LostAs a University Career Consultant I see CVs every day created by a variety of people and for a variety of purposes. I direct people to resources and provide face to face advice that can help them prepare or improve a CV so that their skills, aptitudes, knowledge and experience (credentials), in relation to a particular field or specific position, are presented in a targeted, logical, persuasive and professional way.

CV advice is of course widely available and easily sourced but this presents a problem as it is often contradictory at least superficially. Friends, professionals, websites and books can all provide valuable information but if you’re seeking consistent advice then you’ll be disappointed. CV examples and templates are also readily available online and vary hugely in strategy, layout and length. The result for the uninitiated is frequently a CV that simply doesn’t work. Why not? Poorly understood or inappropriate information or advice is being applied.

Only you know the specifics of the skills, aptitudes, knowledge and experience that you are offering and the roles you will be applying for. Therefore advice has to be interpreted in the context of ‘who you are’ and the credentials and type of work you’ll be applying for.    Similarly templates should be treated as ‘temporary scaffolding’ rather than a permanent structure and this means you should be prepared, if necessary, to change headings and even the format as you proceed. A good CV contains a clear personal narrative, a destination (work role) and confidence of what needs to be evidence that the destination is achievable communicated in a clear, concise and evidence-based manner.

I was prompted to remind our students and graduates that we provide reliable CV advice at Vic Careers, by an article I read recently which looks, in some useful detail, at some of the CV issues that cause the most confusion. The article: The 5 Biggest Resume Debates Among Recruiters—Finally Answered looks at: The Multi-page Resume; The “Creative” Resume; The “Pretty” Resume; The Interests Section; The “Updated” Job Title. I hope you find it useful. http://bit.ly/18arrsL

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