There’s a lot hanging on the success of your CV. Most people appreciate how important their CV is when they apply for jobs. So why do people find them so difficult to write? In the previous Blog: Do You Want to Know the Big 4 CV Mistakes, I outlined the 4 mistakes people often make when they write their CVs. These same 4 things also help us understand why people find it hard to write their CVs. Let’s take a look at them again and some of the questions people often ask me:
Format: What is a good way to format a CV? Do I use colour? What font will work best? What size should the font be?
Information: What do I put in? What do I leave out? What personal information do I include? Should I include my photo?
Relevance: Should I put everything in? What about jobs I had a long time ago? How relevant is my training?
Length: Does the number of pages matter? I have a lot of really important information-why can’t I leave it all in?
So what do you need to know? Some really important information for you:
It’s very hard to rate a prospective candidate well for a job, when they have submitted a poorly presented and formatted CV.
Recruiters will only briefly skim over each CV the first time round. By ‘Brief’ I’m talking about roughly 20 seconds per CV.
Details matter. Length matters. Inappropriate information matters.
Look at your CV and ask yourself:
- Is it in a format that will serve you well if you need to use it tomorrow?
- Is your information up to date?
- Does your ‘Skills’ section give a true representation of the value you might bring to any future role?
- Would it get a big tick for Format, Information, Relevance and Length?
It’s CV month at Career Clinic
If you are job searching of changing jobs, and you need help to shape up good cover letters and CVs, then book in some coaching sessions with me. I’ll help you work out the best strategy for you, and give you clear guidance on how to write and format Cover Letters, CVs and your LinkedIn Profile.
My goal is to give YOU the information, coaching and skills YOU need to be successful.
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Janet - 021 526 387
Don’t apply for another job without getting your CV sorted.