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What the f**k

CV
is wrong with my
What’s wrong with my CV?
A: Nothing. There’s nothing particularly wrong with your CV.
Q: So how come I don’t always get shortlisted?
A: Ah! Well that’s not the same question. Fact of the matter is, your CV is
probably fine. But fine is no longer enough to get you onto the shortlist.
First problem ...
Employer
Approach

CVs

Job-Hunter
Approach

Adver;sing

Trusted	
  agency
Close	
  colleagues
Using	
  proven	
  people
Daniel Porot’s marvellous model (tweaked a bit)

From	
  within
CVs

Adver;sing

Too many of the jobs that are out there are being
filled before they even pop up into public view.
So you can be this fox, who has
learned how to find prey
beneath the snow ...

… or this one, who is still
hoping against hope for a juicy,
visible meal in the winter.
WIDGETS
Incorporated
e jet
put th
We
idget
into w

Rowan Manahan
I’m the MD, bitch!
If you have to go the conventional route and
join lots of other people in the hirer’s funnel ...
50
7

86%

3
1

You have to recognise the HUGE elimination rate at the
first stage - getting from the big pile onto the “possibles”
pile and thence to the shortlist, is truly Darwinian.
So the normal distribution doesn’t really apply.

Meh
It looks more like this.
“Screening and Selection” or “Screening
& Elimination? With no malice, the
reader is looking for a reason to chuck
your CV - any CV - into the bin.
Who really

MATTERS?
(Hint - not you. You need to follow Johnny’s advice and
get really good at stalking the people who will be
reading your CV. You have to get into their heads.)
The Ladders research, from Spring 2012,
used eye-tracking software as recruiters
read hundreds upon hundreds of CVs.
It is not a cheerful read ...
Name
Current title / Company
Previous title / Company

Previous position start/end dates
Current position start/end dates
Education
These are the hotspots.
“

If you wish to persuade
me, you must think
my thoughts, feel my
feelings, and
speak my words.
So get good, really good, at understanding what this
reader of this CV for this job is worried about ...
Linkedin is the 800lb gorilla, but it can cause complications if it in any
way contradicts the CV that you have sent in to a company. Not a
problem if you are an X and you are positioning yourself only for X-type
jobs. Very tricky indeed if you are transitioning into Y- or Z-type jobs.
Great book - highly recommended
Great site - highly recommended.
The webinars give you a real
insight into how recruiters are
viewing you and what they are
looking for.
SIZE MATTERS
Curriculum Vitae (abbrev. CV)
A brief account of a person’s education, qualifications,
professional history and occupations, typically sent
with a job application.
ORIGIN:

early 20th Cent.: from Latin, the course of life

Operative word: brief
900 to
1,100
words

So, pare it back!
EDUCATION & TRAINING
INSTITUTION

QUALIFICATION

Project Management
Institute

Project Management Prince 2

College, Location

Masters in Business Administration

YEAR

2013

(Practitioner Level)

2011

Thesis: Implementing ERP in the multinational setting

Company, Location

Advanced Presentation Skills

2009

ACCA

ACCA – Membership

2007

College, Location

B.Comm – 2:1 hons, Top 10 in class

2003

Electives: Human Resources and I.T.

School, Location

Leaving Certificate
525 points achieved

This is one area where a typical
CV can start to really sprawl.

2000
EARLY CAREER
JOB TITLE

COMPANY

Early (and frequently irrelevant)
career details can add pages...

YEARS
Write real

PURTY
For sale.
Baby shoes.
Never worn.

