So much has been spoken, written, discussed and analysed about the CV. Roughly translated it means “the course of life” but it has come to represent a marketing document that will represent you effectively in your jobhunting. Love it or hate it, it’s where we all start when we need to find a new job. Should it be two or three pages? Should you include a photo, your date of birth or details of your referees? How relevant are your leisure interests? Some helpful tips can be found on the Shine Charity Recruitment website http://www.shinecharityrecruitment.co.uk/recruitment/cv-tips/
Once you have spent a few hours writing a high impact CV and playing with the layout for best effect, you then find that the majority of vacancies require you to complete an application form. Admittedly, you could cut and paste from your CV, but often you are required to evidence your experience against the job description.
It could be that with the increase in the use of Social Media, in the future you may simply be asked to provide the URL to your LinkedIn Profile, so it is important to ensure that this is as up-to-date and relevant as possible. In addition, this gives you the opportunity to include recommendations or testimonials from the outset.
Personally, I am a big fan of the CV. I like to see how candidates market themselves, their presentation and written communication skills can be demonstrated in a CV. It is quite interesting to see what they include and what they leave out. Of course, you can’t be sure if they actually wrote their own CV or paid someone to do it for them!