The future of CV

Normally, the first mistake in writing a CV stems from the lack of experience in selling yourself on paper. Job seekers constantly focus on their previous duties and their future expectations. The recruiter has to sift through pages of non-relevant biographical data to find some indication of why the particular candidate is the ideal person for the job. The difference between getting an interview and an extremely long job search lies in the content, lay-out, and professionalism portrayed through the CV.

  • Examples, templates, guidelines and advice on good CV writing and cover letters.
  • Guidance on interviews
  • Career advice
  • International job resources
  • Information on how to post a CV online
  • Specific types of CVs such as the chronological, targeted, functional or combination types
  • Assistance with weaknesses

Resume writing for different countries and business cultures

Most recruiters won't give a second glance at a CV with spelling mistakes, cluttered pages and irrelevant information. The team at teaches candidates the secrets of good CV writing, avoiding mistakes, and assists in customizing the CV to be relevant for the current global business environment.

The CV is by and large the only document a recruiter has to evaluate the job candidate before the interview. It should thus distinguish you from other candidates. A person may fail to get the interview because the CV said more about what the company can do for the worker, than what the candidate can contribute to the enterprise. The CV should reflect your biggest accomplishments and must be concise enough to glance through and get a good impression of your abilities. CVs that are too long aren't read just as vague and general descriptions will not suffice.

Employers and providers are looking for the following:

  • Transferable skills and job proficiency that comes from experience
  • Tactical and strategic planning capabilities
  • Resourcefulness and analytical thinking skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to manage and delegate tasks
  • Reliability and trustworthiness
  • Originality and determination to succeed
  • Leadership qualities
Companies are no longer desperate to find the right employees since the demand for jobs far outweighs the supply. Whereas job seekers could afford to provide general CVs in the past, they now have to write targeted CVs. The functional CV is more effective than a long formal job description. The American type resume is now more popular than the three or four page CV of a few years ago. Recruiters in the digital economy have limited time and thus only scan through the information. Bulleted lists of achievements and possible contributions to the company make it easier to select the right candidate.

The CV of today must have an introduction in the form of a summary of how the candidate can add value to the company. The document should also end in a sketch of the candidate's skills, achievements, assets, and experience.

The Internet has opened a new recruitment style and the possibility to hire people from around the globe; making the CV even more important as the first impression tool. We can expect an increase in Internet recruitment and as such more emphasis will be placed on shorter and e-mail or online friendly resumes.