Doesn’t matter that it wasn’t
Hemingway - it’s great writing.
I	
  am	
  a	
  highly	
  experienced	
  Accountant,	
  with	
  a	
  number	
  of	
  
years	
  experience	
  in	
  the	
  financial	
  area	
  including	
  the	
  
Multinational	
  sector	
  and	
  Financial	
  Services.	
  Prior	
  to	
  
taking	
  up	
  a	
  career	
  in	
  Accountancy	
  I	
  ran	
  the	
  family	
  
business	
  for	
  a	
  number	
  of	
  years.	
  I	
  possess	
  strong	
  
interpersonal	
  and	
  communication	
  skills,	
  with	
  the	
  ability	
  
to	
  interact	
  effectively	
  &	
  professionally	
  with	
  clients	
  and	
  
colleagues	
  at	
  all	
  levels.	
  I’m	
  a	
  team	
  player	
  with	
  a	
  strong	
  
work	
  ethic,	
  while	
  I’m	
  an	
  ethe other hand, is learner	
  with	
  ability	
  
nthusiastic	
  88
This, on
wasted words and does not make work	
  situations.	
  	
  
to	
  adapt	
  quickly	
  to	
  meew	
  ato meethallenging	
  
n want nd	
  c this candidate.
One false word, one extra word, and somebody’s
thinking about how they have to buy paper towels
at the store.
Brevity is very important. If you’re going to be
longwinded, it should be for a purpose. Not just
because you like your words.

Amen!
SELL, DON’T TELL
Far too may writers waste far too much space detailing the things
they are responsible for. I can’t distinguish one Management
Accountant from another on the basis of responsibilities.
So, no copying and pasting from your job description please.
Contributions
Suggestions

E
C
Wins N
E
R
E
F
F

I projects
DSpecial
Over-and-above

Tell me about the things you have done that are in some way
special, the things that have made a difference to your boss.
WOO THE EYES
If your document is badly laid-out, has too small a font (anything
smaller that 11pt and I’m pretty much hating you!), huge chunks
of dense text, endless lists of bullet points, my eye is offended.
August 2010 to Present
Headhunted by Widgets Incorporated (IRL) as the Senior Management Accountant, reporting to the
Financial Controller. Widgets competes in the blah-blah sector, the local affiliate has a turnover of €92 million
and employs 175 staff. Along with the typical analysis, audit and reporting functions, my brief encompasses:
•	

 Line management for 11 staff – 3 Accountants and 8 Clerks
•	

 Development, implementation and updating of all policies and procedures in my remit
•	

 Capital expenditure projects from inception to completion
•	

 Collaboration on key projects – insurance, systems development, stock control
Key Contributions
•	

 Migration from legacy system to SAP – project team member
•	

 Merger, acquisition and diligence activities from time to time
•	

 Conducting training in finance for non-financial management

May 2005 to August 2010
Joined Fidgets Ltd as Payroll Clerk, reporting to the Management Accountant. Fidgets is

Make it clean and easy to read. A few lines to introduce the role
and the company. A few bullets detailing some of your special
responsibilities. Contributions split out, so I can jump to them.
Because if you do end up on a large pile, content will not be
enough - your document will need to seduce the reader.
I have a great eye for

DEATIL
This is not funny
Proofreading your peppers
is a matter of the
utmost impotence

This is

(Taylor Mali)
Passive voice
In-jokes / Abbreviations
Slang / Informal
Overstating
Mixing tenses

T
F
A
R
D

UnNecesary CapitalisatioN
That’s before we even get to
“there/their” and “were/where”
We all think we know these basics and yet the
majority of CVs I see have errors in them.
Knowing your shit
And neglect not ...
Knowing you’re shit
… the humble apostrophe
MAPPING
You would be surprised how many jobseekers have very obviously not read the
advert or job description.
Dick Bolles’ wonderful book
What shape is

ME HOLE?
My draft title for my next book.
Square peg, round hole … geddit?
“

Am I a good hire
for this job?
Ask yourself these questions - as
harshly and objectively as you can.

Would I hire me to
do this job?
KEYWORD FROM THE
RESPONSIBILITY
ADVERT / JOB DESCRIPTION WITH THIS ITEM

CONTRIBUTION
WITH THIS ITEM

Then, before you start tweaking your CV
for this application, break it down. What
do they need vs what have you got?

