Writing a good CV
All of us have to apply for jobs for a start, a change or a necessity as the need may be. How many of us, do you think, apply with the same generic, standard CV for all different and varied jobs that we come across? I will say that a whole lot of us do that. Do you think this is good? My answer will be no, it is not good. In fact it is quite “off putting” for the recruiters and decision makers.
Why do we do that? I guess it is an easy way out. It saves effort and saves time. But does it get the job done, does it serve its purpose? Well sometimes it may, but most of the time it does not.
A generic CV is only good for a profile, i.e. explaining and describing yourself to a specific audience. Say you are to be introduced to the management or Board of Directors. Or you will appear as a guest speaker in a forum. A generic CV is what is required. The audience want to know you, learn about your background, want to know what experience you have and what you have you been doing.
To understand more, put yourself in a recruiter’s position. He/she is looking for specific experience/skills and background to find the best fit for the candidate and client. Time is limited and a whole bunch of CV’s have to be scrutinized. Most of the recruiter’s will be focused on filling the position by choosing the required experience/attributes and not so much additional or bonus attributes.
Now if the recruiter comes across a CV, in which the required experience and attributes are shown but are only a part of the CV and are hard to find, no effort has been made on the part of the candidate to highlight and single out the most relevant period of his experience which is suitable for the position applied for. It is very likely that the recruiter will ignore this candidate.
Take the same candidate, if he/she had taken time out, studied the required profile and requirements, drafted the same CV in which all experiences were recorded but the required experience and attributes were highlighted in such a way that they stood out, and were hard to miss, the recruiter would be more inclined to take the CV to the next stage. This is not the only advantage though by doing this, it also shows that you care for recruiter’s time, and you want this job and that you are making a special effort so that you would stand out and be selected.
Next time when applying for a position, take some time out, study the advertisement, try to find out as much as possible about the company (if the company name is given) on the net Do some research and then sit down to prepare the CV. Don’t hide, don’t put something in which is not true, but you’re your skills, experience, attributes required, easier to see and quicker to find. This will make it easier to find your dream position that you are looking for.
About the Author
Marcus Doo is an Associate Director of Mood Group – A specialist head-hunting and Recruitment practice to the Printing, Packaging & Industrial Processing sector