PART FOUR – Are you losing potential employers attention with too many or too few details in your CV?
Details, details, details…. How many is too many?
“I explained in detail in my CV how I was involved in the …… and what went on with the …. and into the ……. and how the …….”.
Boring, boring, boring NONSENSE! You don’t want to blind the recruitment person or potential employer with science, or lose their attention with long-winded waffle.
However YES. If it actually is important, you should mention it, but in a clear and concise way.
ACTION: Keep it short, simple and sweet, try cutting out all the ‘I’, ‘am’, ‘we’, ‘and’ words, as well as other unnecessary space takers and long complicated sentences. You ideally want to keep your CV to 4-5 pages so just use bullet points and key words. Think KISS!
ACTION: Do include all your significant achievements in the appropriate places but bullet point’s work for these too! NOTE: 'Significant achievements' are not just doing the basic job you've been employed for - think about it.
Or maybe you’ve been guilty of not enough details….
“I have used a ….., but didn’t mention that of course, as they should know all Managers know that”.
NONSENSE! Don’t assume your job responsibilities are obvious, or even the same as the next person with the same job title. Don’t assume that whoever is screening applications knows that you know – more than likely they don’t know! In fact they may not even know that you need to know that. Heck they may not even know what they are recruiting for themselves! How often do we see the inexperienced receptionist, on minimum wage given the responsibility of screening and short-listing CV’s? (Far too often is the answer - when they could outsource the task to a Recruiter who does it day in and day out and saves money and hassle in the long run – but that’s another story!)
ACTION: Make it obvious how you tick all the boxes plus some! Have a ‘Key Transferable Skills’ section at the start of your CV listing exactly how you meet all the requirements and include the programmes and software you have used and the training you may have completed as well as those key words that relate to the job ad. Use those bullet points again!
ACTION: Include the relevant information under the relevant jobs in your work history – employers want to see where you’ve actually put all the things you say you can do into action.
Watch this space for PART FIVE ‘Star Tips for CV’s and Interviews’
If you do need help with a CV and Career Consultation then get in contact with Kirsty Morrison. She has spent years determining candidates background and career direction and making it clear to employers why they should be interviewed. Primarily working closely with Employers to source their next skilled and talented personnel, Kirsty has also been responsible for getting many candidates into positions where they may have been overlooked otherwise. Just ask some of the top Managers in the Bay of Plenty who helped them get where they are now…