CVs & Age Discrimination

This topic returns regularly: age discrimination when searching for a job.

In order to be successful at job hunting, the stats tell us that experienced managers who are 50+ need:

  • approx. 2 weeks longer to find a job
  • to build longer target lists of companies when applying
  • to be more selective / thoughtful when preparing said list

There are also tips on how to improve the CV, in order not to scream “I’m close to retirement”:
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3 signs that you’re a bad candidate

The scary truth is: headhunters and recruiters are very sensitive to some warning signs that whether you – as a candidate – might be potentially troublesome down the line. If you show any of them, you can be sure that you will not be kept in the recruitment process. Here the most important “red lights”: Read more

The worst & the best C-level CVs

If writing a CV is so easy, why do most CVs we receive from experienced managers and (senior) executives contain most basic mistakes?

We were asked to review a CV by 376 experienced managers since 1.1.2017. 424 times in 2016… a total of 1530 times since 2014.

Here is the data for 2017 only. If the CVs were graded on a scale from 0 to 10, with 10 being the highest score: Read more

CV & Project Portfolio for Project Managers

What makes a good CV? Oh well, we could write lots of books on this topic (actually, we have written one already, you can download a free version here: Job Hunting Director).

Now, how do application documents prepared for Project Managers differ from the others? Read more

The art of writing a cover/motivation letter

What do you want to achieve when sending your CV to a headhunter? Or directly to a company? You want to get hired, right? Wrong!

It’s as if you walked into a bar and asked the first man or woman that you like to marry you. What about dating? Having a coffee first? Getting to know each other? Every step might get you closer to a wedding. Same when looking for a job. Read more

Do you have a horoscope CV?

We recently spotted an article published by Dariusz Uzycki: a brilliant post on how candidates get their (on and offline) CVs very wrong by trying to be appealing to a wide range of people on the job market. Read more

Kill 6 birds with one stone

Myth: a candidate can be hired right away by sending one email that includes a generic motivation letter and an average CV. Let’s be realistic: not gonna happen.

Imagine: Read more

Candidates & their CVs: good product, bad packaging

The CV Report we prepare for our clients and its point system are designed under the following assumptions:

  • Your CV is your business card and therefore should be perfect.
  • An ideal résumé communicates your personality and traits as an executive.
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