A Strong CV Will Increase Your Odds of Success

Reality check: given the choice of two candidates of equal ability, hiring managers will always prefer to interview the one with the clearest, most attractive CV. For that reason, candidates with superb qualifications are often overlooked. And companies end up hiring from a more shallow pool of talent; a pool made up of those candidates whose experience is represented by powerfully written, visually appealing CVs.

Of course, many of the best candidates also have the best CVs; and sometimes, highly qualified candidates manage to surface through word-of-mouth referral. In fact, the referral method is the one I use to present talented people to my clients.

But unless you can afford to rely on your ‘reputation,’ or on the recommendation of a barracuda recruiter, you’ll need more than the right qualifications to get the job you want-you’ll need a dynamite CV. In today’s competitive employment market, your CV has to stand out in order to get the attention of the decision maker and create a strong impression. And later on, when you meet the prospective employer face to face, a strong CV will act as a valuable tool during the interviewing process.

Truth in Advertising

The best way to prepare a dynamite resume is not to change the facts, just make them more presentable. This can be accomplished in two ways:

  1. By strengthening the content of your CV
  2. By enhancing its appearance.

Although there’s no agency to act as a watchdog, I consider it to be ethical common sense to honestly and clearly document your credentials. In other words, don’t make exaggerated claims about your past experience.

Remember, your CV is written for the employer, not for you. Its main purpose, once in the hands of the reader, is to answer the following questions:
Do you meet the requirements of the role ?
How do you present yourself to others?
What have you done in the past?
And what are you likely to accomplish in the future?

In addition to providing a factual representation of your background, your CV serves as an advertisement. The more effective your 30 second advert, the more an employer will want to buy the expertise you’re selling.

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