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The importance of a CV in Job Hunting

Lee July 6th, 2012
By Lee

I was asked a question this week on a Linkedin group, “How important is a CV when you are applying for jobs?” My quick answer to this would be “very”.

In my opinion, you can be an outstanding candidate but if the recruiting manager can’t see this clearly in your CV, it will be unlikely that you would be invited to a face to face interview. Your CV is your first impression and a quick scan for keywords could unfortunately be the first qualifying round. A badly constructed CV could fall at this hurdle and ultimately not get you very far in your search for a new role.

And last but not least make sure you run a spellchecker!

So, how do you get your CV noticed and give the right first impression?

  • Keep it clear and concise
  • Be honest – it won’t do you any favours to lie
  • Start employment history with current employer and work backwards
  • Give examples of you key achievements and what they are
  • Include some hobbies

And last but not least make sure you run a spellchecker! There have been many occasions where candidates have said one of their strengths is their “attention to detail” only to have a number of grammatical and spelling errors throughout their CV.

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