SCORE ON
BEST DAY

SCORE ON
CRAP DAY
Because, for a hotly-contested position, the reader will be making
his/her mind up as they get halfway down the first page.
“Is this person in my frame for this job - yes or no?”
They won’t say yes quickly, but they will say no very quickly.
What’s wrong with my CV?
Nothing and everything. The good news
being that lots of the reasons CVs-that-are-fine
get dumped, can be easily fixed.
Rowan_Manahan
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134. Reviewer Certificate in Computer Science
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What's wrong with my CV?

  • 1. What the f**k CV is wrong with my
  • 2. What’s wrong with my CV? A: Nothing. There’s nothing particularly wrong with your CV. Q: So how come I don’t always get shortlisted? A: Ah! Well that’s not the same question. Fact of the matter is, your CV is probably fine. But fine is no longer enough to get you onto the shortlist. First problem ...
  • 3. Employer Approach CVs Job-Hunter Approach Adver;sing Trusted  agency Close  colleagues Using  proven  people Daniel Porot’s marvellous model (tweaked a bit) From  within
  • 4. CVs Adver;sing Too many of the jobs that are out there are being filled before they even pop up into public view.
  • 5. So you can be this fox, who has learned how to find prey beneath the snow ... … or this one, who is still hoping against hope for a juicy, visible meal in the winter.
  • 6. WIDGETS Incorporated e jet put th We idget into w Rowan Manahan I’m the MD, bitch! If you have to go the conventional route and join lots of other people in the hirer’s funnel ...
  • 7. 50 7 86% 3 1 You have to recognise the HUGE elimination rate at the first stage - getting from the big pile onto the “possibles” pile and thence to the shortlist, is truly Darwinian.
  • 8. So the normal distribution doesn’t really apply. Meh
  • 9. It looks more like this.
  • 10. “Screening and Selection” or “Screening & Elimination? With no malice, the reader is looking for a reason to chuck your CV - any CV - into the bin.
  • 11. Who really MATTERS? (Hint - not you. You need to follow Johnny’s advice and get really good at stalking the people who will be reading your CV. You have to get into their heads.)
  • 12. The Ladders research, from Spring 2012, used eye-tracking software as recruiters read hundreds upon hundreds of CVs.
  • 13. It is not a cheerful read ...
  • 14. Name Current title / Company Previous title / Company Previous position start/end dates Current position start/end dates Education These are the hotspots.
  • 15. “ If you wish to persuade me, you must think my thoughts, feel my feelings, and speak my words. So get good, really good, at understanding what this reader of this CV for this job is worried about ...
  • 16. Linkedin is the 800lb gorilla, but it can cause complications if it in any way contradicts the CV that you have sent in to a company. Not a problem if you are an X and you are positioning yourself only for X-type jobs. Very tricky indeed if you are transitioning into Y- or Z-type jobs.
  • 17. Great book - highly recommended
  • 18. Great site - highly recommended. The webinars give you a real insight into how recruiters are viewing you and what they are looking for.
  • 20. Curriculum Vitae (abbrev. CV) A brief account of a person’s education, qualifications, professional history and occupations, typically sent with a job application. ORIGIN: early 20th Cent.: from Latin, the course of life Operative word: brief
  • 22. EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTION QUALIFICATION Project Management Institute Project Management Prince 2 College, Location Masters in Business Administration YEAR 2013 (Practitioner Level) 2011 Thesis: Implementing ERP in the multinational setting Company, Location Advanced Presentation Skills 2009 ACCA ACCA – Membership 2007 College, Location B.Comm – 2:1 hons, Top 10 in class 2003 Electives: Human Resources and I.T. School, Location Leaving Certificate 525 points achieved This is one area where a typical CV can start to really sprawl. 2000
  • 23. EARLY CAREER JOB TITLE COMPANY Early (and frequently irrelevant) career details can add pages... YEARS
  • 25. For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn. Doesn’t matter that it wasn’t Hemingway - it’s great writing.
