The vague CV


In a pile of 50, 100, 200 CVs, recruiters will quickly go to the essentials to find the best candidate. You can facilitate their task by clearly presenting those skills that you have to offer. Being vague does not pay.

“It is better to say less and present a customized description of what you can bring to the company than to be vague or too broad,” explains Olivia Morin of Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi de Montréal Centre-Ville. Recruiters do not have time to waste trying to read between the lines in order to understand your career path. “When I get a CV,” says Christopher Livingstone from the recruitment firm Proforce Personnel, “I first look at the professional experience. It must be coherent, detailed and it must correspond exactly to what I am looking for.”

A good CV is about the essentials


A good CV goes right to the essentials and clearly shows that you have the qualifications required for the position. Avoid descriptions that are too complicated or terms that are too general, because the recruiter needs to discern quickly what your aptitudes are. Find out about the company, the position you’re targeting and the type of responsibilities and tasks that it requires and then emphasize the corresponding elements of your profile.

“It is important,” says Elodie Darras of Citim, “to give your CV a title. If you are applying for a position as a sales representative, write it clearly on your CV. The title should jump out at the recruiters for they are looking to fill a specific position.”

Also, do not hesitate to refine your formatting in order to highlight the most important points, for example by using the Bold feature. Your CV will thus gain in clarity and be more effective.