Zena Everett, leading career coach and CV expert at Second Careers, described CVs as a "a marketing document" that can assist people in gaining an interview, but noted that applicants are too often sending in exhaustive bullet-pointed lists of everything they have ever done in their career.
Another common faux pas is to include list of responsibilities cut and pasted from a job description, which is likely to deter recruiters who may only have time to scan a CV to see if it is relevant and of interest to them.
"So, your CV has to nail the job description that you are applying for rather than being a generic document. Make it specific and focused on the job you want to do next. The reader wants to understand what makes you special and what you have to offer them," she advised.
Before jobseekers begin drafting their CV, Ms Everett said they should put themselves in the recruiter's position and highlight the keywords and phrases that they are asking for, before incorporating these into the resume and focusing on meeting the relevant criteria of the role.
This technique will help candidates to "stand out from the crowd", though leftfield tactics such as including a photo with the CV or using quirky formatting should be avoided.
"Concentrate on relevant, specific content that showcases your achievements and your suitability for the role," the expert concluded.
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