Often my clients complain that they got their CV made from rather well know organisation (s) (some well known the Job Portals offer these services) but there was no personal touch and the final product was very pathetic. Hence, for the benefit of all, I thought of putting down a few very important points which you can use to check the qualities of good CV maker before you entrust your professional and personal particulars to him or her.
Here are a few essential qualities your CV maker will need to have to be a great and effective CV writer.
- Industry Experience
- Up to date with the information, trends and technology
- Good Experience of Writing CVs
- Sincere and Hardworking
- Strong Communication Skills
- Personal Touch
- Strong Credentials
Please read on to know about them in detail. Make sure that you check out these qualities in him or her before you hand over the CV Making assignment to that person.
1. Industry Experience
It is of the utmost importance that the person or the resume writing team is well qualified and has sufficient industry experience. Of course, it may not be possible to find a person who is exactly from your industry and the professional stream with more experience than you to write your CV. Still it may be relevant to emphasize here that some experience or vague experience should not be accepted by you.
For instance if you are from the Consumer Durable background and are in the modern trade department with about 5 years of experience, then a well experienced person who has earlier been in the Telecom sales with 10 + years should fit into the category of the person having reasonably good industry experience to understand your profile and do justice while writing your CV.
2. Up to date with the information, trends and technology
The world, the technologies, the industry practices and business trends are changing all the time and it’s important that your CV writer is well informed about it. You will do well by asking him or her that how does he or she keep up to date with new trends, practices and emerging terms at all times.
Most of the writers once graduate or leave the industry do not bother to keep learning. Whereas a good CV maker needs to be a store house of everything he learns or reads so that it can be used appropriately.
No one expects them to be perfectly or fully informed about everything all the time, but it is essential that CV Maker is able to understand the impact of use of right technical terms and talk about the Key Responsibility Areas (KRAs) properly in you CV.
3. Good Experience of Writing CVs
It looks like that writing a CV is an easy job – after all it is a 2 to 4 pages document about the job seeker. People think that it is all about giving the information covering educational qualifications, professional degrees and diplomas and job experience and contact details and the CV is made. But try writing the CV of a person who has 4 or more years of experience, has changed 2 jobs and has worked in 2 different industries. I am sure most of the people will simply give up within minutes of starting.
A good CV writer is like an advertising man, copywriter, graphic designer, industry professional and a visualiser – all rolled into one who can create a perfect advertisement copy of a candidate / job seeker – which is visually appealing, easy to read and is impressive to the head hunter as well as the potential employer.
Just think that how many people can actually do this!
4. Sincere and Hardworking
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No two individuals are same. Each one has a unique combination of the set of qualifications, talent, achievements and industry experience. Therefore, each resume should be hand crafted by the resume maker and not use one of the few standard templates he may have.
Unfortunately, in my 2 decades of practiced I have noticed many CVs which are carbon of one another. I think there are 3 possible reasons for this kind of output.
Firstly, the CV maker does not want to work hard so he simply pours the relevant information of his client into a readymade template and does some finishing.
Secondly, he does not know how to present the CV nor has the knowledge of the particular industry the candidate comes from. So he unethically relies on the readymade CVs and tweaks the content to prepare a new CV.
Thirdly, he is working on very low pricing so he is not able to devote a few days on writing a unique masterpiece.
Normally it should take a CV writer 2 to 3 working days to create a good CV. So if anybody is offering you a CV in a couple of hours, obviously is relying on shortcuts. Interestingly, I have often found people having copy pasted CV made by us to produce another CV and sometimes it is done by our ex employees too!
5. Strong Communication Skills
Communication is the key quality essential for any CV Writer. This includes both listening to the individual – whether candidate seeking job or entrepreneur and preparing the set information on the CV in a way that it can clearly be understood by the recruiter and potential employer. Candidates whose CV catches the attention of recruiters and they are able to easily understand their CV are more likely to get shortlisted. This will also help the candidates during the job interview process as the interviewer is able to understand about the achievements, experience and uniqueness of the candidate, making his interview performance more effective.
The client – which could be an individual or an organisation, shares a lot of confidential information with the CV writer. This could be break in education, gap in employment or being sacked for one reason or other etc. Like a good Doctor or a Lawyer it is the moral and ethical duty of the resume writer not to discuss or share this information with anyone – ever !
Good CV writing is not a child’s play. Normally a person does not even know his own qualities quite well. He is indifferent towards his achievements in the organisation he is working or has worked. The individual who has come to a CV writer is quite likely to be ignorant about his talents too.
Hence takes an empathetic, experienced and well trained person who can not only build rapport with the candidate or the business owner and make him tell all the good side of his or her professional self.
If the candidates feel that they are being listened to and cared for by the right resume writer who has taken an interest in their professional growth and career well-being – then only will they actually open up.
Empathy, rapport building are very powerful things for winning the trust of the person whom the CV writer is connecting with for the first time.
8. Personal Touch
We are living in the world where the robots and machines talk to the humans. The large CV Making factories also employ methods such as ‘fill in the form’ and ‘deposit the money’ and your CV shall be delivered to you – perhaps to save on time on money. I strongly believe that without a personal touch – where one to one discussion is an important part, how can a CV maker know all that which is worth knowing about the candidate.
9. Strong Credentials
A diploma or a graduate degree is not sufficient. There has to be a whole lot of it, such as education from a good school, at least upto post graduate level education and preferably it has to be a professional degree such as MBA, CA or Engineering – still better if he has a combination of these qualifications.
About the Author
Sundeep Kataria is the CEO of ACS Consultants – a Management Consulting Firm. He holds multiple qualifications: MBA, PGDIT (IIFT), MS in Counselling & Psychotherapy and Diploma in Company Law. He has also formally learnt Digital Marketing and Website Making.
In 1995 he pioneered the concept of professionally writing CV. Over the years he has come a long way and has written thousands of CVs, Profiles and LinkedIn profiles of Professionals, Entrepreneurs, Industry Leaders, Bureaucrats and Students.
The unique style of Sundeep Kataria is that he connects with each and every individual personally, holds in depth discussion before undertaking the assignment of CV Making.