Given the choice between a job candidate with a perfect resume and one who has fought through difficulty, human resources executive Regina Hartley always gives the “Scrapper” a chance. As someone who grew up with adversity, Hartley knows that those who flourish in the darkest of spaces are empowered with the grit to persist in an ever-changing workplace.
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Actually why not? This article:
raises some excellent points of why non-job-seekers should update their CVs.
1. Remind yourself of your skills and achievements
2. Give yourself a confidence boost
3. Understand yourself better
4. Reflect on your key lessons and identify development areas
5. Develop a clearer idea of your strengths
6. See the thread that binds your body of work together
7. Prepare yourself for the worst
We could not agree more! You know where to find us ;)
I’ve received this suggestion, “Perhaps you could consider evaluating email signatures as well? I have several versions and add e.g. social links when I feel they are useful, but I always try not to overload the signature while at the same time always including sufficient contact info, basically the signature should be relevant to the email.”
The most important fragment of the above is “the signature should be relevant to the email”. Read more
We are constantly asked whether we would share templates of recommended CV formats. Our answer to that is always, “No, we don’t use templates.” And we don’t use the same structure for every client, because every executive has a unique situation with a goal of their own. BUT what we do have is a set of rules that we abide by. And these we can share… so we prepared this presentation (watch it full screen for best effects):
Several month ago we introduced a new tool called “CV Report” that helped us, Career Angels, explain to potential clients what they had to improve on their CV. As it was initially meant to be a support tool and not a stand-alone one, we decided to ask 10 experienced managers from the LinkedIn group “Kariera Managera – Executive Careers in Poland” to volunteer their CVs in exchange for a CV Report. And in return we wanted to have their opinion on their expectations, etc. Read more
While sending your CV to the decision maker (or to the headhunter), you will stumble over some obstacles. Firstly: you want them to open your e-mail. Secondly: once they have read it, you want them to open your CV instead of hitting the “delete” button. Thirdly: you want them to read the whole document after they have read your profile summary. Fourthly: you want to be invited to an interview. The third and the fourth obstacle can be overcome by an exceptionally good CV. The first and the second by a well-written motivation letter… that was some time ago… Read more
The project portfolio includes additional relevant information that did not fit into the CV. We recommend describing on average three selected projects of either high complexity or spectacular successes. A well-structured add-on furthermore sets you aside as a motivated, well-prepared candidate, communicates your work style and train of thought. It shows your reasoning abilities, analytical skills and business acumen. The formatting should be coherent with your CV. Read more
Preparing your CV avoid:
– writing in the first person. It makes the whole text more difficult to read. We know that there are career coaches that claim otherwise. We’ve verified with HR Directors and CEOs.
– enlisting your character traits or soft skills like “I am a creative person.” You are an executive and not a student! The entirety of the CV should perspire with your personality, which agreeably is Read more
We asked Executive Search Consultants how important the quality of the CVs for them is. Below, you will find some of their answers:
Mark Hamill, Global Managing Directors, SpenglerFox, “The quality of a CV is pretty important. A poorly prepared CV raises question marks. As to the length, we are in a world of information overload. Better short than long. A powerful 1-pager.” Read more
Your CV is your business card. It is the first impression you will make on the recipient of your CV before they actually meet you. That is why the quality of the CV is so important.
Prior to putting your CV together, answer those three questions:
- Who will read my CV and what information will be essential and relevant to them?