Making a job application should be easy, right! You used to send off your CV with a covering letter and a week or two later the call would come with interview dates and times. Not any more. You send your CV off and …. nothing at all. Start by being more choosy about your applications

‘The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form’ ~ Stanley J Randall


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Go back to the drawing board with your CV. Have a go at writing a new one from scratch. When you amend the original it is so tempting to see bullet points you like and although they are not strictly relevant, because you like them, you leave them in. Using either ‘Creating a Targeted CV’ if you know the exact role in a specific company that you are applying to, or ‘Generally This CV Works’ if you have a job title and want to send it in multiple directions, sit down with a blank sheet of paper and start your CV from scratch. You might be amazed what you write in contrast to the one you were using.


When a company is hiring they are doing it for a business purpose. We need to have a Head of Marketing so that our company continues to be promoted, we remain in our client and prospects focus and gain new opportunities to generate revenue. This is an easy one to see; we all know that without revenue a company falls into decline. What if you work in the post room?


When the job spec from the company looks like the left hand column and the CV you submit looks like the right hand column you look a great match. You might have done many other things that you are more proud of or would typically list but this is not about what you think about you. This is about what they will think about you. If the company wants what is on the left and you submit a list that doesn’t reflect that in any way, shape or form, the fact that you have done all of the things in the right hand column will not even be clear to them. They will not be able to read between the lines that you don’t write and they won’t be psychic enough to work it out. Make it obvious. It is your job to make their job of hiring you easy.

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