Hyper-responsive, rejection-resistant CVs

Rocket your interview strike rate

The one-size-fits-all CV is officially dead. And thank goodness, really. Up till now, you've probably been submitting the same CV to every job application you've made and experience plenty of rejections, right?

Well, employers today expect CVs to be tailored to the job - highlighting relevant experience, skills and qualifications in order to merit offering an interview, and who can blame them?

'Application-personalisation' is the new buzzword for rejection resistant CVs.

We keep seeing articles and tips in books and online about what makes a good CV, in reality, these are of little value to job hunters beyond offering CV generalisations.

These articles offer advice on writing a CV and even show examples and templates applicants can use, but there's a problem: most of the 'advice' has been talked about for years and it's out of date with what works today. What's more, everyone is modeling their CV on the same examples so everyone looks the same.

Misinformation can be dangerous, particularly to those just starting their job search and looking for guidance.

It seems many job hunters rely heavily on having their CV professionally written, thinking it's a silver bullet that will guarantee them interviews - this can be disastrous. The thing is, CVs are treated very differently today.

Although a good CV writer can help bring out past accomplishments, a CV needs to focus on the specific job it is being submitted for. And this requires a CV to be fine-tuned which in turn requires some special insider knowledge. The danger comes when the individual sees their CV as a 'static document' that can be submitted to every job they apply for.

This can and does lead to applicants being rejected for positions to which they are well suited because their CV fails to match their background to the advertised position. How many hundreds or thousands of applicants have lost out because of over-reliance on a single (static) CV document?

The point is, a CV should be seen as a dynamic document that needs to be tailored to the job being applied for. Applicants that fail to adjust their CVs to their target jobs will simply have their applications dismissed.

This approach is not only crucial, it is the only way to guarantee interviews - customising a CV to the job should be ingrained in every applicant no matter what position they're applying for - it should be their top priority.

According to a recent survey, around half of all applications are considered to be from unqualified applicants - or, more precisely, what appear to be unqualified applicants based on the CVs submitted.

We can't tell you how many recruiters have told us they 'don't have time' to spend giving applicants the benefit of the doubt - in other words, if a CV doesn't fit, the application fails.

We know what you're thinking, adjusting each CV to deliver the right message to the right person at the right time sounds complicated. But it's not once you how to do it. What's more, the results will absolutely astound you.