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Woman claims ‘game-changing’ CV hack will land you your dream job


Could this be the secret to getting a new job? (Picture: Jam Press)

Sending your CV to a recruiter is usually the first step towards getting your dream job, but one woman went one step further by finding a ‘hack’ to make her resume stand out above the rest.

When Ashleigh Spiliopoulou, from London, realised she wanted to leave her last job, she looked into PR as her next career step and found a company that fit all her requirements.

However, there was one problem – they had no active job listings. 

But this didn’t deter the 25-year-old who decided to take matters into her own hands.

Ashleigh re-designed her CV to look just like the website of Emerge, a London-based PR firm, and reached out to the founder – and it worked.

After getting the job, she’s now sharing the hack on TikTok and is encouraging others to follow suit.

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‘My subject line was my name and then it was dash “proposal to hustle”’, she said in her TikTok video.

‘I just sent an email and I was like, “Look, I know you’re not hiring, but I am so passionate about what you guys do. I love the ethos of your company; here’s why I would be amazing to work for you, and here’s why I really believe that you should hire me.’”

‘I decided that re-designing a CV in the style of Emerge branding would demonstrate my commitment and cut through the noise of a busy inbox.

‘Really bringing to life my passion, enthusiasm, ability to think outside the box and go the extra mile.’

She designed her CV to look like the company’s website (Picture: Jam Press/@ashspili)

The company founder invited Ashleigh for an informal chat and said she could ‘make seats at the table for people’ with Ashleigh’s attitude.

Ashleigh was eventually offered a job that changed her life. 

In the clip, Ashleigh urges people not to ‘wait’ for their dream job listing.

Talking to the camera, she says: ‘I feel like so many of my friends when they get in this situation [they’re] like, “Oh, I’ll just keep an eye out for when jobs come up.” No, don’t wait!

‘I love my job so much. I go to work every day, and I’m so inspired by the people around me, and this can happen to you as well.’

Can redesigning your CV for a specific company help?

Employment experts have mixed views on whether this hack can help – and when to use it.

Molly Johnson-Jones is the CEO and co-founder of Flexa, a platform where companies with flexible working opportunities can post job vacancies.

She said that while tailoring your CV might help you get employed at the company, there’s a lot more thought that goes into the employment process as a whole.

‘Employers want to hear from diverse candidates that will bring new experiences and ideas to the table,’ she says.

Employment experts have mixed feelings about the hack (Picture: Getty Images)

‘So don’t just turn your CV into a mirror to hold up to your dream company. Make sure you’re also showcasing what you uniquely have to offer prospective employers, including your skills, expertise, values and interests.’

Instead, she suggests using LinkedIn to get noticed by companies that aren’t necessarily hiring. You can catch their eye by posting and re-sharing news and posts that’s relevant to their field.

However, Khyati Sundaram, CEO of ethical AI hiring experts Applied and a LinkedIn Top Voice says that times are changing, and companies ‘shouldn’t accept CVs at all – whether they’re hiring at the time or not.’

She added: ‘Anything from names to postcodes on CVs can trigger bias and disadvantage marginalised candidates.’

Khyati offered a possible alternative to a re-designed CV. ‘There’s nothing wrong with sending them a personalised email, expressing your interest in hearing about roles when they do come up, and arranging a more casual chat with someone on the team in the meantime.’

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