Making a Super CV – Part 3: What do you do with it?

June 8, 2007 11:08 am 0 comments

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Once you are done making your CV, another crucial part is to get it across effectively to the decision-makers.

Although it sounds like a trivial step in the application process, it is in fact an important factor. A number of applicants are not aware of proper ways of sending their CVs. I have seen scores of good CVs go into the trash can just because the applicants just handed them over to the clueless security guards standing at the doors. So, here are a few pointers on sending your CVs:

Send your CV to an organization when you are absolutely sure that they have a vacancy. Even though randomly sent CVs may get to the HR Department, they are seldom taken seriously and often are forgotten or misplaced. So the timing of dispatching your CV should be correct. Organizations are willing to evaluate all CVs when the need is there, and may overlook even the good ones when there is no vacancy.

It is OK to re-send your CV for a new vacancy to the same organization, even if you have previously sent it at a job fair or for a previous position. You can mention in the cover letter that you are sending the updated CV for the job posted. Most organizations may either discard old CVs or store them in files, so it is best to send your CV every time you hear there is a vacancy that matches your skill-sets.

However, make sure you only apply to vacancies that you can actually deliver at. We have seen cases where the same person has applied to every post from Programmer, Project Manager, Business Development Lead, Product Manager, and System Admin! Please find out your area of interest and only apply to that.

Identify the right channel to send your CV through. If you are applying to a software firm, send your CV through email, addressed to the company HR. (not your friend working in the company) If the company is not too computerized, you can send it through post. In this case, try using a reliable courier service (if you can afford to). Nowadays sending documents can cost somewhere below Rs100 – the cost of mere 2 litres of petrol :) . Thats not a bad investment if you consider the possible result.

Its not a bad idea to follow up with the company after sending your CV, however don’t be too pestering. Call the organization and see if they reply, if they don’t answer your call do not keep pressing them to look into their mails.

Good luck !!

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