The CV writing article below should give you a better idea about the art form that is CV writing.
At its most basic level, CV writing is exactly that; namely writing a curriculum vitae.
And some people actually write their CV with just this base intention in mind, and do so under the misapprehension that CV writing is all about listing your qualifications and work experience on a document.
This would be all well and good if that was actually the case in reality. However, it isn't. CV writing is essentially about getting you an interview for the job that you want. Essentially, a CV is a sales tool, and effective CV writing involves a lot more than just listing the companies you have worked for and your roles you have undertaken. On the contrary, a CV’s primary function is to sell you to the employer; and not just any employer, but the employer for the particular job that you are targeting.
Another mistake people make is that they think that CV writing is all about following sets of rules. And indeed, plenty of people, and even a lot of CV books try to train people parrot fashion to follow a particular formula. However, this is wholly flawed and highly ineffective.
Not only is each candidate different, but each employer is different and each job is different. Consequently, you not only should take a flexible approach when you write your CV, but you actually need to if you want to be successful. Indeed, you need to take a creative, individualised and unique perspective every time you write, amend or even tweak your CV.
While most people use one CV for their job applications, some people actually use two, three or more, depending upon the job in question. For example, an IT project manager might also have excellent hands-on programming skills, so he/she might have two separate CVs depending upon whether they are going for programming or project management jobs. Even then, if they want the best results it isn't a simple matter of just submitting the project manager CV for project management jobs, because you still need to take into account the individual employer, and the job in question. Yes, they may have a well targeted project manager CV, but if they want to increase their chances of gaining the advantage over their competitors then they still need to optimise it for the job in question each time.
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