Stellar CV’s – Attention to Detail Counts

Resume I have seen lots of c.v.’s in my time working with professional women and most have a great deal of experience they can feature. However, one of the biggest killers of a good c.v. not lack of experience – it is plain sloppiness. I am amazed how many times I have seen c.v’s that look like they haven’t had a second pair of eyes on them or include daft contact e-mail addresses like I know one I.T. recruiter who bins any c.v. coming in that has ridiculous e-mail addresses. Another piece of advice would be to avoid contact e-mails that may give away the fact that you are returning to the market after a long hiatus – like If you want your own job, for goodness sake, get your own e-mail address!

A few tips that I use with my own clients are:

  1. Use spell check AND a second set of eyes
  2. Avoid cutesy/ridiculous e-mail addresses
  3. Use present tense for current role/ past for previous roles
  4. Use short sentences that begin with an action verb … "Managed, Decreased, Led, Saved"
  5. Quantify achievements… how much money did your project make or save the company?
  6. Avoid putting your salary or photo on the c.v.
  7. Create individual c.v’s tailored to each job application highlighting relevant experience.   


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  • Mark

    Fairly solid advice, though I might just chuck out a c.v. myself using the grocer’s apostrophe ["c.v.'s" as a plural]!
    Teasing aside, it depends how desperate you are to find someone good. When looking through the CVs [as I prefer to write them] of applicants to be my part-time secretary here in Budapest, past experience working with Hungarians made me pretty liberal when judging their applications.
    Much of the time you’ll need to train someone how to do the job you want them to do for you anyway [even if you don't have the time], so it’s a lucky few employers who can afford to throw out applicants’ CVs for putting a photo on, for example. In any case, I found photos useful when meeting the applicants for interview at a local cafe. It meant I could find them since I knew what they looked like.
    One of the best applicants, a very sober married woman with considerable experience working for major film companies, used and still uses, a bizarre e-mail address. I’m glad I didn’t throw her CV out but instead hired her.
    Mark Griffith, journalist, editor