Why a professional CV should improve your job chances by 2500%

A good CV is no guarantee of a job – but a bad CV is pretty close to a guarantee you won’t get one. UK employers are currently seeing an average of 85 applications per job – according to a survey published by the Association of Graduate Recruiters this summer. The numbers are higher in some industries – with firms like Unilever and Procter & Gamble reporting 160 applications for every graduate marketing and sales job advertised. Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency showed that more than 20,000 graduates – that’s 9% – were unemployed six months after leaving university. Many of the rest were taking jobs shelf stacking or cleaning the street to pay the bills. The sad truth is the employer holds the whip hand and, if they receive dozens of CVs for every position, they can afford to be picky. Standing out from the crowd: how the hiring process works I used to hire large numbers of people and it was the same old story: We used to see far more CVs than we had jobs available. We needed a way to sort the wheat from the chaff – and we didn’t have any time to waste. The first thing I did was file any CVs with typos, mistakes or inconsistent layout or style in the bin. I wanted people with an eye for detail and if they couldn’t pull it off on their own CV, how could I rely on them in the workplace? Maybe I was being picky eliminating someone because they had an apostrophe in the wrong place or a full-stop missing but when I had 100...