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Why you need to have a good CV

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I will tell you right now I never thought that my CV looked that good. I used a Word Resume template that had all these complicated cells. If I edited information the whole document would shift and look awkward. I would spend a lot of time formatting it.

Despite all the formatting issues it showed my experience and it was lengthy and contained all the degrees I have earned and all the extracurricular activities I have ever been involved in.

I mean to me it was extremely thorough and that’s good right?

Wrong!

It wasn’t until after I started sitting in on interviews and screening candidates that I realized how screwed up my thinking was.

Your CV is the first introduction hiring manager has to you!

It’s better to have a simple streamlined CV with none of the crazy templates and none of the hoopla.

Show just what the hiring person needs to know. Do you have relevant experience? Are you educated? Your name and how to contact you. Period.

I have seen some really good CVs and I have seen some really bad ones. I have seen people even include their parents spouses and children on their CV. I mean really?

Clean it up. Simplify it.

And if you have additional information that you want to share…. like over 5 pages worth. Try to show your most recent experience in 2-4 pages and then write a short sentence at the bottom of the last page “Extended CV available upon request”. Now if the hirer is interested in the rest of your CV he or she now has the option to request it.

And if they do they must be really interested.

By now you may be wondering “But Sara you got the job anyway even with a poor CV” Well It was only after a large amount of searching. What if I had a better CV that highlighted my strength and was easy to read? How much more likely was I to be hired over someone else?

Get Your CV Reviewed here.

-Sara

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