Careers Corner - CV preparation - Get a Winning CV
A CV is often the first and only opportunity you will get to impress your target employer. It might surprise you to know that on average the person assessing your CV will spend no more than 20 or 30 seconds scanning it. This was the case even in our previous boom economy when good employees were hard to find. Right now employers are being inundated with CVs even without advertising positions.
It is therefore extremely important that your CV stands out from the crowd. It needs to provide the reader with a reason to interview you or at least to read to the end of your CV. It needs to sell you properly. This means setting out your experience in a way that highlights your key strengths and achievements and provides easy links for the employer between their requirements and your competencies.
At Consulting Excellence we provide two types of CV preparation service:
Online CV Service
CV preparation clinics
Online CV Services
Our online CV services provide access to professional, well structured and tailored CVs to meet your specific needs. By purchasing an online CV preparation service you will receive a brand new or revised designed to ensure your skills, experience and expertise are highlighted to best effect.
We provide two types of online CV preparation service:
Executive CV Service (Aimed at those who need a completely new CV, significant updating or reworking and those moving into Executive positions who need something extra - This service level includes a telephone consultation lasting approximately 30 - 40 minutes)
Medical CV Service (Aimed at those in or seeking senior medical positions and in need of a complsignificant updating or reworking of CV - This service level includes a telephone consultation lasting approximately 30 - 40 minutes)
To find out more or to purchase this service please click here.
CV preparation clinics
Delivered as a one-to-one service, these clinics are aimed at those who wish to improve their interview "hit" rate. The primary focus of these clinics is to help you understand:
What should be included in your CV
What CV structure best suits your particular circumstances
How to tailor your CV to the specific job requirements
A CV preparation clinic will normally involve two sessions (1 hour each) and can be provided in-house for corporate clients. Following the first sessions clients will prepare a draft CV for critique and fine tuning during session two.
This is ideal for those who want to learn how to tailor and develop their own CVs.
Book a CV Prepapration Clinic Now:
Book Sessions 1 & 2 - €270
Book Session 1 only - €140
Book session 2 only - €140
**Once payment has been received you will be contacted to set up a suitable time. Please note that Clinic sessions take place in Dublin.
CV Preparation Clinics can also be facilitated by Skype. Please contact us for more details.
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Resume Writing - 3 Tips for Success by Amber Lowery
Resume writing is possibly the biggest stumbling block for folks who are looking for a job. While it may seem simple, there are allot of subtle things that really matter. Potential employers are flooded with resumes in response to their job postings, and you only have a few short moments to make it or your resume will end up in the trash. So, how do you optimize your resume to make it likely to get read? Here are 3 great tips to get you started.
1. Be Comprehensive, yet Succinct.
While your resume should contain a detailed account of your qualifications and accomplishments, you need to keep on topic specific to the job you are applying for. If you are applying for a position as an office manager, for example, you don't need to include references to your stint as a rodeo clown. The prospective employer will likely be interested only in the skills and work experience that relates directly to the position they are trying to fill. Give them what they are looking for. Take a thorough account of your work history and skillset and choose to highlight what is relevant, and eliminate or downplay the items that are irrelevant. This strategy of niche resume writing keeps your resume focused and gives you the advantage of appearing to be the most qualified candidate for the job.
2. Your Resume Should be Formatted Nicely
Kooky fonts and such may be okay for personal communications, but your resume should be more "standardized". You want it to appear as neat and tidy as... well, yourself, right? A typewritten resume using standard fonts such as Times New Roman and Arial on high quality plain white paper will be a winner every time. You also need to pay close attention to your spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Nothing would be more embarrassing than a resume with typos, grammatical errors, and misspellings. Not only embarrassing, but presenting a resume with errors will not impress potential employers and will likely land your resume in the trash can. Don't rely on computer based spelling and grammar checks. Check it yourself, and if possible, get someone else to check it for you as well. Also be wary of the reformatting that sometimes happens when you upload your resume to an Internet based resume submission service. Allot of times, you will loose your careful formatting only to find it replaced with the wrong margin, strange fonts and worse. Before you send it, check it!
3. Show Enthusiasm
Your resume and cover letter should not be something that you write begrudgingly. You are excited about the job you are applying for, correct? Well, then show it! Your excitement will come across in your resume and cover letter and will impress perspective employers. Whenever it makes sense to, use action words to describe your career history and goals.