Imagine your CV is a cake … everyone can bake a cake, right? No really, it’s true – anyone can go online and find a recipe, or a video on YouTube, instructions on Pinterest… Easy! But unless you’ve actually baked a cake, it’s very difficult to know if you are on the right track…
Am I supposed to beat the mixture until it looks like that? I couldn’t separate the eggs properly, but I’m sure it will be okay! My hand got tired beating the egg whites so the peaks aren’t quite stiff enough, but I’m sure nobody will notice!
Wrong! EVERYONE will notice. And your cake will get passed over because it’s not a good cake.
Is it really a piece of cake?
You could spend hours preparing, mixing, and baking, but if you’re not a skilled baker, all the time in the world will not create a superb culinary delight. All the input from other people, all the enthusiasm, all the drive, all the ambition, all the effort, all the expense, and all the tears will be for nothing if your cake is a flop.
At the end of the day, you might have a cake, but will it be a cake anyone wants to eat? And it’s the same with CVs.
All the effort in the world will not make you a skilled wordsmith if you’re not an experienced writer.
You might have the right ingredients, but the wrong recipe.
Or the right recipe, but the wrong ingredients.
Sure, at the end of the process, you’ll have a CV, but will it be a CV that employers want to read?