What is a CV?

What is a CV?CV derives from the Latin meaning “a brief history of one’s life”. It is a short document which outlines your general personal details, your relevant skills, qualifications and work history. A CV is a good way of saying “hey, this is me, I could make a valuable contribution to your business”. It is generally the first point of contact between you and a prospective employer.

It is designed to do one thing and that is to get you an interview-to get your foot through the door so to speak. It will be your first chance to show the employer that you have the skills and experience they are looking for and therefore merit an interview. If you’re CV fails to secure an interview then it’s not working.

Remember, large employers and popular recruitment agencies receive hundreds and hundreds of CV’s for various advertised positions. They have a huge number of CV’s to examine in a short period of time. Consequently, they tend to look for reasons to reject CV’s rather than accept them. On average it is estimated that an employer only spends about 20-30 seconds glancing at a CV, which means that you have to grab their attention very quickly.

To do this you have to show them that you have the skills, experience, achievements and qualifications they are looking for. Assuming you only have 20-30 seconds to impress the employer, it would make sense to highlight what you have to offer at the beginning of your CV, rather than hiding your main qualities at the back or further on in the CV.

The question then is what makes a good CV? Again, the answer to this question is based on common sense. CV experts maintain that the content of your CV is the crucial factor behind its success. As long as the CV is well written and logically ordered it should automatically jump out and grab the employer’s attention. Don’t get me wrong, presentation and style are equally important, but as long as the CV is professional and business like, you shouldn’t have any problems.