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The Difference Between a Great & Mediocre CV

Coach Tahir  Aslam by Tahir Aslam
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Clearly, you understand the value of having a great CV. The kind of document that leaps out from the pile, that both stuns and delights the recruiter.

So, what exactly distinguishes a CV that looks great, from one that ends up on the rejection pile.

It’s not about the fantastic companies you worked for, the excellent grades and degrees you achieved, or modern graphics. It’s about your value and what you bring to the table.

Value is conveyed through your achievements and experience. Often, recruiters will skip the first part of your CV and scan the experience section. They’re looking for the best fit. Does your experience, skills and achievements match the job description? Ultimately, can you do the job?

Yes, all those other things you’ve done in life mean something. It means something to you; it means everything to your loved ones. But it does not mean anything to a stranger, who is calculating your value by staring at a document on a screen.

Don’t just list your day-to-day duties. Hiring managers want to know how you executed those duties. What was the result of that project? What processes did you improve? How did you overcome those challenges? What sets you apart from everyone else?

Most people find it difficult to write their own CVs because they struggle to find a balance between modesty and painting a picture of their strengths and abilities.

Crafting a CV is an art as well as a science. Getting the details write, but also making sure that you’re expressing yourself in a way that differentiates you: highlighting your abilities and showcasing the milestones you crossed.

When you have an inbox brimming with CVs that all look the same, read the same, and pretty much feel the same, it becomes tiresome. Step into the shoes of the recruiter. Look at it from their point of view. If you were hiring somebody for a job, what would you want to see on their CV? Does it speak to you, can you relate to it, would you contact this person for an interview?

Look objectively at your CV. Is it correctly formatted? Can you glance at the document in one sweep? Is it clear and concise? Map out your CV. What needs to be included? What can you leave out? Does it match the job description, or are you sending out a generic document, hoping for the best!

Once you’ve clarified the kind of job you want, print out the job description, and highlight the skills, abilities, and training that the company is seeking. Certain key words crop up repeatedly. Note them down and include them. People fail at the first hurdle because they neglect to include material from the description.

Keep it clear and keep it simple. Make sure all the text is correctly aligned. Split the CV into sections. Overall, make the recruiters job easy, and they’re more likely to call you for an interview.

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