I remember going to an interview once and they asked me what my current boss would say in my reference, I replied, he’d say “you can’t have her, I don’t want her to leave”. They laughed.
Every time I’ve bothered to tailor make a CV to match a specific job application, I’ve ended up getting the job. Yes, it was time consuming, yes it took me ages, yes there was the time when my computer kept crashing and I ended up doing the CV five times and began to wonder if the Universe was trying to tell me something, but I stuck with it! But I got the job!
We all know that applying for a job can take a lot of time and effort. Sometimes you put together a CV, to find you also have to fill in an application form or answer essay type questions. It can feel like there’s a lot of hoops to jump through before you get anywhere near an interview. As it can be such a lengthy process, it very often leads to applicants making a mistakes.
With A Level and GCSE exams finally over, it might be that you’ve started to give some thought to what happens next. It might be that your next step is a job, either looking for a full time career or a part time job. If it is, to get a job, you’re going to need a CV. Putting a CV together can take time and if you’ve never had to do one before, where do you start?
I was shocked to see a recruiter advise people to use white text on their CV, stating by adding a third page which contained key words written in white text, they’d easily get through any filter. I thought the post was incredibly misguided, it’s alright telling people how to buck the system, but the fact remains that if your CV does manage to make it through, when an actual person reads it, you still won’t get the interview, let alone the job!