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A Good CV can open doors for you!

01 August 2015

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A Good CV can open doors for you!

Your first contact with the employer is your CV. If it is just right, you are ‘in’, and the rest of the process follows smoothly. This is not to say, that the interviews and evaluations that follow are not important, but there you have the advantage of thinking on your feet, changing and adapting, using facial expressions and the tone of your voice to influence the situation. This is a luxury not afforded to you when emailing a CV.

A CV is impersonal.  In most instances the employer will receive your CV in amongst many other keen applicants for the same position.  The employer will almost certainly be time pressured as has become the norm in the modern world.  Your CV has to make the right impression, an impression that ensures your CV is chosen above others.

It is improper to set parameters, as to the format, number of pages, fonts or colours. However, a CV has to be appropriate. It should serve the purpose and have the greatest possible impact. Let me share some of the features which I would look for in order to choose or discard a CV.

If the CV is lengthy, too many pages, attachments I did not ask for, or unnecessary details, it sure puts me off.  An ‘odd’ CV will have to be outstanding to capture my attention.  Why not make it a bit more personal by adding your photograph. I like to look at the face of a candidate, it can tell you a lot.

When I look at a CV, I need to know how serious the candidate is about the position applied for. I evaluate neatness, structure and how well balanced the layout is. Not too gaudy and not too simple. Was the CV tailor-made and specifically written to the needs of this position?  Or was it a generic document sprayed to as many employers, agencies and job boards as possible?

Many positions are advertised with certain prerequisites, i.e. qualification, location, languages etc. The same should be easy to identify in the CV. It is not wise, and most probably a complete waste of time to apply for positions where one does not meet the essential criteria.

As to the content, choose words and construct sentences wisely, emphasising the qualifications and experience required. Time will be pressured for the reader so long paragraphs will not be read and not appreciated. Do not claim to be something you are not, and always be honest. This is very important. It is very unlikely that you will be able to get away with it anayway.

An executive summary should not be more than half a page, preferably even less. Highlighting your career path, achievements and experience. Do not be repetitive. Personal details and qualifications are best left out of an executive brief and included in the main CV.

A good CV is a well written, drafted and crafted by the author. Remember this is the first stage, there will be many more to go. Do not show yourself as something you are not, and anything less than what you are.

Best of luck.

This Blog was created for Mood Group by a leading industry specialist who is a director of one of the largest packaging groups in the region and a person that we have immense respect for. During his significant career he has employed or been involved in the employment decisions that will have shaped many candidates careers and indeed their family prospects and fortunes. We are very grateful for his contribution as our guest blogger.

 

Comments

Please review my cv as available on your site moodgroup.

Regards,
Ahmad Raza|
Posted on Monday, November 02, 2015 09:04 by ahmad raza
Dear Sir/Madam,

I am interested to work abroad according to my 11 years experience my CV and Covering letter is registered on your website and I am looking forward to be part of your organization for any suitable role as Sales,Assistant,Customer Service,Coordinator,Production.

Best Regards,
Muhammad Khurram
Sales Executive & System Analyst
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Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 16:22 by Muhammad Khurram
I just finished reading your article and wanted to comment on how comprehensive, well-written, and accurate it is. I truly appreciate reading interpretations and discussions such as this. I'm going to share it with all my friends and co employees as well as with others those who are freshers. Grace and peace to you!
Posted on Thursday, August 06, 2015 12:27 by Mohamed Yousuf
I agree with all the points from Marcus. From the outset three or four pages are move than enough, quality of the information over quantity. A few lines on personal interests builds some character into the CV as well. Another comment is having the ability to put forward references from past employers builds credibility and honesty into a CV as long as the person is senior enough within the past company, this will assist the recruiter should they require. As Marcus has outlined the executive summary is key to capture the attention of the reader. Well done Marcus on this valuable information.
Posted on Tuesday, August 04, 2015 06:23 by Zach Murray
Posted on Monday, August 03, 2015 19:15 by shaik sadiq
Dear Marcus
Thank you very much for this good and useful information. I'm glad to have learned the impact of my photo on my CV. I had never imagined the importance anyway. I also never knew that executive summary does not include bio-data. Kind regards P.W.Ochola (Management consultant and print specialist)
Posted on Monday, August 03, 2015 18:10 by Peter Wilson Ochola
very good .
Posted on Monday, August 03, 2015 12:41 by Mohamed Hassan
No other comments to be made... perfect...
Posted on Monday, August 03, 2015 09:35 by Thomas Pirzer
Very well said Marcus...!

Present your CV the way recruiters like to see.
Sell your skills, strength and achievements without exaggerating and fabricating data. Be truthful.

A brief info about the company you currently work for or have worked for is also helpful to recruiter to understand your experience background.
Posted on Monday, August 03, 2015 06:45 by Atang Wahyudi
its really good to have registered here.

try for good opening.
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 23:42 by muthukrishnan
Pl reveiw my CV and let me have your inputs.
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 18:50 by Manoj Mathew
its very useful and important article..
thank you very much sir
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 18:09 by Alok Ranjan
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 17:00 by Dear Marcus, Thank you for your mail & the tips. KNR Sharma
Its really nice and helpful guidelines to make a CV for success
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 16:52 by Shakeel Sheikh
Very well said Marcus...!

Present your CV the way recruiters like to see.
Sell your skills, strength and achievements without exaggerating and fabricating data. Be truthful.

A brief info about the company you currently work for or have worked for is also helpful to recruiter to understand your experience background.
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 15:09 by Atang Wahyudi
Dear/ Marcus

Thank you too much for your advises, I changed my C.V from last year to date several time to improve it according to several recruiters evaluation until I reach current one, please if you can specify what part doesn't support my C.V, I will be grateful for this help.
Best Regards
Hesham
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 14:41 by Hesham Younis
This is a great practical guide.....
I look exclusively for how the CV presents the person to me in the first sentence. This tells me how much thought has gone into preparation and planning.
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 13:09 by Robin Buckingham
GOOD
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 12:26 by Mohamed Saied
Thanks for the guidence.It helps lot.
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 11:47 by Sujith
While CV's are still an important part of the recruitment process including a link to your Linkedin profile on your CV will add another dimension
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 10:34 by richard
Its a helpful and informative..
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 10:31 by Hareshwar Dongare
Thanks on sharing such a valuable information.
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 10:28 by Asif Bukhari
MR.Marcus yes, this is correct and valuable message.
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 08:00 by MOhammed Hidayatulla Basha
This indeed is a real guidance and tool to get success.thank you sharing this.
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 07:37 by Muhammad Naeem
Very good guidance.
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 07:35 by nilesh
This indeed is a real guidance and tool to get success.thank you sharing this.
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 06:35 by Muhammad Naeem
good Day!
Listen to your heart. Even though it’s on the left side, it’s always right.
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 06:06 by Rambabu Pinnereddy
Such a short note which explains the importance of CV very clearly.
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 05:49 by Keerthi
Great information
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 05:35 by Yego
Rightly said Marcus about CV.
A short, crisp and to the point CV becomes extremely effective to grab attention of employer.
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 05:07 by Anand
Very good guidance , informative and helpful
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 04:39 by ANIL RAMACHANDRAN
It's really nice & helpful
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 03:39 by Heba Kamal
Content is important and highly helpful and convincing. It generates eagerness in reader to know specifics like recommended formats colour font ..etc .
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2015 02:43 by J.C.Kaimal
Very good guidance and so informative
Posted on Saturday, August 01, 2015 23:42 by Rafat Fekry
good
Posted on Saturday, August 01, 2015 21:38 by ADEL

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