The Perfect CV
Firstly it’s important to note, that there is no such thing as a “perfect CV.
Talk to several “experts” and you’ll be given many variations of how a CV must look.
What’s the learning from this?
You must adapt your CV to suit, you as a candidate and the type of role you are apply for;
Some points we believe to be useful:
- Keep it short & simple; research suggests that people do not read a CV, they instead will scan the document. Spending 10 to 15 seconds per page. Their attention in that short time, should be directed towards Facts / Figures / Brands / Achievements.
- Be different. Depending on the level of role, your CV may be one of many. Make it different. Make it memorable. Including brand logos and colour can work. Talking about you and not just “what you do”, also can work. Make yourself standout.
- Write down on a blank sheet of paper, the achievements you are most proud of in your career. They need to be in your CV
- Draw the eye to the most important points. Embolden and underline some but not all financials and achievements. If you get 10 seconds of attention; make it count.
- If you want to take it to the next level, have several CV’s ready that you can tailor to specific roles.
- Use your CV as a tool for ensuring that the interviewer asks you the questions you want to be asked; with prepared answers that show why you are effective and unique.