Often at social events people ask me what I do for a living. When I tell then I am a Professional CV Writer they are often surprised such a thing exists. When I tell then most of my clients are senior people, they are even more surprised: “Surely senior people and CEOs are good CV writers”. In my experience senior people/CEOs are not good CV writers; one CEO of a large asset-intensive New Zealand business came to me with a 29 page “CV” – actually, it was more like a board presentation!
Why aren’t Senior People and CEOs good CV Writers?
Like all of us, they lack perspective on what their offer is or how their offer should be pitched. They can’t see the wood for the trees, so present a 29 page forest. The vast majority, need someone to assist them to sift through what is important and what’s not, what can be left to the interview and what their brand proposition should be. Only an independent and good CV writer can do this.
Firstly, they simply don’t have the time to be good CV writers. They are running multi-million dollar departments or businesses.
Secondly, a good CV writer is always a good sales/marketing person. They asses where the CEO wants to go next, what is required and strategically match the two. For all their exceptional skills, most COEs don’t have this specialized skill.
Thirdly, a good CV writer will strategically interview the client. They will get them talking and capture unique and powerful verbatim phrases. A good CV writer will then use these to add personalised and unique strategic value to the client. In other words, they will make them stand out in a highly compelling manner.
Finally, I facilitate this through a unique and proven one-hour interview process.
A Good CV writer will get you Results.
My senior clients and CEOs get interviews. No ifs, no buts. Many of these people have told me that their CV was commented on by their new employer. Many of them have had favourable comments from recruiters as well. One of those recruiters has recently been sending me clients who need a good CV writer. The clients themselves refer me on.
In summary, a good CV writer won’t just help you get to the interview, they will have the employer/recruiter leaving in when you enter the room.
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