How to write a profile on a CV should be fairly straightforward, but only if you understand what the person looking at your CV is thinking. Consider who is looking at your CV when you apply for a job. It’s someone very busy who is working to a brief. Their brief is to find someone to fill a role and the type of role defines […]
Many CVs that I review are a little too passive and need to be rewritten to make them more active, but it’s a fine line to tread. If you try to make yourself come across in a more active way it’s easy to overstep the mark and portray yourself as slightly scary, and maybe even unhinged. Recently I reviewed a CV for a client which […]
Q. Should you tailor your CV for every application? A. Only if you actually want the job!
One of the things to do when applying for a job is to consider the application from the recruiters perspective. They’ll have a brief from a client which will say they’re looking for a “Sales Manager” for instance, and then they’ll list the “essential skills” followed by some “nice to haves”. You need to look at your CV as a flexible document that you can […]
A CV needs to have a Profile that clearly states what you are. Many CVs that I review don’t have a Profile and the recruiter needs to dig into your career history to understand what you are. This is making their job harder. Imagine having to go through dozens of CVs and quickly identify if an applicant has the basic background you’re looking for. […]
I see a lot of CVs and very few score more than about 60/100 in our free reviews and there is a common thread to the mistakes – 1. It doesn’t say it’s a CV! Blindingly obvious but so many people forget to put CV or Curriculum Vitae at the top of their CV. This may seem trivial but it’s supposed to be a professional […]
Applicant Tracking Systems Applicant Tracking Systems are the first obstacle you generally face when applying for jobs and usually referred to as ATS. Essentially, they are an automated way of sifting through large volumes of applications to quickly filter out the unsuitable candidates. What is an applicant tracking system? They are systems that collect and sort CVs when you apply for a job online. You […]
Writing a good CV. If you’re genuinely certain that you’re a fit for a job that you applied for and didn’t get an interview, then there is something wrong with your CV/resume. Writing a good CV is a skill. Sometimes the relevant information to get an interview isn’t in your CV/resume, or it’s hidden in a storm of irrelevant detail. You could argue that the […]