Can anyone reading your CV tell who you really are? Or is it full of jargon and cheesy statements?
If someone asked you to describe yourself in 3 sentences would you say the same as is on your CV? What about the descriptions of your jobs?
Over the last 20 years or so I have had the pleasure of receiving thousands of CVs from people in all walks of life and
I have been constantly amazed at the rubbish that people write on their CVs.
Many times I have put a CV down and not had a single clue what the person was like as an individual or even what they actually do.
What you say on your CV must be descriptive, accurate and concise, and should leave the reader in no doubt as to your capabilities, experience and personality.
More than that, it needs to be convincing, inspiring, and ultimately compelling in the language and statements used.
These statements have to be supported by quantifiable achievements – examples of when and where what you have
said on the CV has been demonstrated.
Do not pad it out with unnecessary and ambiguous statements.
Sections lifted from your HR-written job description are also to be avoided as they describe function and give no indication
of what you actually do or are good at.
Writing a CV is a skill that has to be learned and developed through experience – experience that most people do not have, so it is not surprising that many of them do not produce the desired result ie an interview.
One way of finding out whether your CV says what it should and sells you in the best way is to get an experienced, professional CV writer to check it for you – or, better still, prepare it for you – but make sure you choose one that can demonstrate lots of experience getting people jobs as well as a good command of the English language, and that doesn’t charge you a fortune!
Before you send it to anyone else get a professional’s opinion on whether your CV gives enough compelling reasons why you should be interviewed, or whether you will never hear from that prospective employer again.
If it needs work the professional can put it right for you quickly and cheaply so your next application will not be wasted!
Click on FREE advice and checkingand not only will you receive a free, comprehensive report on the strength of your CV,
but also you can download free advice on how to write a CV.
These are free services, and you would only need to pay anything if you asked to have your CV written or re-written
– there is absolutely no obligation whatsoever.