September 22, 2017
As the glow of summer holidays starts to fade, many workers will find themselves looking to beat the back-to-work blues with a brand new job.
Data released by LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network, reveals that September marks a spike in the number of people searching and applying for jobs.
Figures from 2016 show how some 300,000 LinkedIn members started a new role in the month of September alone.
But while canny employers respond to this demand by listing vacancies in September, the increased competition makes it that much more difficult for a CV to stand out from the crowd. 
Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, LinkedIn career expert Darain Faraz shared his five top tips for updating your online profile or hard copy CV...

How to make your CV stand out from the crowd


Practise your pose

Employers like to put a face to a name and having a good quality professional photo on your CV will guarantee it stands out.
LinkedIn profiles with a photo receive nine times more connection requests and 21 times more profile views than those without, data reveals.
But you don't need to hire a professional photographer to get a great photo, according to Mr Faraz.
And even a smart phone selfie can work wonders.
'The advent of quality cameras built into our smartphones has made creating that perfect professional shot almost fool-proof,' he said. 

How to make your CV stand out from the crowd


Avoid buzzwords (and get others to talk for you)

Team player' and 'track record' are just a couple of the buzzwords and phrases that can turn off potential employers so avoid using them, Mr Faraz warned.
Instead set yourself apart by having colleagues, clients or former bosses sing your praises.
'Mr Faraz said: 'Whether it's a recommendation from a previous employer, colleague or mutual connection, credible endorsements from others speak volumes and will help your profile stand out.'

Always keep your CV updated
Many workers make the mistake of only updating their online profile or CV when they are looking for a new job but you should treat it as a 'living document so you're ready to jump on opportunities and make new connections as they arise', Mr Faraz said.

Also bear in mind the timing of your application.
Monday and Tuesday are the busiest days of the week for people viewing and applying for jobs on LinkedIn, and at this time of year the number of jobs posted will be at an all-time high as businesses look to attract those on the post-holiday job hunt. 

Work your network

Mr Faraz said: 'Don't underestimate the power of who you know. You might not think it, but you'll already have a wealth of contacts that could help you advance your career.
'Grow your professional network by connecting with friends, acquaintances and old colleagues to open doors to new opportunities.'
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