Do you need a CV review?

When looking at your own CV, it can be difficult to tell if it’s good enough and whether it’s going to grab a recruiter’s attention. After all, it’s not easy to edit your own work or see your CV from a different point of view other than your own.

However, having an eye-catching CV is very important, as you’ll be going up against hundreds, if not thousands of people for just one job. If a recruiter isn’t impressed, then your hard work could end up going in the bin and you’ll be left wondering why you haven’t heard back.

Many jobseekers choose to have their CV professionally reviewed in order to determine what needs to be changed and why. Here’s how to tell if your CV needs a review or not.

You’re not getting interviews

You may be blaming the fact you’re not getting interviews on bad luck, your gender, age or perhaps you think the employer has managed to find your personal social media profiles. Whilst these factors can have an influence on your chances of getting an interview, it’s likely that your CV is the biggest problem.

It’s all too easy to make mistakes on CVs – your grammar and spelling might not be up to scratch, or you may have simply got the layout wrong. Whatever the issue, a CV review can enable you to look at your application in the same way a recruiter will see it. Everyone wants to come across as professional and the right person for the job, but your CV might not be saying that.

It’s too long, or too short

Ideally, your CV will be between one and two pages long. If it’s less than one full page, it’s too short and if it’s over two pages it’s too long.

While senior executives should possess plenty of information to render the first scenario not applicable, if a CV goes on forever, you could do just as much damage. It’s crucial to understand how best to present your information so that it doesn’t flow over three pages. Remember, recruiters only spend a few seconds looking over a CV before deciding to progress the application or not.

Having a professional review your CV can help to you better organise your skills and experience, perhaps highlighting your achievements rather than listing each individual role responsibility. It’s easier on the head-hunters’ eyes, too.

You don’t tailor your CV for the role

When you’re not hearing back from anyone, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and just give up. Even C-suite executives can feel downcast when they don’t receive so much as an acknowledgement. However, using the same, generic CV for every application is not going to help you. CVs that aren’t tailored to the job role you are specifically applying for are a recruiter’s biggest pet peeve and the most likely reason why you’re not getting any interviews.

In particular, you need to focus on your summary. Be specific about the sort of job you’re looking for, what skills you can bring to the role and make clear how you can benefit the company. Emphasise the skills and experience that are listed as essential for the role you’re applying for. Consult the job description and make sure your CV reflect the prescribed desirable traits. Or ask a professional for guidance.

Even the most common mistakes can be difficult to spot by yourself, so getting a fresh pair of eyes to look over your CV is always a good idea. Try it – you might be surprised just how big a difference it makes to your career prospects, no matter what rung on the career ladder you’re reaching up to.

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