Why having a winning CV is vitally important

Why is having a winning CV vitally important? an average CV gets reviewed for about 30 seconds in the jobs application/selection process before a decision is made to bin it or not so the importance of having a winning CV should never be underestimated.

The key is to ensure that the summary is prominent, easy to read, highlights your top skills and experience and is totally positive. Ideally your CV should be adjusted to suit the job description of the vacancy.

Never just send out a ‘cold’ CV, find out what they are looking for and make sure your CV fits the bill by ensuring your relevant experience and skills that match the job are highlighted.

When I worked in the recruitment industry I noticed that the HR Recruiters/Hiring Managers in major companies all preferred the CV that answered the main requirements of the job description in the first few lines.

Many job adverts do not include a full job description due to space restrictions. Most HR departments will be willing to post out/email a copy. Get the job description compare it with your experience and ensure that your CV highlights how you are ideal for the job.

Be careful of using on-line/trotted out CV templates the last thing that you want is your CV seeming like and reading a bit like everyone else’s.

Okay so this next bit is going to sound self-serving but it’s a fact that the power of a professionally written winning CV should not be underestimated, it can go a long way towards getting you that job interview and ultimately the job itself by optimising and professionally presenting your key skills, experience and achievements; all of which are unique to you, setting you apart from the crowd.

Once you have a professional CV you have it forever and will only need to update it from time to time, it’s an investment in your future.

Ideally your CV should be held on your computer so that you can make small revisions to suit each application. I always recommend people to keep a ‘Master’ or ‘Pure’ copy of their CV and then when applying for jobs create a new document and paste and copy the relevant bits from the Master CV which can then be adjusted or tweaked to suit any new job.

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The reason for this is to ensure you don’t end up with lots of different versions of your CV and have no clue as to which version is the original one.

Finally there are a lot of opinions out there on how long your CV should be. In most cases it should be two pages long, but … for very experienced candidates a three page CV is fine and for some professionals like Doctors and Nurses the CV will be as long as their work experience and education/training dictates as they must have all of this relevant information in their CV’s.

The worst CV of all for me and ultimately employers is a CV that does not contain enough information so for job applications in Ireland it’s best to stay away from one page ‘Resume’ type CV’s, unless it is specifically requested by the employer.

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