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
CV in this age is not the sole source of "Pull" a candidate can execute with recruiters. In today's world of hiring a few changes on the playing field have taken place:
a - Your profile on LinkedIn - where hiring managers and/or recruiters can validate what you have done, and the associated credibility of your work that is not possible with an isolated non-interactive document like the archaic CV.
b - Websites of corporations have in them a recruiting platform where you have to logon (Logon ID and Password) and start populating your profile that includes:
i) Personal Details - Name, Address, and
ii) Professional Details - CV + Cover Letter + Work Experience + Education)
iii) Sometimes Salary or Hourly History
iv) References at Employer's Organization (on some occasions)
c - Legal Information
i) Veteran Status
ii) Disability Status
d - Voluntary Information
e - Rarely - Criminal History
i) Felony Record
ii) Any Arrests Etc.
f - Visa Information (for those relevant)
i) Visa Status
ii) Do you have the legal status to work in this country?
iii) Would you require any kind of sponsorship int he future?
g - Relocation Flexibility (Willing to Relocate with or without Compensation)?
So depending on a resume or CV to get responses for the urgency of your employment needs is totally archaic and not in line with the expectations out there today.
Get to change with the times, be technology oriented and sign up on some cool job seeking websites and then for a small and affordable investment fee, you can get much more success at the breakthrough levels compared to any type of CV you have there as an isolated document.
Along with this strategy, your CV will add value with the features as listed in this published article of mine. Just an opinion [http://svprojectmanagement.com/embedding-sustainability-for-your-career-security-in-this-decade].
Send a hand written note requesting an interview! Include your business card.
the simplest and with best impact resumes are those that provide all the essential information a recruiter needs to make an assessment regarding the suitability of the candidate for the job in the shortest simplest easiest to read format.
Imagine if you’re a recruiter and get 150 to 200 resumes flowing into your inbox for one position and you have perhaps 3 or four of those positions. Are you going to sit down and read them all? That would take days and be the most excruciatingly boring job of all time. Many recruiters solve this problem by reading only the first 50 or so and discard the rest. This means that one has to get one's resume in fast, preferably within the first few minutes of it being advertised. Second it should be labelled with your name FIRST and then Resume. Most resumes say resume and sometimes the candidates name is added at the end. This means the recruiter has to trawl through heaps to find a particular one. Not going to happen! If yours has something the recruiter wants your name is going to stick out and will be easier to find.
The third point is content. I have heard some recruiters say they want to see just a list of prior jobs from past to present. Some others have said from present to past. Others are looking for, not just what jobs a candidate has held and what qualifications they have, but also what have they done and what results have they achieved. In all this the purpose of a resume is to prompt the recruiter to select the candidate for the next step.
The main secret to a resume is. What is being advertised and what is the recruiter looking for in the ad? The specific requirements that have been listed are those that should be addressed in the resume. You might, therefore, have a basic template resume which you then adapt to each position you apply for addressing those specific requirements that have been listed in the ad.
Of course correct spelling and grammar is a given, any mistakes will cause the resume to be rejected even if not fully read.
Lastly I would suggest not adding in any qualifications or attributes that over sell. i.e. if you are going for a customer service role, your degree in nuclear physics will cause you to be viewed as over qualified. Add in only those that pertain to the role you are applying for.
My experience has been to be brief. As HR and hiring managers look at each perspective candidate for a grand total of less than 30 seconds. Hit the high points. DO NOT WRITE A DISSERTATION! You have one shot to grab and stand out. USE IT WISELY!
Hello Dirk - all roads lead to Rome and I prefer to say "Know the recruiter better than what they were able to find out about you." I have mentored many immigrants in Montreal how to prepare a CV and get inside information on the company. What stands out the most though is when you know what car, what promotion or even what vacation destination your recruiter is dreaming about when not being in job interviews. Ping me if you need more help and yes - just like culture you have to localize the CV at all times!
The best advice I can offer when compiling your CV is this:
Keep it concise and to the point --no longer than 2 pages if possible. Don't include every single job and function that you have had in your lifetime. For example you may want to consider omitting temporary positions or jobs that lasted under a year. Summarize and choose carefully the ones where you made the most impact.
If you have gaps in your employment history or are in the process of changing fields you may wish to highlight a particular set of experiences. In this case, choose a "functional" resume as opposed to a "chronological" format (templates are available on the web). This will give you the impact you need and make it easier for your CV to get a second look.
Avoid pretty fonts, italics, underlines etc...use bold to highlight important points. This is distracting to those shortlisting hundreds of resumes.
Be sure to include near the top of your resume, a list of employment highlights or accomplishments garnered from your various jobs.
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...
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.
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.
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.
I do not beleive in universal terms as too long, or too short in relation to a CV Format. It depends on the firm. British CV is different from Spanish CV, i.e.
It depends on the moment of the process.
What is important is to reflect: what is expecting the firm to receive? What part of my CV is in relation to the process? What do I offer that the firm needs? What skills do I have, different from others and neccesary for the firm? There is no need of three pages for it.
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
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.
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! :)
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/
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.
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.