CVWhat is a CV

So, you’re building that successful career and you’re ready to up-level, but those interviews are just not coming. Whether you’re sending in your CV speculatively, networking, or applying for advertised roles all you hear is tumbleweed – tumbleweed as far as the eye can see…

You’re missing out on opportunities you know you can do, and other colleagues are moving ahead of you with less experience. The frustration is building, and you begin to question yourself……Stop. Right there just stop.

You’re heading rapidly into the rejection cycle, you want to avoid that abyss. And I want to help you avoid that abyss because I’ve been in it, yes personally, I’ve been there and let me tell you it ain’t a nice place… So, plaster on a smile, hold your head high, believe in yourself and let’s get started because

You’re in the right place!

I’m not going to dive into a quick blog post so you can knock out a half rate CV that won’t help you and will drag you further into the rejection cycle. We’re going to take our time and do this properly, together – you ready?

What is a CV?

CVs-Tell-your-story[1]Let’s start at the very beginning it’s a very good place to start (did you sing it? I did, not as tuneful as Julie Andrews but you can’t have everything can you?).

CV = Curriculum Vitae

Roughly translated from the Latin it means ‘course of your life’. So, in simple terms a CV is just a piece of paper summarising the course of your life. No need for a full biography so don’t panic…but every time you do panic and start to lack confidence through the process just remember the simple description, don’t overthink it.

Now one thing to note the detail and length of a CV varies depending on which country you live in, for the purpose of this blog I am referring to the type of CV used in the UK.

Why do you need a CV?

Recruiters need a way to determine which candidates they want to meet. So, the answer to why is, it’s a brief history of the professional you – the course of your professional life if you like.

In your CV is your education, skills, career history, and any other relevant information. You need a CV as it demonstrates who you are to the recruiter and shows what you can offer.

Now here’s the tricky bit, the recruiter will scan this for about 7 seconds, and decide whether they want to meet you. They will only meet you if they think you have something to offer the company.

What is the purpose of a CV?

What is a CV going to do for you, what’s its purpose, and why should you make time to write one. I’m going to keep this really simple, mainly because actually it is simple. It’s a marketing document, it’s there to sell you – no more and no less. The sole purpose of a CV is to get your foot in the door so you can meet the recruiter face to face. To give you the opportunity to convince them to give you a job.

The best CVs get candidates through the door, a bad one can stop a perfect candidate in their tracks – which is why sometimes you find yourself thinking how the hell did they get an interview when I didn’t. Why you get frustrated with less experienced colleagues moving ahead of you. Quite simply their CV was better than yours, it sold them to the recruiter.

The purpose of a CV is to open doors. Image of open door

The One Key to Writing a Successful CV

I’m going to share with you the one thing that can make a difference to how you write your CV today! The one thing that no one ever tells you, not because it’s a state secret only James Bond can know. It’s because they think you already know. You see when things are simple people assume others already know, when the opposite is true. The simpler the answer the more difficult it is to see…

The key person is not YOU! – it is the Recruiter. You need to stop and think about them at every stage of writing your CV from preparation, writing, tailoring, and finally in the regular reviews of your CV (there’s a nice simple process for you too!)

So, I challenge you to take these on board and ask yourself:

  • What do they want?
  • What do they need?
  • How can you give them what they want?
  • How do you meet what they need?

Give them what they want and need, and they’ll be eager to talk to you. Give them what they want and need and be more proactive (sign up below for tips on being more proactive) they’ll start coming to you.

Hi Scan Readers (think smiley face and waving hands here!) here’s what you need to know at a glance:

  • What is a CV? A CV is a document summarising your professional life – no biographies required
  • Why a CV? To get recruiters to want to meet you, to get your foot in the door
  • Purpose of a CV? Your personal marketing material – it needs to sell you
  • The Key to writing a CV? You’re writing for the recruiter not yourself

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