Is a well-written and informative Curriculum Vitae important to an Employers selection process?
Of course it is! Even the few employers who say they recruit on ‘gut instinct’ aren’t going to do so unless they meet you – and most of the time they aren’t going to meet you unless you make it past the dozens of other applications they may have received.
Constantly I hear jobseekers say things along the lines of; “If only they had interviewed me the job would have been mine”. Sometimes I honestly want to reply; “Nonsense – the competitions tough and others could be a better match in qualifications, skills, experience and team fit….”
However, other times I do agree. They seem a prime candidate for the job! If so, why didn’t they get an interview?
Simply a bad recruiter who didn't know what to look for? Yes that does happen. But from my experience I've seen that nine times out of ten it comes down to a poorly put together CV.
So over the next few weeks I'm going to talk about the Common CV Mistakes, Bad Advice and Misinterpretations I come across on a daily basis whilst recruiting for my clients or giving a career and CV consultation to a candidate.
PART ONE Only List Your Recent Experience. Well Really?
“I’ve been told to include only the last 3 jobs or 8 years of work experience”.
NONSENSE! And risk leaving out something relevant to the job requirements? Employers want a complete snapshot of your work history to date. They want to see exactly where you have accumulated relevant skills and experience. For example if you are applying for a Sales job but have listed the part time Admin roles you've been doing for the last eight years whilst bringing up your children - well you'll be doing yourself an injustice by leaving the sales related information out won't you? This is obvious you say, but I see it happen all the time! And sadly its often because they’ve been ‘told’ that this is what to do.
ACTION: Include all your past and present jobs, putting more emphasis on the relevant roles and less on others. Make sure you use the key words to describe each positions responsibilities and achievements and use bullet points for ease of reading.
Watch this space for PART TWO – another misconception that ‘Brief is Better’ when it comes to CV’s.
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