How to Sell Yourself on a CV

Hiring managers today receive hundreds of applications for every job position they have open, which makes it impossible for them to read them all.


On average, they spend 7 seconds on each one before they decide whether they want to keep on reading, or discard it.

That’s why it is essential to sell yourself, and do it well and fast.

But that’s easier said than done.

How exactly are you supposed to sell yourself through your CV, and do it well enough in these 7 seconds, so that you will keep the hiring manager’s attention.

We got you covered, in this article we are going to find out:

  • How to sell yourself on a CV?

  • How NOT to sell yourself on a CV?

And if you are going to do it, you’d better do it right.

But first, let’s see all the crucial dos and don'ts for selling yourself on a CV.

How to sell yourself on a CV?

If you want to sell yourself on a CV, a good design is a great start, but it won’t get you the job. Let’s dig a little deeper.

Make a good first impression

The top part of your CV is usually the turning point for most hiring managers, and that’s where they will decide whether they would like to keep on reading, or not.

In that part of your CV, you should have:

  • Header

  • CV Summary

Your header should include your full name and contact information.

Make sure your name is written in a larger font than anything else on your CV, as that’s what you are selling, don’t let the hiring manager forget that.

You absolutely must include two things:

  • Phone number – make sure you provide one that is always on you, so that you would be able to answer a potential call from a hiring manager

  • Email address – it should be professional, the best way to go is use an email provider like Gmail, and stick to a format that includes your names, like “ firstname.lastname@gmail.com

A great addition to your contact information can be:

  • An address – it is not mandatory, but you should include it, if the job listing requires it. Make sure you stick to just state and city, anything more than that is not needed

  • LinkedIn profile – that’s a great addition to your CV, as it can show the hiring manager some more additional information later on. If you don’t have one, you should consider creating it

  • Personal website or portfolio – that only applies to some job positions, and you should only include it if it is relevant, and you have something to show with it

As for the CV summary, that’s the place you need to summarize everything you want to present to the hiring manager with your application.

It should have your greatest accomplishments, as well as expertise and skill set.

An important thing to be extra careful about here is not to make it too long. It is a lot of information, but more than 2-3 sentences is already too much.

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