In the current recruitment market competition for senior jobs is fierce. Senior roles may attract over a hundred applications and for that reason dusting off the old CV and hoping for the best is simply not going to work. Many employers and recruitment agencies are now using sophisticated screening software to short-list candidates and as a result many otherwise very experienced senior managers are getting rejected simply because they haven’t written their CV effectively and haven’t used the correct key words and phrases. Sending in the wrong kind of CV will result in repeated rejections without ever getting to the interview stage. Read my article in The Daily Telegraph to see how this “Computer Says No” recruitment model can effect even senior level job applications.
Having a carefully constructed CV will ensure that you really stand out from the crowd and ensure that your CV is read by a human recruiter (and not rejected by a computer!). Most importantly a strong CV which highlights your relevant experience for the job and includes the right key words and phrases will get you short-listed for interviews. The biggest mistake made by job hunters is to send off the same CV for every job application. That won’t work. Every job is unique and you need to customize your CV (and covering letter) for every job that you apply for.
You could certainly try to do this yourself but for many busy senior managers it makes sense to get a professional to write the CV and accompanying cover letter and LinkedIn profile. A properly targeted CV can dramatically improve your chances of being short-listed for interviews.
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My name is Jeremy I'Anson. I'm the author of the best selling job search book You're Hired Total Job Search and I write careers advice articles for Computer Weekly and Guardian Careers. I'm the official Careers Coach for The Daily Telegraph. I've had many years experience working in recruitment and I've helped hundreds of job hunters at every level from intern to CEO to find and secure a job.
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