Is this CV awful?

posted 1 year ago in Career
Post # 2
10033 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Personal profile needs to be re-written, it’s terribly unprofessional.  He needs to change wording from “working alone” to “independent.”

Also, typically the most recent experience is listed first and work your way back from there.  

I don’t have time right now to overhaul the whole thing but will if I have time later.  The entire thing needs an overhaul to appear more professional.  

Tip:  Tailor the resume to fit each job being applied for to match the experience being sought, while being completely honest, of course.

Post # 3
1417 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

I’m a professional editor and this is pretty bad. I might suggest he tries using one of the pre-made templates in Word, and perhaps do some research about other CV examples.

Post # 4
9540 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Yeah, honestly this is kind of terrible. 

It needs to be entirety reformatted so it’s not just huge blocks of text. Nothing stands out on this resume, it’s not easy to scan. There’s a million templates on google. He needs to look through them.

And I would cut the Personal Profile completely. 

His employment history should not just be a job description but also about what he accomplished in those positions. 

Post # 5
2694 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I am a UK based recruiter – if you PM me I will give you an email and will happily help to overhaul.

Failing that he can get free support through the job centre. This CV needs lots of work.

If he wants to do anything delivery driving related he also needs to include his driving licence status on there e.g. full and clean driving licence.

He can also look at working for somewhere like Amazon as one of their self employed drivers. It is hard work and doesn’t pay great (you have to do lots of deliveries to make it worth while) but it will at least give him relevant experience while he looks for something more perm.

Post # 6
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Seconding the comments about losing the personal profile and describing accomplishments for each role. I also think the “key skills and experience” section isn’t really contributing anything and would lose that too.

He should also delete the one-month stint at a the boarding kennels.  One month at a job doesn’t give you much experience, and in this case all it’s doing is making him look like a job-hopper.

Definitely re-organize everything in reverse chronological order.

Is he submitting a cover letter with each CV? A cover letter is a really important way to explain the story of your career, why the job you’re applying for makes sense for you, and what you’d bring to the role. If he struggles with formal writing maybe you could help him with this, as judging by your post you write fairly coherently :).

The Ask A Manager blog has some great advice on CVs and cover letters.

Post # 7
1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yea, I’m a career coach. no good. I am redoing someone’s resume right now, and I told her I want to see QUANTITATIVE things – meaning, numbers and timeframes, and stuff I can easily put a number to the work and be impressed.

I don’t want to read “served customers”. I want to read something like (off the top of my head) “Keyholder for a restaurant with over $2M+ in annual sales, overseeing a staff of 5 people with an average customer base of 50 people per evening”

ok, that was a bit rough, but you get the idea. It’s a lot more impressive sounding than “keyholder for a busy restaurant”. 

Things like “trustworthy” or “experience working on teams” should not be on as skills. That’s expected. I want to know major skills right off the bat so I can read further. 

Also google for resume templates. 

Edit: Some people get caught in the trap of thinking “well, once I talk to them in an interview, they will know how good I am and what i can do.”

Wrong idea. The resume is to showcase how good you are, with enough info to intrigue hiring managers to invite you in to interview. Don’t make them guess how great you are or what you did in jobs. Trust me, other people aren’t making the employers play guessing games, and those are the people called up for interviews.

You want it written up in a way that makes a hiring manager glance over the resume and go “hot damn, I need to call this perosn in to talk” not scratch his head and think “now what did he do here?”

Post # 8
5186 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

The main problem is this is super generic.  What job is it going for?  He hasn’t drawn on any of the skills from his previous job and how well they would apply to the one he is going for. 

Post # 9
14899 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Bullets, spacing, some formating to make it more eye catching could go a long way along with all the wording updates mentioned by PP.

Post # 10
2694 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Just a caution on googling for CV templates. If he comes across something called the Europass CV DO NOT LET HIM USE IT.

It was a bright idea from the EU to standardise CVs and as a recruiter they are a pain to read and really rubbish.

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