CV Format: Recruiters get masses of CV's...what is the simplest and has the best impact?
Previous question: What is the optimal A4 page length for a Resume; what is too long or short?
What should one exclude in terms of time past, etc.?
Everyone seems to have a different opinion.
Does it vary for region in the world?
REPLIES WITH ADVICE TO THIS WERE GREAT...Thank You
My advice on resumes or CVs are to keep whatever is relevant on there and instead of adding what your job responsibilities were, add the successes that you had. I also encourage people to keep their Linked-In profile updated because a lot of the recruitment is done through Linked-In and having an updated profile helps recruiters find you. I would also encourage you to do something that differentiates you in the pile of resumes that recruiters get. This could be as simple as sending in a note or a paper copy of your resume after applying. You can also usually see who the recruiter is on Linked-In, so you can ping them as a follow up.
The one which describes your work experience regarding the job itself but none of them tells me more about the person than when I meet them face to face.
This link is great from Purdue University regarding resumes and curriculum vitae updated approximately April 2013 https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/641/01/
My recent experience after graduating with a First Class degree and applying for different job roles found that having a tailored CV for that specific job helps better. I spent time researching online and watching free webinars to find out that you have to sell yourself with titles: Executive Summary, Expertise, Career Highlights and Career History preferably on the first page. Brief summary of Education, Additional Skills and Awards on the 2nd page. References if necessary. I have been advised from various career advisors to try and fit the CVon to 2 pages, 3 maximum.
Also, when writing your Career Highlights section, try using the STAR interview technique. This will help your explain the Situation, Task, Action and Results of each job role. Try to use only 3 good examples.
Hope this helps a little! :)
We have creative control over the resume format we use so any advice you receive from anyone (myself included) can and should be tweaked to meet the requirements of the job for which you are applying. The most important thing a resume can and should do: Grab the attention of the hiring manager within the first 60 seconds. You have exactly the amount of time it takes that person to start his/her morning coffee to get their attention before they move on to something else. Using LinkedIn and other services such as that will also help you figure out exactly who your resume should go to so that you can get on the top of that pile. As Mr. Moore said, after the first 50 resumes recruiters are done reading and pretty much stick with what they have.
Understand the purpose of the CV.
No one has won a job simply based on their CV.
The CV is an introduction designed to get you to the nest stage. The Interview.
Make it brief, relevant to the position, Use same wording as in the add. Key works help. provide helpful links like LinkedIn.
Remember if they are interested they will phone you for more detail. or for an interview. If not, that's just the way it is this time.
I think the key point is making the recruiter's life easier! Short, brief, good format so that they will want to read it. Also a brief intro paragraph telling who you are, where your experience is concentrated on and stating what you are looking for is a great start. They the recruiter has an idea about who they are 'speaking' to.
One way to stand out is to include mini logos of the companies you worked at justified to the left of the name of those companies.
Your CV will stand out all right. However you have to be intuitive as to how suitable is this style for the company/job…? Marketing Expert - yes; Creative Director - certainly; Bank Director - hmmm...
The best format is in word. This allows recruiters to exclude contact details of candidates where this should be confidential, to include their own logos when sending it to potential clients and to more easily standardise the format. The candidate should ensure that they make clear where they are currently residing, what work permits they have if these are required and how they can best be contacted. What a person has done in terms of job title and responsibilities should be enhanced with achievements which should, if possible, be quantifiable. Listings of self perceived areas of expertise do not add very much. If possible, use standard text, avoid tables and diagrams. The simpler the better - KISS.
To bring out the best impactful CV out one must looks at the working experience and the basic education details most.
Have a glance look of the candidate social network profile for complete details