Senior executives 'need to readdress CVs'

21-12-2007

Senior executives 'need to readdress CVs'
Senior professionals may be underselling their qualities on their CV, it has emerged.

According to Directorbank, as many as 20 per cent of senior executives are not selling their skills appropriately on their CVs while four out of five would be unlikely to secure an interview for a top position in a company, Online Recruitment magazine reports.

Chief executive of Directorbank Elizabeth Jackson commented that directors should address what information is presented on their CV.

"If I had one piece of advice for ambitious business professionals, aside from ensuring that you invest time and money in your CV it would be to leave hobbies out of the resume, unless they say something worth saying," she told the news source.

Ms Jackson described the CV as "a candidate's principal marketing tool".

She added that a poor CV is most likely to be the reason why large numbers of finance directors fail to secure chief executive positions.

ClickAJob chief executive Yngve Traberg is more sceptical, warning employers to be on the lookout for highly-polished CVs.

"It is a worrying statistic that a large number of people lie on their CVs," he says.

"Though having the right content is important, employers have become so used to over-claims that many applicants are just not believed."

Senior people especially need to back up their achievements with good hard evidence, he remarks.

References, for instance, will always be checked, Mr Traberg points out - but a good employer testimonial that points to achievement carries ten times more weight.

"At director level, experience is usually the deciding factor," says Mr Traberg. "But experience acquired since leaving university is often hard to demonstrate or quantify.

"The best option is to compliment a CV with online skills test."

"In just minutes any applicant can obtain an accurate and fully up-to-date assessment of capabilities as they are now, today - independent, impartially marked by computer and to recognised international standards," he comments.

Mr Traberg concludes: "All of which means a good CV by itself is not enough.

"It needs support by a portfolio of evidence that this particular senior executive really is a worthwhile staff investment."

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