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HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR CV FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT
« on: January 04, 2010, 03:38:14 PM »
How to simplify… your CV (for maximum impact)

Finding a new job in the current atmosphere of recession is not easy, but getting your CV working for you will make the chances of securing that all important interview much greater.

The recruiter who receives your CV will probably have dozens and dozens to sort through, and very little time to do so, so your CV will have to showcase your relevant experience, skills and qualities in less than ten seconds. Simplification is the key to success.

Less haste, more success.

The golden rule for job applications is not to rush. Give yourself ample time to collate the information for your CV. If you dash something off the night before a deadline and it leads to your application being discounted, all your experience and hard work will be wasted.

Structure your CV.
The most important information – usually your skills and recent experience – should be clearly laid out at the very beginning of your CV, as it’s this that will get you long-listed for an interview. Don’t assume the recruiter will search through reams of information to find out if you’re qualified for a position – they won’t!

Keep it short.
Whilst there’s no hard and fast rule for the length of a CV, a couple of pages are usually regarded as the norm unless you’ve had a very long career or the recruiter specifically asks for a more detailed CV. Keep it punchy, get your foot in the door and save the more involved explanations for your interview.

Keep it sweet.
Your CV should not become a confessional, a list of mishaps or a series of excuses. Exorcise any references to failure – whether that’s examination, marital or business. Write positively and present your best face to the world, concentrating on the experience and achievement that equips you for a bright future.

Make it look good.
Decorative patterns and eccentric formatting can often detract from your message. Keep your CV uncluttered with short sentences, big margins around your text and key points emphasised. Bullet points can be useful in moderation.

Tailor your CV.
A sure-fire way to boost your chances of getting an interview is to tweak your CV for each application you make. Do your research on the business or organisation – what type of language do they use on their website to describe their staff and their outlook? Can you mirror this in your CV? Go through the job spec with a fine tooth comb, making sure to include examples proving relevant experience for all requirements of the role.

Don’t leave suspicious gaps.
Any unexplained gap in your employment history will be regarded with suspicion by recruiters, so make sure to plug those holes. Even times of unemployment can be adequately justified if you focus on the development of soft skills such as project management, communication or teamwork.

Check, check, check. And then check again.
Any spelling or grammatical mistakes in your CV are going to create a negative perception in the mind of the recruiter – why would they want to employ someone slapdash? Whilst spell-checkers can be useful they don’t catch everything and can often end up erroneously altering words to American spelling conventions. Get as many people as possible (who can spell) to go over your CV for typos and grammatical errors.

Ditch the snapshot and personal info.
Unless specifically asked to provide a photo of yourself, leave it out. The skills, achievements and experience you describe should carry weight with the recruiter, not your hairstyle. In the same way, you should not provide recruiters with age, weight, height, religion or marital status unless strictly relevant to your application.

Be honest.
Never, ever embellish the truth in your job application, no matter how well you think you can cover it up. It only takes a quick phone call for the recruiter to discover that your First in Biochemistry from Oxford is actually a NVQ in Food Science from your local community college. Highlight the positives in your CV, but don’t include blatant lies – even in the section on your leisure activities.

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Re: HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR CV FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2010, 04:42:01 PM »
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Re: HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR CV FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2010, 04:52:50 PM »
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2010, 07:57:51 PM »
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Re: HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR CV FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2010, 09:34:10 PM »
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2010, 09:55:18 PM »
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Re: HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR CV FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2010, 01:13:26 AM »
It is imperative you inform the people you want to use as your referee before using them.  And use people that know you very well.  This simple mistake caused a guy to loose a promising job
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Re: HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR CV FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2010, 06:23:47 AM »
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Re: HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR CV FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2010, 07:54:22 AM »
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Re: HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR CV FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2010, 07:07:13 AM »
Hi,
you describe in Cv Your skills,achievements and experience thats very effected You do not mention in the cv ur religion and weight.






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Re: HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR CV FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2010, 03:39:18 PM »
excelent post Beibee.  A word is enough for the wise

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« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2010, 04:57:28 AM »
yes dear.
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Re: HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR CV FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2010, 03:18:44 PM »
You do not mention in the cv ur religion and weight.
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Re: HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR CV FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2010, 04:33:36 PM »
Good work broda.  I just want to add that for your c. v to be effective and draw the attention of potential recruiters or employees,
there is always the need to have your profile in the first page of the c. v.
The profile should capture your experiences and major skills. 
A rich profile will surely attract attention to your resume.
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Re: HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR CV FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2010, 07:31:28 PM »
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« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2010, 04:17:03 PM »
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Re: HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR CV FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT
« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2010, 12:45:12 PM »
Yes i agree with all of you and as fact the cv should not be very lengthy or if you have a very long career then it can acceptable. 

Post Merge: October 29, 2010, 07:56:20 AM
make your CV of maximum 2 pages and try to mention your major skills and expertise on the first page as the interviewer mostly wants to see your expertise.  In So comprehensive and long CV's the interviewer just turn the pages and mostly dont show too much interest in reading all the details you have mentioned , so it is not good for you.  Be specific and to the point in your CV.
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Re: HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR CV FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT
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Re: HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR CV FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT
« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2012, 02:34:38 PM »
Great tips.  Thanks for the time you took to put this together.  However, I want to comment about leaving photos out.  Is it research based? I believe in testing and using what works. 

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« Reply #19 on: March 16, 2012, 08:24:26 PM »
CV  is show the knowledge of the person which is very much important for the person to create a good image in the eyes of the interviewer.  Here you have to mention all the details related to you.
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« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2012, 01:24:35 PM »
Quality suggestions, thanks for sharing them!  I hate writing CVs, so I always spent hours and hours doing mine. . . 

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« Reply #23 on: April 09, 2012, 06:53:16 AM »
Its really good to know about all these things its one of the best way to show your resume very effective I think all of the points are cover here which is good to make a professional CV.
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Re: HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR CV FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT
« Reply #24 on: April 09, 2012, 06:22:49 PM »
I thing interview is very much important thing for the person to get the job.  Here you have to mention all the things which you have done in the environment regarding job.  Here you have to mention all the things about your experience.
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