  • 26. I  am  a  highly  experienced  Accountant,  with  a  number  of   years  experience  in  the  financial  area  including  the   Multinational  sector  and  Financial  Services.  Prior  to   taking  up  a  career  in  Accountancy  I  ran  the  family   business  for  a  number  of  years.  I  possess  strong   interpersonal  and  communication  skills,  with  the  ability   to  interact  effectively  &  professionally  with  clients  and   colleagues  at  all  levels.  I’m  a  team  player  with  a  strong   work  ethic,  while  I’m  an  ethe other hand, is learner  with  ability   nthusiastic  88 This, on wasted words and does not make work  situations.     to  adapt  quickly  to  meew  ato meethallenging   n want nd  c this candidate.
  • 27. One false word, one extra word, and somebody’s thinking about how they have to buy paper towels at the store. Brevity is very important. If you’re going to be longwinded, it should be for a purpose. Not just because you like your words. Amen!
  • 28. SELL, DON’T TELL Far too may writers waste far too much space detailing the things they are responsible for. I can’t distinguish one Management Accountant from another on the basis of responsibilities.
  • 29. So, no copying and pasting from your job description please.
  • 30. Contributions Suggestions E C Wins N E R E F F I projects DSpecial Over-and-above Tell me about the things you have done that are in some way special, the things that have made a difference to your boss.
  • 31. WOO THE EYES If your document is badly laid-out, has too small a font (anything smaller that 11pt and I’m pretty much hating you!), huge chunks of dense text, endless lists of bullet points, my eye is offended.
  • 32. August 2010 to Present Headhunted by Widgets Incorporated (IRL) as the Senior Management Accountant, reporting to the Financial Controller. Widgets competes in the blah-blah sector, the local affiliate has a turnover of €92 million and employs 175 staff. Along with the typical analysis, audit and reporting functions, my brief encompasses: • Line management for 11 staff – 3 Accountants and 8 Clerks • Development, implementation and updating of all policies and procedures in my remit • Capital expenditure projects from inception to completion • Collaboration on key projects – insurance, systems development, stock control Key Contributions • Migration from legacy system to SAP – project team member • Merger, acquisition and diligence activities from time to time • Conducting training in finance for non-financial management May 2005 to August 2010 Joined Fidgets Ltd as Payroll Clerk, reporting to the Management Accountant. Fidgets is Make it clean and easy to read. A few lines to introduce the role and the company. A few bullets detailing some of your special responsibilities. Contributions split out, so I can jump to them.
  • 33. Because if you do end up on a large pile, content will not be enough - your document will need to seduce the reader.
  • 34. I have a great eye for DEATIL This is not funny
  • 35. Proofreading your peppers is a matter of the utmost impotence This is (Taylor Mali)
  • 36. Passive voice In-jokes / Abbreviations Slang / Informal Overstating Mixing tenses T F A R D UnNecesary CapitalisatioN That’s before we even get to “there/their” and “were/where”
  • 37. We all think we know these basics and yet the majority of CVs I see have errors in them.
  • 38. Knowing your shit And neglect not ...
  • 39. Knowing you’re shit … the humble apostrophe
  • 40. MAPPING You would be surprised how many jobseekers have very obviously not read the advert or job description.
  • 42. What shape is ME HOLE? My draft title for my next book. Square peg, round hole … geddit?
  • 43. “ Am I a good hire for this job? Ask yourself these questions - as harshly and objectively as you can. Would I hire me to do this job?
  • 44. KEYWORD FROM THE RESPONSIBILITY ADVERT / JOB DESCRIPTION WITH THIS ITEM CONTRIBUTION WITH THIS ITEM Then, before you start tweaking your CV for this application, break it down. What do they need vs what have you got? SCORE ON BEST DAY SCORE ON CRAP DAY
  • 45. Because, for a hotly-contested position, the reader will be making his/her mind up as they get halfway down the first page. “Is this person in my frame for this job - yes or no?” They won’t say yes quickly, but they will say no very quickly.
  • 46. What’s wrong with my CV? Nothing and everything. The good news being that lots of the reasons CVs-that-are-fine get dumped, can be easily fixed.