Saturday, 24 December 2011

Writing a CV that Really Works

“This is what I did and this is how well did it”


The objective of a CV is to let the reader/recruiter know few important points about you. These can be:
You can also include following details but I would never suggest you to do that because in most cases the reader may not be interested in this information.
  • Marital status
  • Addresses of where you worked
  • Hobbies and interests
  • References.
The aim of a CV
The aim/purpose of the CV/resume is to do more than simply inform the reader of your life to date.
My definition would be:
“A CV is your sales document that highlights your credentials, work history and achievements in such a way that the reader is motivated to meet you.”
Remember the objective of CV is not to get you a but to get you an interview call or a meeting. The following diagram illustrates the importance of CV.
The CV plays a central role in getting you from where you are to where you want to be:
  • It may be the part of an application form. Cover letter may also accompany a CV.
  • It leads to the all-important interview/meeting.


I was looking to buy a home lately. When I frequented auctions, I gathered a variety of home details – actually an excellent heap of them!
The objective of details was to excite my attention by:
  • Informing me of the specifics of the building
  • Presenting the residence in the best possible lumination, so that I would want to perspective it.
It was never expected that after viewing the details I would be earnestly show my desires to buy that house (Although the estate agents may not mind it if I showed such feelings).
Someone desiring to buy a home has a lot of qualities to select from. Individuals may have certain requirements that need to be met:
  • price
  • location
  • accommodation
  • size
But many homes may match these requirements. The aim of the residence broker therefore is to highlight those details in the most eye-catching way, so that individuals want to check out the residence to discover out more.
Our CV should do the same. The objective of the CV is not fulfilled until we get a call for an interview. It is vital that we portray our image in such a high class way that it catches the attention of the reader and develops the interest for meeting. So our CV is not merely about providing details about ourselves.

Our CV is our personal sales brochure

As opposed to an application form, when we have little decision in what we add and the way we present the details, the CV is absolutely different:
  • We style the structure of our CV.
  • We choose what thing to list and what information to omit.
  • We decide how lengthy it will be and how it’ll be presented.
The competition has grown enormously in the past decade as the people with high qualification are increasing and the opportunities are limited in the market. Everyone try hard to catch the attention of the reader. Everyday recruiters are bombarded with hundred of CV’s, if not thousand, most of which will end up in the bin.
  • How to save our CV from entering the bin.
  • How can we create an immediate, good effect on the reader?
When we start to see our CV as our individual sales brochure, which markets what we have done and can do for target organization, then we have a great chance to achieve our objectives.

Avoid information overload

Unfortunately, many individuals go immediately into the ‘tell mode’. A job hunter had collected a nine-page CV loaded with information! The beginning collections included:
  • Age and birthday (just to stress how old he really was!)
  • All the colleges and universities he had joined throughout his lifestyle.
  • The year he was committed.
  • The age range of his kids.
  • All his pursuits.
This was followed by a specific review of his 35-year career! Sorry, but there was only one location this CV was going – in the bin.
When composing our CV, we should consider the following

It should be:
  • Relevant
  • Selling your achievements
  • Easy to read and follow
  • Detailed and accurate
  • Truthful
  • Highlighting the skills you have developed both in and outside of work.
It should NOT be:
  • Irrelevant
  • A long list of job titles and duties
  • Jumbled and cramped
  • Vague and lacking in detail
  • Dishonest.


This blog then is released to offer you with the necessary thoughts important to advertise yourself. But it is not merely offering you information. You must practice your part:
  • Think about the issues.
  • Research what you have done in the [ast.
  • Analyse the practical knowledge you have gained.
Why? Because this way you will get to know yourself better than ever. You will be convinced that you are capable of more than what you realized. The English word, “modesty” has become a disease.

Knowing yourself better

Many people could easily identify the fantastic information in others, but find out that complicated to do about themselves. They find it very hard and difficult. I am not exciting you to be intelligent and egotistic and tell the whole world how awesome you are! I merely want us to look actually and properly at:
  • Who we are.
  • What we have done.
  • What we are capable of doing.
We take for granted, ourselves, our abilities, achievements, qualification and practical knowledge. In developing your own CV, I believe you will see that we are not merely going through the activities of an educational, one-off exercise, but something much more essential. It is important how you see yourself and how you express yourself to the world. Many of us fail to achieve their goal even though they are potentially capable of that just because they suffer from low self-esteem. A CV is just one way of communicating yourself to the world and telling them “This is what I did and this is how well I can do”. So operate through Perfect Career Guide and in doing so, take a little while in developing your way of life.

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