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Old 10.02.2009, 18:02
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Trading CV review and interview practise

There's lots of people looking for jobs right now in a competitive market.

I would be willing to trade some CV review/proofing and interview practise with people looking for middle to senior management/executive roles.

I'm not an HR professional but as CFO for the last 12 years have read more CV's than you can shake a stick at interviewed and recruited at all levels right upto country general manager and CxO. Im based near Zurich.

If you're interested please post here and if there's a few we can try and match locations, fields, backgrounds etc.

Daniel
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Re: Trading CV review and interview practise

I am really surprised that no one has yet posted an answer to your post DannyT986 - let's hope they are all busy with interviews!

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Re: Trading CV review and interview practise

Daniel

Thank you for your offer. Yes, I am currently looking for my first employment in Switzerland. Me and my husband have been living here since last year May. I am a soon to be Chartered Accountant from South Africa (the final results are released next week). My CV has been sent to 2 companies this week and I really want to be prepared if I am invited for an interview. I am living in Basel and I it would be great if we can speak over the telephone (at my expense of course) or maybe even arrange to meet.

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Re: Trading CV review and interview practise

So folks, I've now reviewed a couple of CV's for people, and some common themes jump out. Hopefully with a dose of humour..

I'm talking about international style CV's here, not turgid "dossier". However I would apply some of this to those too, after all some poor bugger has to read them.

Key point number 1 of 1 *its important*. Put yourself in the shoes of that silly bugger, and your CV is one of 100 sitting waiting to be read..

- does it look attractive... I dont mean covered in smilies on blue scented paper, but graphically is the layout clean, everything lined up, no funny justification effects etc etc

- CVs are not read by computers but by people... most people reading CVs can work out that Bill Smith is probably your first name then your second name... you dont need to go First Name: Bill, Second Name: Smith etc, ditto headings like "Personal Data" then a list of your shoe size, credit card numbers etc... its pretty clear what it is guys.

- does in pass the 5/30 test (trademark dannyt986) ie can a reader work out roughly what you are in 5 seconds and if they are interested confirm they want to interview you in about 30 seconds total... some of the CVs have needed almost forensic analysis to arrive at this... in the pile of 100 they go into the reject bin

- keep it ideally to 2 pages max, maybe a third if you have a complex carreer, but even then consider if some of it should be very abbreviated if it isnt really relevant to the role your are seeking now... if you spent 5 years as a tour guide 20 years ago before deciding to become master of the universe "Professional Tour Guide / leading groups of 5/200 through shark infested areas in Asia, Africa" is enough to convey what is relevant. "Holding up funny object so group follows, map reading, chatting to the bus driver etc" just wastes valuable space.

Theres more, but Ill do it later...
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- does in pass the 5/30 test (trademark dannyt986) ie can a reader work out roughly what you are in 5 seconds and if they are interested confirm they want to interview you in about 30 seconds total... some of the CVs have needed almost forensic analysis to arrive at this... in the pile of 100 they go into the reject bin

never heard of that before. good tip!
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Waiting for more, as I am very busy with my resume at the moment
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Re: Trading CV review and interview practise

Thanks Danny! That's very helpful. The best pieces of advice I ever received about a CV were:

1. Grab attention in the first 5 seconds or its getting tossed- I have a career summary which basically states who I am, what I do, what I want to do in the future. Its 2 lines of text which I can easily modify according to the role I'm applying for, and it saves the reader having to read the whole CV to decide whether I'm right or not.

2. Don't spill all the beans in the CV. Save something for the interview. This will also help you control the length of the CV.

I'd love any more tips you have- and if you're happy to look at a Compliance/Risk CV (in Financial Services)- I'd love to send it through for a quick read and some pointers.
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Re: Trading CV review and interview practise

Sure, get it in quick cause my great CV got me a new job that I start on 1/4. After that will have zero time. PM me for email. D
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Sure, get it in quick cause my great CV got me a new job that I start on 1/4. After that will have zero time. PM me for email. D
Good luck and lots of success next week.
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