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Nowadays, CVs are being written in a hurry. Not too many people take care to take their time, sit, and think what they should write in their curriculum vitae, and what info is better to leave behind. Writing in a hurry, people often add a lot of details that are of a little to no interest to the employer. Potential candidates do not bother to impress the hirer; they rather think what more to say about themselves without taking into account that this will not get them hired. They use a lot of paper for the words that mean nothing neither to them nor to the employers and eventually send the ‘masterpiece’ they crafted in a few hours to the companies, waiting until someone notices them under the pile of cliches.
However, time is only one thing that makes a difference. It is also about the mind set. Before you write, think of the CV as an advertisement, because that is what it actually is. Think what will employer see in you while reading what you have submitted.
Start by listing the requirements the company has for the potential candidate and see if you can match any of your skills with them. The match list has to be developed into the sort of experience or skills list you will use in the CV.
While you write, make sure not to overshare the information with the employer. Reread every few sentences you have written, and see if you can shorten that to one or remove some info completely.
Do not write too much on the events. Be descriptive but, at the same time, very brief, and get straight to the things you actually want to convey. Leave explanations for the interview, and keep your CV clean.
Note that you should satisfy the interest of your readers, not your desire to tell more. Employers want to know some specifics like what exactly you have that is great for the company, meaning skills and experiences. And once again, they do not want to read too much about that too. While writing, think how you can save the space but still deliver the same message. Avoid writing plain text without separating it with headings, white space, or bullet points. Your CV has to be readable and not look like a huge pile of facts someone tried too hard to fit into a single page.
Try walking in the HRM’s shoes. The ad was posted, and the manager knows he has to find the perfect candidate for the position. He turns on the computer, looks through the mail and yours is 75th. It is necessary to look through all messages and download & read CVs the applicants have attached. Reading the files, he will surely find the same info in some of them, spot mistakes, and make the final decision. After about 20 CVs he will start getting tired and irritated, and that irritation will only grow with every candidate considered. Your CV will be the one he will read really fast, not bothering to get into too many details and just looking for the info that has an actual value for the position.
It is surely hard for the HRM to enjoy the process when it is the 100th applicant in this day, so do not make the situation even harder and let your CV say: “here is everything you need and want to know, do not hesitate to call this person for an interview”.
Think what exactly the employer wants from you. You already have the certain level of expertise and understand the sphere. Therefore, you need to recognize what a manager would want an employee of such level to know, and what kind of skills the hirer would want to see.
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