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It’s a new year, which means a new you – and perhaps a new job.

Experts say the start of a new year is a good time to start the arduous search for new employment, and January is also often one of the busiest months for recruiters as people return to work fresh from the festive break.

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But it can be a daunting experience, littered with conflicting dos and donts from all sides – and in a a competitive jobs market you really need something that will make you stand out from the crowd.

So how do you get yourself noticed – and how will you scoop your dream job?

Your CV is a good place to start, but job seekers often fall down at this first and most crucial hurdle.

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Keep the format simple and short – and stick to the highlights.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of jobs website CV-Library, says recruiters are time-poor, so don’t include hobbies, interests or references for the sake of it.

He advises you to keep it short and sweet and remember the most important information lies in your education and experience.

Your choice of font and layout are key to making sure a would-be employer carries on reading your CV. Simple formats work best.

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Avoid jargon and buzzwords.

It can be tempting to chuck in what we consider to be great personality traits, for example – team player, passionate, motivated – you get the drift.

But recruiters have seen it all before. Avoid using clichés, and while it can be helpful to use industry terms and acronyms, avoid littering your CV with buzzwords and jargon that in reality add no value.

Stand out and sell yourself.

Jobs website says your CV should demonstrate your unique blend of skills and experience.

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Make sure you include examples of commercial success, problem resolution or management achievements and don’t be shy about showing off your skills and experience.

Don‘t be generic.

Work out who or which industry sector your CV is destined for and tailor it to highlight the right aspects of your experience for them.

If you’re applying for a range of roles then have different CVs for each one that shows relevant experience in the best light.

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Check, check and check again.

Avoid errors at all costs. This sounds like an obvious one but so many candidates fall at this hurdle. This means spelling mistakes, dates which conflict with one another and incorrect email address and phone number.

Update regularly.

Firing off an old CV will look unprofessional, so make sure that yours is regularly updated so you can response to jobs as you spot them.

Use a template.

By following a CV template you are not restricting the way in which you can express yourself, but you will find that your CV becomes easier to read and covers all the most important aspects of your work history.

Andy Sumner, CEO of, said: ‘In this increasingly digital world it’s important to remember that potential employees are certain to look wider than your CV in the early stages of vetting.

‘You don’t want a quick google search or social media scan to undo all the good work your CV does.

‘Ill-advised posts from the distant past are unlikely to cause problems because most employers will look only at recent online activity; Professionalising your online activity for a few weeks is usually enough.

‘Employers will also be looking for a good cultural fit and often a Google search will help a recruiter build up a profile of a potential candidate alongside their CV.

‘Social media can be a powerful tool to help build a personal brand and make a candidate really attractive to an employer.

‘Candidates should think about what they use each channel for – whether personal or professional – to build the profile that’s attractive to employers and matches their CV.’

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