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CV Myths Answered

 

What you include on a CV seems to be a bit of a mystery to a lot of people; they either include every personal detail about themselves or so little information you’d think they were part of the witness projection program.

The truth is a good resume lies somewhere in between, but it’s not always easy to know where to draw the line. Try this little true-or-false resume quiz to see if your CV skills are respectable and up-to-date.

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1.A CV is about your past jobs

2.The most important thing on a resume is your objective

3.Never list unpaid work or work gaps

4.Combine short term jobs into one line item

5.Go back only 10 to 15 years

6.Listing hobbies on your CV is a good idea

7.A decorative CV makes you stand out

 

Now let’s see how you did!

1. A CV is about your past jobs

False. Recruiters don’t really care what you did. They want to know how effective you were at doing it. Just saying you were the “HR Manager; duties included maintaining the employee handbook…” doesn’t tell us if you were good at your job or not. However, if you were to say, “HR Manager; Converted the employee handbook to an online, interactive document so that employees always had access to the latest information…” well, now we’re learning more about what you’re capable of.

3. The one of the most important things on your CV is your objective

True. An objective shows your interviewer that you have a sense of direction. It indicates you’ve put some thought into your future and that you have career goals and ambition. Employers like to hire people who know what they want out of a job, because these are the people who come up with the big, creative ideas to get there.

4. Never list unpaid work or work gaps

False. List it all; volunteer work, internships, and unpaid work. Many employers appreciate volunteer achievements, especially if they relate to the company's industry or to the job functions. If you have a work gap, the employer will want to know what you were doing during this time.

5. Combine short term jobs into one line item

True. Individually listing every little, short-term job you ever had clutters up your CV. For example, if you were a self-employed graphic designer for three years, and in that time you had 10 clients, then just say, “2001-2004: Graphic Designer (self-employed). Client list and references available upon request.” But then have that list and those references on hand in case your interviewer asks for them.

6. Go back only 10 to 15 years

True. If you left school 30 years ago, it’s really not necessary to list every single job you’ve ever had. It’s likely that the first job you had since leaving school probably isn’t relevant to the current position you’re applying to 30 years into your career. Plus, going back only 15 years allows you to be vague about your age, which legally an interviewer can’t ask you about, anyway. Just list your history as Recent Work Experience.

7. Listing hobbies on your resume is a good idea

True and False (trick question). If you have a hobby that’s pertinent to the job you’re applying for, then yes, include it. For example, if you’re applying as an art director, and you dabble in photography, then that might help get you hired. However, we don’t care if you’re into scrapbooking, Moroccan cooking, or origami napkin folding.

8. A decorative CV makes you stand out

False. It looks pretentious, and black ink on coloured paper can sometimes be hard to read. The employer is more interested in what’s actually on the CV. It’s best to stick to white paper, using a CV format appropriate to the job you’re applying for.

 
Why You Shouldn't Take A Counter Offer
2012/07/11

 

You’ve been offered a great new job at a company, you’ve just handed in your resignation and you’re all set to go, but then your current company offers you an enticing pay rise. What do you do?   At first glance this may seem like a very tempting offer, but the chances are, it will end badly.

Here are some possible outcomes of deciding to take a counter offer:

 
Spring Clean Your CV!
2013/04/02

narcissus-6136 640Nobody enjoys updating their CV. However, putting it off will only have negative effects on your job search. There is no point putting the effort into searching and applying for jobs if you’re CV is only going to let you down at the first stage.

 

So now is the time to stop ignoring your old-fashioned and out of date CV for another day. Go and grab a cup of coffee, sit down at your computer and let’s make some changes to get your CV back up to scratch!

 

 
9 Tips for Being a Successful Freelancer
2012/12/12

 

People choose to be a freelancer for many different reasons; it’s a great way to get experience and build a reputation in the creative industry, it also works well for people who aren’t looking to work full time. Whatever your reason, being a successful freelancer will require a bit of effort. But don’t panic - we are here to help! Below are some of our top tips to help you make the most out of being a freelancer.


1.Continually build your portfolio

Keep building your portfolio with any work from recent freelance projects. Being a freelancer means you will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects so by displaying a range of work in your portfolio will show companies that you are flexible and versatile. So make sure you ask the company if you can take a PDF of the work you’ve done to put in your portfolio.

 

 
How To Create An Effective LinkedIn Profile
2013/06/05

4633798280 4cb624841e zLinkedIn is the largest professional social network online today with over 135 million users and a targeted audience of business professionals. Your profile often provides your first impression to employers and recruiters and therefore creating and maintaining your LinkedIn account is essential.

 

Your profile should provide employers and recruiters with a concise snapshot of your employment history, accomplishments, education and strengths. This guide will show you how to create a professional and effective LinkedIn profile to showcase you to your best potential. So whether you are completely new to LinkedIn or your just looking to improve your profile then please read on.

 
5 Tips for a Successful Telephone Interview
2013/03/06

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With so much demand for jobs it is now becoming more common for employers to arrange a telephone interview with applicants before inviting them in for an interview. A telephone interview is your first opportunity to impress the employer so it is important to not treat it with any less importance than a face to face interview.

 

However, people come across differently on the phone than in person so for many a telephone interview is a daunting prospect, especially for those who are inexperienced with them. But there are several simple things to keep in mind in order to come across as confident and professional to help you land a face to face interview with the company.

 

1. Smile and be confident. 

We all know the best way to appear happy and confident. Smiling! Even though the interview can’t see your face, smiling actually makes our voice sound happier and friendlier. Relax and smile and you should come across as positive and confident.

 
A Quick Guide to Creating a Twitter CV
2013/02/27

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The use of Twitter by both job seekers and recruiters is dramatically increasing, so an effective way to be found by employers is to write a mini CV, AKA a Twitter Resume or a “Twesume” as it sometimes referred to as.

 

So, what do you need in order to create a Twitter Resume? Well not much to be honest. If you have a CV and you have a Twitter account then you are half way there!

 

 
8 Tips For Getting Up Early This Winter
2013/01/21

 

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We all struggle to get out of bed in the mornings sometimes, and winter just makes it harder. It’s cold and dark outside and your cosy warm bed just seems too tempting to leave. But if you want to feel fresh and awake in the mornings (and not have a mad rush to get to work in time!) try these tips: 

 

1. Keep a glass of water by your bed

Drinking water as soon as you wake up will help stimulate the body and help you stay awake. So keep a glass or bottle of water next to your bed and have a sip as soon as you wake up.

 

2. When you wake up, get up

You wake up and look over at your clock to realise that you still have 10 minutes before you need to get up. Great yeah?! 10 more minutes sleep! No, don’t do it! If you’ve woken up naturally then you are probably feeling fairly awake. If you try snoozing for another 10 minutes, chances are you will actually feel sleepier when you’re alarm goes off 10 minutes later. So when you wake up – get up!

 

 
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