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Digital CVs: What’s The Big Deal?

Here’s a question – is there any real difference between today’s standard digital CV and the now wholly out-dated paper CV of years gone by?

Well, while the two technically do the same job and will feature very similar content, the simple answer is yes – there’s a big difference.

The good news however is that in pretty much every respect across the board, online CVs are massively easier to both write and get right than their paper counterparts.

It’s simply a case of keeping a fairly standard set of rules in mind, which if followed to the letter will guarantee you a solid result that could help you land the job of your dreams.

So, we have compiled a list of helpful tips for those who are creating their digital CV:

1 – Calling Card.

Now more than ever, online CVs are viewed more as calling-cards than anything else whereby a prospective employer gets a quick taste of who you are and what you do, then going on to getting in touch if they want to know more. So while it’s important to get across anything relevant and of importance, you also don’t want to make it too long-winded or deep.

2 – File Compatibility.

On the technical side of things, never fall into the trap of creating a CV using a software package that’s either too dated, too brand-new or anything but an industry standard. The reason being that not only will weird and wonderful file types often look completely out of order and messy when opened on non-compatible machines, but there’s a good chance that the recruiter might not in fact be able to open them at all.

3 – Keywords.

There are many instances in which recruiters will actively head-hunt the employees they need for their businesses, which can involve anything from scouring databases to carry out online searches. In both instances therefore, it’s a good idea to make sure your CV contains a few essential keywords that both sum up and highlight the most important details about you and your experience.

4 – Simplicity.

In terms of overall layout and design, these days it’s anything but the done thing to go OTT with colours, patterns, fancy fonts and the like when penning an online CV. They may have had some level of appeal with standard paper variants, but these days they will generally be tossed to one side the moment they’re loaded up by recruiters. Choose simple fonts, simple typefaces and a simple design – it’s what you say that matters, not how you say it. 

5 – Flawlessness.

Digital CVs have effectively pulled the plug on every excuse in the world for having even the slightest of spelling or grammatical mistakes anywhere across the document. The machine does most of the hard work for you, so if you can’t hand over a CV that’s literally flawless in terms of its accuracy and language at least, you’ve no chance of being taken seriously.

6 – Unique Targeting.

Last but not least, the fact that it’s so easy to create a single CV and mail it off to thousands of recruiters online leads to many applicants down entirely the wrong path. It’s not as if you’ll have the time nor the inclination to pen a new CV for every job posting you apply for, but if you’re looking to apply to multiple businesses across a variety of industry areas, it’s a good idea to look at your CV’s content to see if anything can be tweaked to make it more targeted to this specific area. And the same of course goes for cover letters – generic letters used for no reason other than to fill a sheet of paper are big no-no’s for digital CVs too.

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