We are back to talking about that holy grail of documents today; the perfect CV. It seems so complicated to get it right and yet it is so imperative that you do. After all, there is absolutely no point sending a CV to someone for it just to go directly to their ‘no’ pile. It is a waste of your time and effort. So, taking the time and paying attention to your creation in the design phase is probably the best use of your energy.
We have talked about perfect CVs and how to create them, but what does a Hiring Manager (or recruiter) see. Well, let’s start by saying about the quantity that we see. When I was a recruiter I saw 300 CVs on the average day. Do you know how long it takes to open 300 emails? Let alone read every one and interpret them by reading between the lines.
So, a hiring manager is typically looking to make their first shortlist quickly. Your CV will be speed read, so it is imperative that your relevant experience is on the front page. Putting a whole tranche of educational information and qualifications on the front page is a mistake. It would be like talking about the boot capacity and the tyres on the cover of a car brochure. Your front page needs to be a summary of your relevant skills and experience followed by your professional / job history; current job first, working backwards, so someone only sees your part-time paper round whilst you were still in sixth-form if they get that far and want to know you better
Often your CV will be sifted for the relevant pile by an administrative assistant or someone from HR who will not know the ins and outs of your job and won’t be able to read between the lines. Also, job titles mean different things to different organisations so explain what you do in full and list your achievements.
When you supply a list of anything you might as well type blah blah blah. If I say to you typing, WordPress and articles what does that mean to you? That’s right; nothing! It doesn’t say what I do with them, how competent I am or if I am indeed competent at all. If I say to you; ‘I type at 60wpm, I am proficient at WordPress. I can manage it from day-to-day, change themes and adapt widgets and plug-ins and I write articles of approximately 700 words which mostly earn me expert author status on Ezine Articles (I’ve attached three for your consideration), that probably tells you something significant about me. Do you see how you can make that kind of difference in your CV?
Try to make sure all of your information is self-explanatory, even if that means leaving out some of the things you currently detail and include additional information on other items. It is better to say more about the things that are relevant and make it a document that speaks for itself than to be vague about a hundred things and try to demonstrate that you can do a multitude of tasks and have diverse experience. When a hiring manager is looking for xyz they want to know what you can do with xyz, not necessarily that you can recite the entire alphabet.
Become an expert in your field, rather than a Jack (or Jill) of all trades. It won’t get you noticed, it will get you deselected.
Your CV is your own personal marketing brochure; make it great, make it count, make it portray you as the person to call for interview!
Are you frustrated sending your CV out and never hearing back from anyone? Are you really good at what you do but just can’t get any interviews? Is it sometimes difficult to know what else you can do? Do you just wish you could get in front of someone so they could see how great you are for the job?
There’s nothing wrong with you. It just takes a different type of CV to grab their attention and having it written and prepared by someone that has done it successfully thousands of times before. When your CV speaks for itself the interviews will start; allowing you to do the rest. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to chat and we’ll see if we can help!