1. Does your CV have the title Curriculum Vitae or Resume on it?
Depends. It feels right. Sometimes it doesn’t.
Yes, of course, most definitely. Silly question!
No way! Obvious, isn’t it?
Well, I have different versions of them. Some are “old school.”
2. How long did it take you knock up your CV?
An hour or so (and maybe with a couple of glasses of wine or beer)
½ a day maybe.
A fair amount of one Weekend
I know people who’ve spent less time on a dissertation. It was blood, sweat and tears grinding away for a truly obscene amount of time.
3. Does your Personal Profile make it clear what you are looking to achieve?
My what?! What the hell is THAT?
I don’t want to get into that. I’ll talk about it in the interview.
My Personal Profile is a kind of ‘thumbnail sketch’ of who I am, hobbies, etc.
My Personal Profile makes it bloody well crystal clear what I want to achieve.
4. Is your CV/resume visually pleasing?
It’s just a bog standard CV. Good enough.
My CV is more about what I’ve done - not about looking good.
It truly does look pretty good if I do say so myself.
It is so beautiful that grown men have wept.
5. What about your contact details?
My email address is something email@example.com
It looks like something written on the wall in the loo.
It includes my customised LinkedIn URL and personal website URL.
It includes all the usual things: street address, mobile number, etc.
6. How tailored is your CV/resume?
My CV is suitable for any job. It can play any position on the pitch.
I have certain CVs for certain types of jobs I’m after.
I craft a unique CV for each position I’m going for.
If I can get my hands on a CV for someone already in a similar job, I just knock one up like that one.
7. How do you present your work history or work experience?
I just list where I worked and the dates.
I include descriptions of my responsibilities with each position.
I strive to showcase my notable and quantifiable achievements. I market myself as a dynamic potential asset.
I try not to say too much, and I pray that they won’t actually contact my previous employers.
8. Have you ever asked someone to critique your CV/resume?
No, it’s too private. I couldn’t get past feeling self-conscious about that.
I do that from time to time when I know someone who has a really good take on things like this.
I might show it to my mother, because she’s not going to be too harsh, even if it stinks.
Why would I want some prat prowling around in my CV?
9. Does your CV/resume indicate that you’re not sure what you really want to be doing?
Perhaps. What’s the harm in that? Just being honest. Right?
Sure. I want to show that I am keeping all options open. This application is just ONE of them.
Hmm. Off hand that doesn’t sound like the way to go.
Hell, no! That’s like blood in the water to sharks! My CV is all about getting me in the door.
10. What about having the CV/resume in a PDF file instead of a Word file?
Nah, just a bloody waste of time.
Well, it does look pretty nice, but I can make a Word file look just as good.
If I really want to impress them I’d be willing to go with a PDF CV.
Absolutely! Especially with online submissions. A Word file CV could get mangled on the other end. A PDF CV will always look exactly the way I designed it. Nothing left to chance there.
11. What about those “all purpose” CV/resume descriptors like “results oriented, “team player” or “self-motivated”?
I’m fine with those.
OK. Maybe you’ve got to be a bit careful so that it doesn’t sound cliché.
Not a fan of most of them. I think it’s a bit better to say something more specific.
They’re absolute rubbish! Steaming piles of meaningless nonsense. ‘Self motivated’ means what? That I’ll come to work most of the time?
12. What about typos and grammatical errors?
Doesn’t matter as long as there’s only a few – unless I’m applying to the Times or the Guardian.
To err is human. One or two isn’t a big deal really.
It’s smarter to read through it a few times, and really make an effort to get it letter perfect.
No. No. No. Not having it. Don’t want to look careless or worse like an ass. I’m putting my best foot forward here. No excuses. Absolutely bloody perfect.
13. Does your CV/resume show that you know the sector and the position?
I have no bloody Idea what you’re talking about.
If I’m trained or qualified for the position, they’ll see it. Not worried about that.
I might throw in some jargon or relevant keywords just to sound like a contender, but I don’t want to sound pretentious.
Of course. I’ll use the jargon and relevant keywords to show that I really belong – that I’m already “up to speed” and ready to jump right in.
14. How long is your CV/resume?
My CV/resume is just over 3 pages but I have loads to say & it’s obviously all relevant!
I’ve kept it concise & to the point.
My CV/resume is something like war and peace it keeps on going.
My CV is pin sharp tailored to the job & no more than 2 pages. I recognise if I was the employer I would my CV/resume to appeal not put them off because of the length!
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