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Why Your CV Won’t Be Read Properly

Why Your CV Won’t Be Read Properly

They don’t. Or rather they don’t read it in detail. Only yesterday I discussed this issue with my some of my friends working in the recruitment industry. All of them admitted that very rarely they take the time to read CV correctly before entering the room to interview the candidate. I wonder if that is typical for the search market or does it take place in internal HR team as well. I would argue that the only people reading CV properly are hiring managers. Those who will ultimately work with the selected candidate. They want to know what have you done before to judge whether you have relevant skills. Other people in the process have a different goal: they want…

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Don’t Make this 5 Common CV Mistakes

If you are asking yourself whether your CV is well written or you are wondering if anything in it should be changed, allow me to tell you the five most common mistakes I come across in CVs. Let me be clear – these are not massive mistakes that will destroy your chances securing an interview. They will, though, affect the impression you make. And when you are competing with numerous other candidates for a recruiter’s attention, you want to make sure that the impact your CV has is completely positive. The five major (but easily corrected!) CV mistakes that I see time and time again are: 1. Trying to fit everything onto 1 or 2 pages This stems from career…

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An Elusive Cover Letter – Is It Needed and How to Write

A cover letter is perhaps the most baffling part of the recruitment process. Your motivation seems straightforward – you need to earn money. So what is the point of writing a separate letter about this? And yet everybody seem to expect it. What to do? I’ll focus today on why and when a cover letter is necessary, how to write one and what the most common mistakes are when drafting it Letter from the past Let us start by investigating the origin of the cover letter idea. Nowadays, it seems to be a totally unnecessary step, but cover letters start to make sense if you go back 10-15 years. In those ancient times, candidates had to physically post their applications,…

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4 Methods to Find a Job (and Tricks to Make Them Work For You)

4 Methods to Find a Job (and Tricks to Make Them Work For You)

You probably already know that it’s difficult to find a job. It takes time and effort, and most likely you will be rejected at least once in the process. Are you also making it even harder for yourself by limiting the ways you look for a job? Do you too reply to job ads only? However, there are more options! To be precise, there are four main ways of searching for a job. Each has its pros and cons, and each can be used with a little trick to increase your chances of success. Below I explain each in detail, so you can decide which one will work best for you and use this information to make looking for a new job easier. Advertisements…

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5 Secrets Behind Each Great CV

5 Secrets Behind Each Great CV

It’s exciting to look for a new job, but it’s usually less fun to update your CV. Or maybe even to rewrite it? There is so much noise out there about how good CV should look like, what to include, what to omit, how many pages it should have, etc. And all you want is just few clear guidlines how to do it right. In my view all these issues are important, but they all come after your CV meets 5 basic guidelines. Get them right and you’ll be able to write a winning CV for every job. What do you find most challenging when writing your resume? From my perspective, as somebody who reads at least 100-150 CVs every…

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