Why Your CV is so Important
It’s really unfortunate that so many people don’t pay enough attention to their CVs. Your CV is the most important tool for getting you a job interview, unless your uncle is the CEO. Your CV gets you found, it gets you noticed and it is your ticket to an interview, if it’s done right. You only get a couple of sheets of paper to show why you should be selected for interview – so we have to get this right.
If you have ever applied for a job through a job board (like Reed, Monster, Totaljobs) you will have had to create a profile including uploading your CV. Unless you update your settings, this then becomes searchable in their records. Recruiters (both internal and agency) will use keyword searches to find relevant CVs (e.g. “HR” and “Business Partner” and “Employee Relations” and “FMCG”). Searches will usually be done on your skills, experience and industry. This is an easy way for you to be found and contacted. The same applies for LinkedIn.
If you have ever applied for a job directly to a company (not via a recruiter) and been turned down, they will likely keep your CV on file. One of the first places they will look when a vacancy opens up is in their own database. Much like job boards, this will often be via a keyword search on your CV.
The best jobs don’t make it to advertising. Recruiters can find candidates from their own database or from job boards. They won’t spend money on advertising if they don’t need to. So you NEED to get yourself noticed.
Your CV is your chance to stand out from the crowd. In the earlier parts of your career, you will find yourself competing with lots of suitably qualified people. Trust me when I say, recruiters and hiring managers do not spend a lot of time screening CVs. Actually, let’s count to six. One…two…three…four…five…six. Ok, the recruiter has finished reading your CV. With so many CVs to screen, that’s all the time you get. So you have to make that time count.
Your CV needs to include all the relevant information and that information needs to be easy to pick out. It must be concise, well formatted with a simple structure. It can take a lot of time and effort to perfect but it will be well worth it when you are offered your next job.
If you want help and support with your CV and guidance prepping for interviews, then we are running a workshop called “Advance your HR career with better CV’s & Interview techniques” on the 27th July. We will run through do’s and don’ts of CV writing, ways to stand out and also look at improving your chances at interview.