Alec Brownstein took an innovative approach to his job hunting. When top advertising creative directors Googled themselves, they got a message from him asking for a job. Probably the best $6 he will ever spend!
After watching "The Apprentice" last night I was amazed that certain candidates hadn't learnt from the 2008 winner Lee McQueen's faux pas of lying on his CV. Or maybe the fact that he was the eventual winner made Loraine think it was acceptable to extend her tenure in one role by 12 months!! Apparently it's because she FELT like she'd been there longer.
Returning to work after you’ve taken time out to look after your family can be difficult. An employer picking up your CV to see you haven’t been in paid work for the last eight years would probably consider you haven’t got enough up to date experience, given the rapidly changing employment environment and fast evolving office technologies. You know you can do the job, but how do you persuade an employer to give you an interview?
As part of The CV Clinic's commitment to keeping abreast of changes and trends regarding CVs within the recruitment industry we are delighted to announce the results of our recent survey that was sent out to recruiters, head hunters and hiring managers.
In response to the question, “What should candidates omit from their CVs?” the most common gripe from recruiters was photographs (71%).
You’ve just spotted the job of your dreams.You have all the right qualifications and experience, but it was five years ago, since when you been doing something completely unrelated.Or, you know you’ve got all the right skills but you just haven’t got practical experience in that particular area.Or, you’ve had lots of apparently unrelated jobs and your CV reads like a telephone directory. How on earth do you manage to convey to an employer that you’ve got what they need?Sounds familiar?Writing a conventional reverse chronological CV will only emphasise these problems. What you need is a Functional CV.
A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is defined in the dictionary as ‘an outline of your educational and professional history, prepared for job applications’.But it is much more than simply this: it is a personal marketing document which, if well designed, will effectively highlight your key skills and experience relevant to your target job.
Making it to the shortlist is your first aim. But in reality, many applicants waste their time by not understanding or responding to what the recruiter needs.When asked what really frustrated them about the CVs they received, recruiters were fairly clear – here a just a few of their comments.
“There is nothing more guaranteed to spoil a candidates chances of being shortlisted than not telling us what we need to know”.
“The last thing I want is pages and pages of waffle – I just want them to get to the point”.