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CV Secrets - What To Know In the 2021 Job Market

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Aisling Harrison Blog, CV, Career Advice...

In what is usually the busiest time of year for new hires, this January, with so many casualties of COVID in the candidate pool, we can expect to see more CVs circulating than ever!

Here are some CV secrets that challenge some common myths:​​

SOME EMPLOYERS ACTUALLY HATE CVS

It’s true! Although CVs or other similar forms of application are required for most jobs, some employers really despise them in the recruitment process.

Why?

Well, while CVs can be informative, they do not reveal what a candidate is like personally or as a cultural fit.  

In addition, although someone may sound perfect on paper, it’s no way to test their practical skills and knowledge in real-life situations.

What some hiring employers much prefer than a standard CV is something innovative and personable. A simple phone call just to express your genuine interest and ask for more information. Or something really creative like making a video introducing yourself or showcasing your work is much preferred by some.

But, if a CV is required for an application, then it is a necessity.

YOUR CV CAN’T COVER EVERYTHING

While we emphasise the importance of making every word count on your CV, it’s impossible to fit absolutely all of your relevant information into it.

Candidates must be selective when choosing which of their skills and experience are most relevant to the job spec. The longer your career and employment history, the more you have to include, but recruiters and employers are only interested in what is relevant or transferable.

The purpose of a CV is to grab the reader’s attention quickly. You have the opportunity to go into further detail in your cover letter and at later stages of the recruitment process.

EMPLOYMENT GAPS WON’T RUIN YOUR CHANCES

Some candidates fear that gaps in their employment history will deter recruiters or employers from pursuing their CV.

This is not true. There are so many reasons as to why candidates may have had time out of work, and as of 2020, the COVID pandemic can be added to that list of reasons!

Family commitments, redundancy, health reasons, education or travelling … whatever your reason for having some time out of employment, there’s no need to hide it. While you do not need to go into lengthy, personal detail, you can refer to any gaps in your CV.

In a sentence, explain if you did anything to benefit your employability in your time off or why you are looking forward to returning to work.

CVS DO NOT NEED TO LOOK LIKE ARTFUL MASTERPIECES

In a digital world with so many tools and applications easily available, candidates can often feel the pressure to ensure their CV looks a certain way.

Colour schemes, different fonts, headshots, graphics, fancy backgrounds … and that’s without writing the relevant details!

If you were pursuing a design role, then it makes sense to exhibit your skills with a creative CV - but do not forget the most important aspect to any CV is that it is clear, concise and easy to read.

If you’re not applying for a creative role that requires strong design or digital skills, why should your CV look like you do? Don’t overwhelm yourself, and stay focused on what you’re writing and ensure it is relevant!  

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