Replacing CV Examples

No matter what type of job you're searching for, numerous websites and job searching resource centres can offer you CV template examples to create your new CV. These CV examples often claim to incorporate proven strategies for creating the perfect online CV.

But what might have worked once for someone else in another time and place will probably not do justice to your specific needs and career direction. After all, even within the same general field, people are not clones, and CV examples tend to make it difficult for job candidates to express their individuality.

What are these?

CV example templates are available in a few different formats: there is the chronological CV example, the functional or skills-based example and sometimes a combination of the two. On top of this, they may offer a creative CV, an international CV, a technical CV and so on. All of this sounds as appealing as a buffet, especially when the CV examples are accompanied by catchy formatting and layout variations that make us feel that our CV will actually have a chance of standing out from the rest.

However, like a buffet, a CV example often fails to provide individual 'flavour'. When the fancy flourishes are stripped away (as they often are by recruiters), what's left on the plate may be bland and unappetising.

A New World of Job Recruitment

In the past decade or two, work has changed dramatically. People move further to take jobs that simply didn't exist before or work in familiar settings but with people half a world away. New combinations of skills and experience are in demand, and existing CV examples can only address these needs partially. Recruitment agencies, which account for about 70% of all jobs in the market, need to fill jobs that are never advertised and sometimes not even well defined since the positions evolve over time.

As a result of the dynamic quality of today's job market, recruiters are often looking for candidates with a combination of education, skills, and experience that may not have always been associated with a job in that field. For instance, the typical CV example for an editorial or publishing job in the past might have highlighted editing experience, a degree in English or journalism, and a sound grasp of style. However, this type of CV example would be sadly outdated for a publishing job today that requires strong computer skills, web-based publishing experience and an ability to manage writers in international locations. The old-style publishing CV example would not get the job seeker past the first round of screening.

On the other hand, a flexible CV profile that highlights the candidate's work with an international company and Internet publishing experience would place him or her well ahead of the old-school editorial candidate that used an obsolete CV example to base his application upon.

In this new environment, generic CV examples are quickly outdated and too clunky in delivering key information about the job-seeker. Most people think a quirky CV style or generic responsibilities are what employers are looking for, but research shows that the content of a CV is more important than the design. These days, when a CV is sent to major recruitment agencies, the document is processed before anyone in a decision-making role even sees it. The key information contained in the CV is extracted, reformatted and placed in a database where it can more easily be searched and accessed by recruiters and hirers. So everything but the raw information is discarded: the CV example you so carefully selected, the headings, formatting and design layout... everything but text is removed during extraction and reformatting.

Writing the Perfect iProfile CV

While good writing, honest information and tight grammar are always important, the medium for disseminating information has changed tremendously in the past few years. Surprisingly, outdated CV examples are still circulating on the Internet, offered by many job websites and career centres. Well-meaning though they may be, the use of CV examples can cripple the job search of even the strongest candidates.

Rather than using a restrictive CV example, a far better strategy in the electronic age is to adapt one's career information to a format loved by recruiters, one that is instantly searchable in their databases, such as iProfile. It allows the candidate to create a more flexible and adaptable CV, showcasing his or her talents and skills, correlating job experiences and interests in new ways, and positioning them for original and exciting career moves.

Seizing the electronic advantage also makes life easier when your CV information changes. Having out-dated information sitting in a recruiter's file carries the risk that an old CV version will mistakenly be accessed instead of the newer one. But an iProfile CV puts you in charge by automatically updating recruiters' databases the instant you amend any part of your iProfile.

Job seekers who use iProfile can also control which hirers get to see their latest online CV version in order to refine the job search process further, an important benefit not possible with traditional CVs.

Summing Up

Using CV examples and firing them off in the hopes of reaching new markets is somewhat like a home owner plopping a 'For Sale' sign on the lawn and waiting for buyers to drive by. It's far more effective to enter the relevant home information in a well-visited real estate database so it can be seen by a much larger pool of targeted, actively interested buyers and estate agents.

In the same way, creating a free iProfile is far more likely to get you noticed by prospective employers. Relying on an archaic CV example is a sure-fire way of stagnating what could be an otherwise productive stint of searching for a job... akin to the home owner peering hopefully out the window at passing cars, waiting for a bite!

Create your free iProfile today and see how outdated those CV examples really are. iProfile is your dynamic professional profile that works harder than your online CV. It allows you to safely make career connections, take control of the job seeking process and receive unique feedback which you would not get with any online CV.