So, you’ve spent hours – maybe days – perfecting your CV.
You’ve got your facts in order, your recent work up to date, references in place and your bio is brilliant – a work of genius.
Also, because you are tech-savvy, you’ve got your sparkly CV online and it looks fresh, positive and perfect in every way.
The job is yours. If you were the boss, the position is in the bag and you’d start whenever you could.
Unfortunately, though, recruiters like a little bit more than some words on a flashy document.
While CVs may give the recruiter a glimpse into your recent work, the skills you feel are important to the job you are going for and what some of your former colleagues have said about you.
But it’s much more than that – it’s about you.
You are the person who’s going to be doing the day-to-day workload and how you handle it depends entirely on you.
You are the person in control of your destiny and, let’s face it, no-one knows you better than you. You have written the CV and it’s you that has to make the words on that document shine.
A personality doesn’t shine through on paper and due to the pressure of the interview, it rarely comes through when you are face-to-face with your potential employer.
Interviews can be daunting affairs, which is why we designed our selection days to reduce the pressure and take the edge of the nerves for the candidate. It is the perfect time to inject some of your personality into conversation. Just be careful when you choose to bring your personality out though!
Looking good and feeling confident are the main things you can control so making sure you look presentable before you turn up. For an employer there is nothing worse than looking at their potential new recruit who looks like they have just been dragged through a hedge!
A good CV is a necessity but it doesn’t have to be the thing you rely on. It’s a stepping stone on the process to realising your potential.