How to write the perfect CV

Having been in recruitment for over 20 years I have had many CVs grace my door.  The thing I find incredibly difficult to understand is that the majority of the candidates sending in their CV don’t think about the role they are applying for.  It is all too easy, and incredibly common to see your CV as a document to list your work history.  In effect this is exactly what it is.  You see a role you can do in your sleep, and you have experience, in the jobs that you have had previously and so you apply for the post. Having been in recruitment for over 20 years I have had many CVs grace my door.  The thing I find incredibly difficult to understand is that the majority of the candidates sending in their CV don’t think about the role they are applying for.  It is all too easy, and incredibly common to see your CV as a document to list your work history.  In effect this is exactly what it is.  You see a role you can do in your sleep, and you have experience, in the jobs that you have had previously and so you apply for the post.    

Stop and consider for a moment whether that CV represents your work history, and more than that, you are selling you.  Therefore, you need to become a master at putting yourself in front of your perspective employer. 

Your CV is usually the only way to get yourself to an interview, that foot in the door at the job you want so badly, can you imagine for a moment that so do many other applications, and then your CV just adds to a pile of CVs much the same to yours, sometimes numbering in their hundreds.

Recruiters, much like me will want to get through the pile of CVs as quickly as possible and this means that they don’t take time to read each and every one.  As shocking as it sounds many will grace the eyes of the recruiter for a mere second before being deleted.

I am writing this not to shock you but to show you just how important it is to make your CV stand out from the ground.  The one to make the recruiter stop and read for more than a second.

Remember it is so important to use your CV to get you in the door, this is the only reason it is there, you must become skilled at getting those interviews. 

When I relocated to a different county a few years ago, it proved incredibly hard to get a foot in the door, even with my extensive experience, I kicked my CV writing skills into action and had 3 interviews within the first week; and was offered all of them.  This is how it is done, focusing really hard on the job and it’s need, and getting that all important face to face meeting with them.

I recently recruited for Healthcare Assistants and Nurses; I get at least 5 CVs per day for the nursing roles and at least 20 for the Healthcare Assistants.  I have strict criteria, for both roles, you must have at least 6 months UK experience and this is stated on the job advert.  With the Nursing role, you must be qualified also.  I have applications for nursing roles from plumbers, hairdressers, and so on.  I get it they are applying for anything in the hope of getting a job.  Healthcare Assistants also very often don’t have the necessary experience. 

Here is a list of errors I continually see on a daily basis: –

  • No contact details
  • First ever job at the top, instead of the latest
  • Applying in one town, but address on CV shows a town several counties away with now experience
  • Experience not up to date, they left their job over two years ago but forgot to update, so although they are currently a healthcare assistant I wouldn’t know as it they haven’t put their new role on the CV
  • List of job titles only and no details of what this job was
  • No jobs listed on their CV at all, without any explanation of why
  • Errors throughout the CV

Here are some standard ways to write your CV. 

  • Create two or three and keep these saved, updating them every time you apply for a position
  • Study the job advert and tailor your CV to this advert
  • Do not lie about your skill set but highlight any transferable skills
  • Check punctuation and spelling
  • Ensure the correct format for the job you are applying for
  • Work history with the most recent at the top
  • Add a list of skills at the top of the CV

I take this to another dimension when writing CVs for my clients, I work with them to fully understand the reasoning behind applying for the role. Feeling into if the role is the right one for their purpose, and I build their CV around them, and who they are.  I focus their CV on the job and tailor it intuitively to the skills required by the employer.  I also use the universal law of attraction to help you to attract the right role in.

But you don’t need to work with me directly if you don’t wish to, I just add another element to getting the role you want or career changes, I have created some CV templates for you to use that you can download free of charge.

I also offer a CV writing course that you can work through to add a little bit of the intuition into the process.

Remember to stay focused on each role, keep positive and don’t race to send off masses of CVs.  The right role is out there for you, keep getting those feet in the door, and when you do help them to fall in love with you at each interview. 

Don’t be disheartened if it isn’t moving fast, trust that your role, the one that you were meant to be doing is there for you, waiting.  You just need to find it and pull it in.

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