! Denmark is about subtleties, so choose a CV template that highlights your assets, is easy to read and to navigate (if there’s columns make sure you can easily read, left to right).
Denmark has a very good welfare system and for students and others that find themselves unemployed, they receive unemployment benefit (dagpenge).
The state requires that applications are sent weekly, to show that they have applied for a certain number of jobs, otherwise they are at risk of loosing the unemployment benefit (dagpenge). You therefore have to show the recruiter, that you have read the job description and that you are actually applying for THAT SPECIFIC JOB, because you want it, not simply as part of your 4 that week.
The point above is the reason why, it is imperative that you tailor your CV to each specific job. If you have a text at the top, that describes your key features, then adapt it to the job. If you have work experience specific to the job, then highlight it.
Grades are not that important. The education system here is free, so many have higher education certificates. It is therefore imperative, that you sell yourself on what you can offer the organisation, instead of what you have previously scored at university.
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