If there existed a CV Olympics, how do you think your CV would fare against the competition? After watching an enthralling football match between Brazil and China last night and with the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics taking place this Saturday, it is apparent that the power of focus is paramount in achieving success.
The Brazilian footballers last night were totally focussed on defending and scoring in the game of soccer. Whether these same players also enjoy swimming and golf was irrelevant in terms of the outcome of the game(Brazil:3-China:0). In many ways it is very similar to how you approach your CV in terms of total focus and attention to detail.
Are you a javelin thrower applying for a job as a shot putter? Does your CV represent you as a bantamweight boxer whereas in reality you are actually a heavyweight? In other words, if there is a lot of irrelevant information on your CV to the actual job on offer, now is the time to cull and to start tailoring your CV to the exact requirements of the advertised position.
The length of your CV does not need to be prescribed in terms of the number of words on each page, or even the number of pages, but should be considered in terms of whether it succeeds in matching the requirements of the job through measurable, quantifiable outcomes. If it takes only on page to achieve this, excellent! If it takes 3-4 pages to achieve the same outcome, excellent also (as long as irrelevant information has been removed!).
Olympians come in many shapes and sizes depending on their sport but what they have in common is a powerful focus and an attention to detail in their specialised discipline which is second to none. You should adopt the same approach to improve the performance of you CV to ensure it is up to RIO Olympic standards.
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