The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra ~ Jimmy Johnson
While there are no guarantees there is little doubt that a well thought out and well written professional CV can be a huge asset in the job market, and many people who were previously unsuccessful in their job applications report dramatic and swift reversals of fortune. So yes, it can certainly work. However, at the same time, you need to keep things in perspective, so that if you have been working as a secretary all your career, then a better CV may get you a better position in administration, but it is unlikely to land you the job as CEO for ICI.
Note also the term “well thought out and well written.” This is significant because quality does vary considerably from company to company.
So how do you choose?
It is practically impossible to compare CV company quality simply by looking at various websites. One of the main reasons for this is that many companies are not willing to divulge what their CVs may look like, or how they go about making them. Possibly because in some cases there is not much science, method or effort involved other than to check spelling and grammar and improve the basic presentation. One thing to look out for therefore is transparency, and I have listed some guides above. There are also other indicators, some of which are listed in the next blog entries.
More to follow…