Facts :
a) As all recruiters know recruitment is an extremely cluttered environment , particularly for junior/ middle level.
b) Unless your CV catches the recruiter's eye you don't get an interview !
c) Technology is an enabler as well as a disadvantage here, depending upon how one uses it.
Find some thoughts on the same, along with some outstanding CVs to inspire at :
Is your CV OUTSTANDING ? - from Helping Top Talent Stand Out !
Please share your thoughts and experiences - as a recruiter or as a candidate !

From United States, New York
An individually typed cover letter typically accompanies each resume you send out. Your cover letter may make the difference between obtaining a job interview and having your resume ignored. It makes sense to devote the necessary time and effort to write effective cover letters.
A cover letter should complement, not duplicate your resume. Its purpose is to interpret the data-oriented, factual resume and add a personal touch. A cover letter is often your earliest written contact with a potential employer, creating a critical first impression

From India, Chennai
Yes a cover letter - summarizing suitability to the job requirements and personalised if possible, is very important.
Sometimes however, only a small synopsis is sent with a request to ask for a detailed CV if required.
I am not sure if this is a good step. It raises a red flag as to why the candidate is not providing a detailed CV to begin with. Generally I have found such candidates are having wide gaps wrt the requirements once their detailed CV is received and read.
Just my thoughts and experience . What has been yours ?

From United States, New York
Yes I agree with you Hardeep Sodhi, But Cover letter along with Detailed CV is very important, some time we wont have time to go through the detailed CV , in such cases Cover letter would be very useful in understanding the candidates.
From India, Chennai
You need a short cover letter detailing WHY you are a fit for the job.
You need a targetted CV specifically for the job in question. No-one has time or patience to read pages and pages of irrelevant waffle.
The CV is just your advertising pitch to get someone to talk to you.
The CV has to be designed to GET YOU an interview. The CV DOES NOT get you the job. This is a common mistake most people make.
All I want to know is:
Can you do the job?
Have you got the skills, knowledge, and experience I need for you to do the job?
Nothing else is relevant at this stage.
Answer those questions successfully, and you are likely to be considered for an interview with me.

From Australia, Melbourne
Mr. John like i have said in my earlier post, Cover letter is very important and no one would waste time in knowing irrelevant waffle, that's where cover letter plays a major role , yes I agree that CV can never ever get you the job its all about your skill , knowledge and attitude that counts.
From India, Chennai
It depends upon the position applied for.
For eg. if you are applying for a Creative position ion a media company, a Creative CV as against a plain vanilla one would stand out.
If you are applying for a Flash Animator's post, working examples in a creative way of your Work will serve better than just talking about them.
We also have Video CVs nowadays - where, apparently, the presentation and communication skills of the candidate can be adjudged.
Of course the focus should always be on the job and whether you can do it. If the cover letter / CV can not establish that it is just an interesting piece of art, nothing else. BUT if many CVs establish the same, then the creative ones get an edge, IMHO.

From United States, New York
The discussion by the members made the subject interesting. I have no pretensions to being an expert on CV writing but only enthusiastic about the subject.I too have seen many CVs.Some are too brief to attract the attention of the employers while others are long essays that make the recruiter heave a sigh of relief at the end of reading it and yet others are documents of self glorification and so stuffed with phrases of self-adulation about one's accomplishment as to convince the recruiter that here is the candidate endowed with the powers of Superman or Spider man to cross every hurdle in the employer's path to progress. I occasionally came across a CV that fits into the adage "Brevity is the soul of wit" where in a candidate said so much in so little a space. A covering letter or even a CV shall be like that , in my opinion.This is only a view. Other views are welcome to provide more dimensions to the subject.
HR & IR Advisor

From India, Mumbai
Hi Seniors,
It is an interesting topic. I, in my career, have attended many interviews. Some of my thoughts.
CVs mostly do round with bottom to upward or vice versa. Everyone have their own views as well. I have seen many clone CVs. They are just copying someone's CV.
A well structured CV with all qualifications, experiences and personal details is a good CV. A covering letter suitably structured to suit the application added value to the CV. A well structured CV shows the personality of the person. It will help an interviewer to understand the candidate better and it gives a winning chance.

From India, Chennai
This is a very important topic being discussed here.

Based upon my experience I also have some thoughts to put forward.

I believe an "outstanding" CV may not be as important as we think. It should be outstanding in the sense that it portrays the candidate's profile, experience & expertise in an outstanding way. I would like to make the following points:

1. A CV that catches the eyes of a recruiter in first few minutes is good enough. The reason for this could be the brief introduction written on top of the CV or the content of cover letter. Like @aussiejohn has clarified earlier, if the most relevant things are specified in this space, the CV will catch the eye of the recruiter for sure.

2. I believe that the CV should be as per the experience, knowledge & expertise of the candidate. Nothing less & nothing more. Ultimately the recruiter will come to know the reality of the candidate after few interactions. I mean, the CV should be prepared honestly. This will save time & resources of both parties.

3. Candidates should provide all details with clarity and should remain as brief as possible.

4. A candidate with an unnecessarily "outstanding" CV may receive many calls but he/she will be declined by recruiters when they find the candidate contrary to the profile on CV.

These are the things which come to mind at this point in time. I would like to know if people here on citehr agree with my opinion.


From India, New Delhi

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