So, you’ve seen your ideal job. You frantically click ‘Apply Now’, upload your CV to an online portal and you wait…
…and you wait…
…you wait some more…
But you never hear another thing.
You know what? There’s a better way. Perhaps you’re a CV writing guru, or think you are. Or perhaps your CV has, over time, become an abomination of collective edits over the course of your career. I’ve seen it all and, trust me, many of the CV’s I see really don’t do the candidate justice.
In some ways, it’s worse now than ever before. As the demand rises to set yourself apart from all other applicants, you might try something different. You might choose to write in third-person tense, or add a ‘tastefully artistic’ theme. The more ‘out there’ you try to be, the more likely you are to gain attention but maybe for the wrong reasons.
But is a CV that important any more? In essence, no. Your profile, your portfolio, your reputation, a log of your successes all supersede it in my opinion, but the moment you clicked ‘Apply Now’ on that job advert, you made your CV the ONLY thing you’ll be judged on, especially if it has to pass through a robotic HR process before reaching the hiring manager, if it ever does. You could be an expert in your field, but none of that really matters.
So, here’s an idea for you and it goes against the grain of common-sense.
If you really value that dream opportunity you’ve seen advertised, stop. Think about it. Don’t apply via the employers website, use an agency. But not just any agency, one that will take the time to get to know you. To understand the things about you that your CV can’t fully depict. A good Recruitment Consultant will critique your CV, they may tweak it to ensure the best combination of relevance and readability. Once they’re happy with your CV, they’ll speak with the prospective employer and use their skills to ensure that you are represented in the best way possible.
But, if during a conversation with an agency, you don’t feel they can really fly the flag for you, politely tell them you don’t wish to pursue, tell them not to share your CV and find another way in.