A Guide To An Excellent CV – Part 1

I think it makes sense at this stage to give you a brief history of who I am and what qualifies me to write a blog about how to create an Excellent CV, a topic I really enjoy.

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 Elk Recruitment.  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 Excellent 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 seriously?
  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 your fate.

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 favor, blow the dust of your CV and ask yourself,

Does your Excellent CV impress or depress a reader?

Does your Excellent CV represent your current skillset?

Are you excited and proud of yourself when you read your Excellent CV?

As a document does its professionalism represent your professionalism?

Does it match the Job I am applying for?

Would I hire me based on this Excellent CV?

Thank you for reading and I hope you will find the coming articles helpful,