Well where do I start…..
Having been on both sides of this I wanted to share some of my thoughts on why CV’s don’t get progressed further!
Did you know that a according to theundercoverrecruiter.com, a recruitment consultant looks at a CV for an average of 5-7 seconds?
Your CV is the first impression recruiters get of you, getting it right is incredibly important, be your own ambassador and show off what you can do!
Just yesterday I opened a CV for a role I am working on; there wasn’t a single piece of evidence in the CV to suggest that the candidate would be suitable for the vacancy he had applied for! I emailed him asking to detail his relevant skills, qualifications or experience and was quite shocked that he was qualified for the vacancy but simply hadn’t put this into his CV!
Quite often with the volume of CV’s that recruiters receive they aren’t able to contact candidates like this one and only consider the CV’s where the relevant information can be picked out easily. Use the job description from the role you are applying for as a content guide to ensure you have the relevant information covered.
So how can you make your CV stand out?
You don’t have to be an experienced writer to compose a successful CV, you simply need to make the relevant information stand out easily, bullet points are always a good way to make your key skills easy to find and keeps the CV looking clean and precise.
Keep it short and to the point, it is nice to have an opening line about yourself but you really don’t need to write an essay! The person reading it will lose interest and in some cases not look any further than that.
Proof read, proof read again and then, get someone else to proof read it! I am still amazed by the amount of spelling mistakes, doubled up words and silly errors I find in CV’s.
I am not a copy writer, I have issues with spelling and do use my spell checker more often than not, but even that gets it wrong sometimes! It is always a good idea to have fresh eyes on it because you will automatically read what it is supposed to say and not pick out the missed word etc.
I have seen some bizarre photos on CV’s too, my favourite was a professionally taken photo, and the back drop was the sort I had for my children when they were toddlers….. Fluffy clouds and stars all finished in pastel colours….. Do I need to say any more!? It really doesn’t benefit you having a photo on your CV even if it is a beautiful picture! If I progress your application further, I will take the photo off of your CV before I pass it to my client!
If you aren’t sure your CV is working for you there are many sites that can offer free advice, try http://www.thecvstore.net/ you can also get some good hints and tips from the DirectGov website: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/getajob/cvs/Pages/default.aspx