Employers 'want achievements-based CVs'

27-06-2008

Employers 'want achievements-based CVs'
Recruiters are looking for CVs that detail previous workplace achievements but many applicants are failing to deliver this, according to a new survey.

In the iProfile.org poll, 73 per cent of employers revealed that they have rejected candidates for interview because they submitted vague CVs with no evidence of past accomplishments, Online Recruitment reports.

Over half of those surveyed also admitted that if candidates sell their existing achievements properly, they may be able to demand starting salaries that are five per cent higher.

"Addressing this issue could significantly boost people's chances of getting through to the interview stage, as well as getting the salary they deserve," Karl Gregory, a CV specialist at the website, commented.

Many jobseekers may do well to heed this advice, as the study also found that the majority of applicants simply list their general responsibilities rather than personal successes on their CVs.

Those looking for work were also recently advised against lying or leaving employment gaps on applications by Anne Fairweather, head of public policy at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

More important still is to present unimpeachable evidence to support all the claims made in a CV, asserts ClickAJob chief executive Yngve Traberg.

"As a list of positions held or achievements realised, every detail has to be checked anyway, so it's a powerful advantage to have," he says.

"And few applications can equal the effect of volunteering positive recommendations or testimonials from previous employers - especially when they spell out progress directly attributable to the employee," he continues.

"On its own, a CV can only be taken at face value, it's the proof behind it that makes it stand out."

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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