How to create a CV that stands out

1. Tailor your CV to make it relevant to the job you're applying for. Avoid having a one-stop shop CV. Make it clear that you're perfect for the specific job you're applying for.

2. Give it some personality! There are awesome examples of people going above and beyond with their CVs, from printing it on a cake, to brewing a beer and putting the CV on the packaging. An outrageous CV might not be suited to all jobs but if the opportunity presents itself, go for it.    

3. Check, double check and triple check your spelling and grammar. It's not a good look to get the name of the job or company wrong and could see your CV being put into the "no" pile.

4. Keep it short and sweet. Ask yourself: "is my CV intriguing enough to make an employer want to call me to ask for more information?"

5. Use examples that highlight your talents. "Good communication skills" is OK, but adding something specific like "I write a blog with 500 followers" is much better.

6. Regularly update your CV as you gain more skills and knowledge. That way it's ready to go when your dream job is advertised. You can also save your CV on Trade Me in your CVs and documents folder which is really handy for when you're applying for jobs.