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Old November 14 2012, 01:49 PM   #1
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CV confusion

Hello, all. I'm probably overthinking things here, but I'm finding it difficult to understand some of the logic behind CVs and the standards by which they're judged. My own CV has just been put through an assessment on one of the sites where I've registered it, and I've gotten advice on making it better. So far, so good.

However, if empolyers are often using automated tracking systems to filter CVs (as I'm told), and people can get their CVs rewritten by professionals so as to fit the criteria and get it picked up... then what's the actual point of writing CVs? If all successful CVs are going to be the same, in structure, general phrasing, style, etc, and if you're using computer systems to judge whether or not they hit the specifics, then why exactly is the CV so important?

A neighbour of mine hasn't worked since she was 20 or so (she's now 47). But she had her CV rewritten by the people who do such things and now it reads like she's had an amazing retail career. She now apparently has "a really good CV", because other people who know what the filters/employers are looking for wrote it for her. If anyone can thus have a wonderfully written and structured CV, and it's known that having one may tell you nothing about the actual person, why is a CV so essential? Or, more to the point, why is it the way the thing's written or structured that's considered important and not the actual information about your history and capabilities?

I'm considering whether or not I should take these people up on their offer and get my CV rewritten to conform entirely to these standards. If it helps get me noticed and increases my chances of getting job offers, I suppose I should. But I can't really see the logic behind such a system - it's like "writing a good CV" has become more important than the actual purpose of a CV, and what makes a "good CV" has little to do with who you are or what qualifications/personal traits you possess - instead, it's about how readily you can get someone else to rewrite it to conform to a standard pattern. In that case, it's not even a test of your own talents, is it?

Where is the logic in placing such importance on adherence to form when anyone can have their output adjusted by others to correspond perfectly to the form?
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