The CV rethink

When you have spent time trying to find work as I have, the next logical step is to reconsider the CV.  I don’t mean making it a little fictional, just tweaking what is there.  I’ve always prided myself on being able to present my work history in a way that makes it interesting as well as including all the salient points.  However, when you send out dozens of CVs and get very little response, it might be time to rethink a few things.

First of all, I’ve looked at the layout.  For years I’ve used the same blueprint, but a quick look online showed me all the different possibilities, so I’ve made a few changes to the existing layout.  Catching the recruiter’s eye is essential.  The next concern is that once you have caught their eye, they need to be reading something that they won’t forget in a hurry.

Casting an eye over my current CV, I see that it has everything on there, but it doesn’t necessarily sound that good.  There are ways of describing the everyday tasks in a job that makes them sound like you are in control and that you are an achiever.  I’ve looked at the descriptions I’ve written and tweaked the wording so that it not only sounds like I’ve done something great, but it is also a lot more interesting to read; and the good thing is I’m not telling any lies.

This is something that I would recommend for everyone.  Even those who are not job hunting at the moment should take half an hour to polish up the CV.  You never know when the ideal job is going to be advertised and you should be ready to take advantage of it.  It is hard work trying to find a job, but it is equally as hard when you are in a job that you do not love.

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