I am three weeks in to delivering a new CV writing programme and if I see another CV that begins
I am a hardworking person. I am punctual. I am able to work on my own initiative and enjoy team working. I am honest, kind, caring, enthusiastic, diligent … … …
I will cry. As my Great Aunty Julie would have said, “If you’re so fantastic, why ain’t you rich?”
CVs seem to have become strings of meaningless adjectives that cover as many bases as possible in their allotted two sides of A4. With the kind of phrases that make you want to ask is there anyone out there applying with a CVs that says “I am lazy and a bad time keeper; curmudgeonly and antipathetic to work.” If I was an employer I might even interview that person because at least they would stand out from the crowd.
What people need to do is root their CV in the actual prose of their life. What have you – yes you – done? How can you relate your life to the specific information the employer has kindly given to you in the advert or JD or Person Spec. A CV has the purpose of getting you in front of the employer. Leave the poetry for your Interview.