Why you need a CV

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Why you need a CV

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Steve, a job seeker, asks: Why do you need a CV? Having been applying for jobs in the last few months, I am always asked to fill in a job application form; or if you email your CV, then they send you and application pack. I don’t understand why you need a CV when they don’t what it anyway. You go to all the trouble of doing a CV and then you have to fill in an application form – why?

In answer:
Because they wouldn’t send you the job application form, without you sending a CV in first!

The CV excites their interest, but legally you can lie on a CV. So the employer or recruiter sends you a job application form so that if you lie, they can instantly sack you with no notice/no redundancy. The application form is there as a legal belt and braces.

If you find you are always having to fill out job application forms, then you are applying to big employers. Smaller employers will just want a CV initially, and then after first interview if they are legally savvy will get you to fill out the job application form.

It sounds like the major mistake you are making at present is being reactive to employers, ie always applying via job boards. If you applied to employers you wanted to work for, you would be using your CV more. That method has far less competition and far more success of interview.

Good Luck!

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