Let’s talk: the all-purpose CV

September 15, 2021 § Leave a comment

There are many reasons you may need a CV right now and many reasons that the one you usually send out is not quite right.

Chances are, you may be applying for a job role that hasn’t ever featured on your CV before. You won’t be the first to decide to (or have been forced to) change track as far as your career is concerned. There are pilots stacking shelves in supermarkets so you won’t be alone in having to set sights a little lower than usual.

There are single job vacancies attracting hundreds of applications and what we’ve got to do is get your CV at the top of the shortlist. What makes it stand up to the competition and, most importantly, stand out from the competition?

Are there any typos? (Please don’t rely on a spellcheck. The spellcheck says yes to ‘They’re over there eating their picnic’ but also yes to ‘Their over they’re eating there picnic.’)

Free CV writing sites can churn out exactly the same reports on each CV it receives (I know that because I uploaded mine and my son’s and received the same comments for both) so you can’t rely on those.

Whoops – bad punctuation can change the whole meaning of a sentence

Grammar…I can put that right for you.

But something you probably haven’t considered is reordering the information in your CV so that it becomes an all-purpose document about YOU that can be used for most job vacancies and APPLY to most job vacancies. The specifics can be left to your cover letter.

Oh, the joy of having a CV that you can send over to a batch of vacancies instead of reordering it for each one or, worse, bypassing some jobs you KNOW you could do because your CV doesn’t punch out your strengths for the role and you don’t have time to edit it.

Call me, Julie, on 07946 450708 and let’s talk .

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