CV or not CV.. that is the question

CV-funny

If you’re originally from the states like I am, then you will know that the CV is known as the  résumé in this instance. Let’s face it.. the title would have been difficult to create… what really rhyme’s with  résumé  anyway?

ré·su·mé

or re·su·me or re·su·mé  (rĕz′o͝o-mā′, rĕz′o͝o-mā′)

n.

1. A brief account of one’s professional or work experience and qualifications, often submitted with an employment application.
2. A summary: a résumé of the facts of the case.

Okay, now down to the nitty-gritty….

“This above all: to thine own self be true” what a wonderful quote(Thanks Will!) This is what you should be portraying in your CV.  A CV as you may or may not know, should be a “snapshot” of who you are today with a frame suited to what you are currently seeking. (e.g. goals, roles etc) Apologies, but for some reason I cannot stop rhyming!

If you’re like me and have perfected a CV,  you know that it takes a lot of time, effort and thought.  (almost as much as the actual interview preparation takes) Yet, for some reason, many employers and companies  ask that you complete an application to make it easier for them to read or score.  I do understand the reason behind this but disagree that the CV should completely be eliminated. It’s almost like asking someone to cover their phone calls at work… even though they use and answer the phone, they don’t specifically answer someone else’s. They have the knowledge and confidence with their calls or in this case, their CV, which is a personal and professional presentation.

There is also very little CV preparation and guidance support from educational institutions, which needs to change. I’ve received numerous CV’s from applicants during my career from under 30’s that were so poor, I was almost tempted to fix them all to give them a chance at securing an interview.  We live in a competitive world these days and how you present yourself on paper is quite important. Although…. I’d be curious to conduct a test without the need for a CV and invite someone in who calls and asks for an interview because they want a job doing what we’re advertising.  Hmmmmm

LinkedIn is also a good way of showcasing your professional background and if an applicant has recommendations included, “wallah” instant reference’s! Genius! How many employer’s today use LinkedIn to recruit?  Perhaps a lot more than a couple of years ago.

So I ask you the question again…. CV or not CV?

By the way, I have included a pretty good CV-template-2015, for those that need one.  Just doing my bit to help.

As always, I welcome comments and suggestions.

Hands-on

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