By Mariluz Garcia
The CV is in most cases a negative filter, to exclude candidates: the challenge for recruiters being to funnel down thousands of CVs as quickly as possible to those worthy of an interview.
This is done digitally (by only selecting CVs with specific keywords in them) and/or manually by going through a pile of CVs one after the other. Given this challenge, you won’t be surprised to hear that with human intervention, your CV will get only a few seconds attention to make the cut.
In order for your CV to make the cut and reach the “Interview” pile, it needs to be adapted to the specific requirements of the job vacancy. For digital screening, getting the keywords associated with the job title and requirements is an essential in this digital age. For manual screening, your CV needs to be easily scannable by the eye: easy to read so the brain can use System 1 (see Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman) and not have to strain to find what it is looking for, clearly highlighting relevant strengths and experience), PLUS add something distinctive which calls attention to why you might be interesting to talk to!
Tailor your CV to highlight the most relevant and differentiated experience and competences. Try to turn negatives into believable positives. Don’t be discouraged if the requirements look demanding, so long as you meet the most important ones, especially if it is your dream job! If you never give it a shot, you will never know.
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