Lots of great CV writing advice all in one place!
You're asking a lot from your CV. In only two pages (or sometimes even one) you need to show a hiring manager that you can do the job, that you're the sort of person that they're looking for, and that you'll make a great impact on the organisation.
What an employer most wants to see on your CV is proof that you can do the job you're applying for - preferably within the first few seconds of reading.
The people who seem to ask for help most with their CVs are generally not those who have held similar jobs throughout their careers.
Of all the CV problems people worry about, having unexplained gaps seems to the biggest, judging by the questions we get in the Guardian Careers CV clinics.
Most people apply for jobs in the same way. They submit their CV to a job board or to a recruiter.
When I see CVs like this one
, it makes my heart sink.
A while back I read a great post (on the then BNET) on 5 types of undervalued workers (or some such title). It's quite similar to this one by Jeff Haden on where to find your next great hire
How many times have you applied for a role that could have been written for you, but not got anywhere with your application?
Employers: you only have yourselves to blame if you receive a whole slew of bland, cliche-filled CVs and covering letters.