PART TWO Brief is better in a CV - or is it?
“I’ve been told to not give it all away at the start” or “to just tease employers enough with a brief CV so they will want to find out more”….
NONSENSE! Yes, clear and concise is better - but you do still need to explain what you have done and where. Employers aren’t going to progress with someone whose CV has too many gaps and guesses – more likely it will just end up in the ‘too hard’ basket. Whereas the CV’s that are an obvious match providing all the information needed will make it through the shortlisting process.
ACTION: List all dates, employers, job titles, roles, responsibilities and achievements and your reasons for leaving. Don't leave anything significant out - especially any skills and experiences that are relevant or transferable into the role.
Explain why you are applying for the role - even if you think it is obvious you should spell out why you are a match, e.g. if you haven't had that particular job title or used that particular programme, then explain what roles you have had or programmes you have used that are similar.
Don't worry, employers will still have more than enough questions to ask you in an interview - but if other candidates provide more comprehensive CV's then you just might never get that chance to elaborate.
So do it right from the start.
Watch this space for PART THREE – ‘is a Cover Letter more important than your CV?’