Although a CV is a professional document, it's still important to get your personality across. Below we explain some top ways to do this.
There’s so much advice out there when it comes to writing a great CV. From keeping the document to a maximum of two pages and highlighting your achievements to only listing the experience that’s relevant to the job you’re applying for.
Something people often forget to mention however, is the importance of showing off who you are as a person. While it is of course wise to remember that a CV is a professional document, it’s also worth bearing in mind that this is the first, and possibly only opportunity you have to impress.
Yes, employers want to know that you have the right qualifications but they also need to be sure that you’re going to be the right cultural fit.
How to show off your personality on your CV
It’s unlikely that a future employer wants to know what your favourite TV show is but they do want to get some kind of an inkling of who you are as a person. Below we share some great ways to show off your personality while remaining professional.
Think outside the box
When thinking of words to describe yourself, think outside the box. Try to avoid all the classic recruitment clichés such as what a great communicator you are or how fantastic your organisational skills are. Everyone says this which means these phrases are like wallpaper to recruiters – you’re just going to blend in with the hundreds of other applicants.
Think carefully about who you are and what you bring and then be bold in expressing your personal qualities. Give recruiters something original to engage with.
Include your hobbies
There’s an increasing focus on company culture and organisations are working hard to get this right.
As a result, skills and experience are no longer the only factors which are taken into consideration when vetting candidates. It’s important to demonstrate your personality as employers are more likely to take on like-minded people. Your interests and hobbies do of course play a big part in this so don’t be afraid to list them.
Beware however, there is a balance. A short paragraph or list of your extra-curricular activities will do. If you write two pages describing the role you play as part of a band, it’s going to be obvious where your real passion lies.
Pick up the phone
In a world where everything is done online, it’s fair to say that many of us have become averse to picking up the phone. As hard as you may try however, it’s always going to be difficult to get your true personality across over a piece of paper.
If you’ve seen a job you like the look of, give the recruiter a call. Let them know you’re keen to learn more about the role and that you’ll be sending your CV over. As well as standing out before you’ve even applied to the job, it’s a great way to build relationships with recruitment agencies. The added benefit of this is that even if you’re not right for that role in particular, they may have others you’re more suited to.
If you would like help perfecting your CV, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Alpha. We offer a CV writing service where we can re-write your resume as well as put together a cover letter. You can also join one of our courses which includes CV writing, interview advice and much more.