I think it makes sense at this stage to give you
a brief history of who I am and what qualifies me to blog about this topic
which I am very passionate about.
I am 40 years of age, married to a beautiful
wife and we have three amazing kids, along with a dog, horse, 2 cats a rabbit
and 3 fish, there is always noise, dirty football boots, ballet, Xbox, iPad,
tears and laughter and that’s what we do to unwind! My professional career started in business
over 16 years ago. During this time I have completed a Master’s Degree, worked
as a direct employee at group level, been a management consultant
internationally, professional profiler and most recently a business owner of a
recruitment firm that operates globally.
I love what I do and really enjoy working with people and sharing the
knowledge I have gained to date in the hope it helps somewhat.
Over the past 2 years I have created many CV’s
for family and friends and friends of friends and eventually as word got out, I
was being asked by professionals across multiple industries such as hair and
beauty, Arts, Golfing, Construction, Armed forces, Manufacturing, Senior
Management, Electrical etc… to assist them in creating a professional, legible
and promoting CV that would get them noticed, and to date the results and
feedback from employers and candidates has been excellent.
So why the Blog? During these past 16 years and
despite the plethora of free information available, 1000’s of CV’s have passed
my desk for junior and senior candidates and most of which are simply terrible!
in layout and content. To this day, it still baffles me as to why a
candidate would expect to get to an interview when it is quite clear to the
reader that they have put little or no effort into the presentation/content of
their CV knowing that this document will unfortunately determine whether they
get called for that interview or not.
I think the reason for this is twofold,
1. We don't weight the importance of our CV or
take it serious?
2. We don't understand that layout and content
is a game changer?
Your CV is your professional passport, your
representative voice pre interview and this document will determine largely
Over the next couple of articles which I hope
you find both useful and interesting, I would like to cover some CV basics with
you, such as Layout, Colour, Headings, Tone, Career History, Achievements,
Social Media, References and Hobbies and getting to know your CV.
So do your career a favour, blow the dust of your
CV and ask yourself,
Does your CV impress or depress a reader?
Does your CV represent your current skillset?
Are you excited and proud of yourself when you
read your CV?
As a document does its professionalism represent
Does it match the Job I am applying for?
Would I hire me based on this CV?
Thank you for reading and I hope you will find
the coming articles helpful,
Clive A, Dunne MSc