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Tailored (targeted) CV’s – use a job targeted CV to increase the likelihood of getting the job

targeted cvDo you use the same CV for every application you make – you shold not !

You want to have specialised or as we call it targeted CV for each job you apply for and with our multiple CV’s feature you are able to do that fast and easy.

We have implemented a feature called multiple CV’s.
With this feature you can have as many CV’s as you want and notice you can choose to make them inherit or not inherit from each other (we also call this a clone). When inherited – if you change the “top” CV of a group of inherited CV they all change – smart ! (example – at the drawing above – if the you in the Michael Comoto (Renewables) CV change a date  both the German and the Danish version same date is also changed).

If you want to have another CV version that are not inherited/linked to other CV’s then make a non inherit version (we also call this a copy). It could also be a CV in another language – even smarter!

For each CV you can choose Template (and preview before you choose).

Hereby you only need change what is necessary to have tailormade CV’s for the job application you need just right now – and we have saved you a lot of time and efforts !

Notice your CV versions are all saved in your portfolio of CV’s and you can use them as you like.

The last CV you ever need…

The problem that started it allyou need your last CV
Need of your last CV – Do you know the situation, where you want to apply for a job and you look at a confusing pile of different CV versions, online profiles and old paper applications? None of them fully updated and none of them fit for this particular job? And you simply have no clue where to get started ? Yes, it happened to us to. And that’s why we started to dream of my CV for Life, the last CV you will ever need to fill in.

The very core in our solution – the Comoto CV Manager

Our latest step in fulfilling this dream is Comoto – a one stop CV application, the central place were you can create, manage and distribute your CV, upload all your relevant documents and even import online profiles e.g. from LinkedIn or export your CV in numerous ways. This is how we ensure that the right people have the right information at the right time to make the right decisions that influence your life. Or maybe just help you create a good CV.

Comoto is the CV engine behind a couple of specialized online communities for different industries. Building specialized communities, proposing CV templates tailored to the industry specific skills. Our first community is Comozap, a career tool for SAP professionals.

You can read more about the special features for Comozap at www.comozap.com

The Comoto Team

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your CV and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto CV, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your CV and finally export to your favourite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your CV. Notice other unique features – like multiple CV’s – a few clicks and you can create a CV targeted for a specific job.

CV Tips – Use your skills and CV keywords with success

Use your skills and CV keywords with success

Employers / Recruiters uses skills and CV keywords when searching databases for a new employee. They are only human as well; they search for the skills and experience they want in a person. Be sure to use the Skills in Comoto to get all the skills you have, in your CV.

You could say that they use these skills/keyword to create a longlist of people who could be interesting, after that the read through these persons and create a shortlist of interesting people, which they want to look at.

So being a CV writer you should be aware of the following things:

  • Include all relevant Skills/Keywords in your CV
  • Avoid putting skills/expertise’s in there that you don’t have

Remember that after you get the job, the employer has a good overview of what you can do, so don’t disappoint them.

Using the Skills tabs in Comoto either on you as a person or on every experience or education you might have, that gives the employer and you a perfect overview.

The Comoto Team

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your CV and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto CV, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your CV and finally export to your favourite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your CV. Notice other unique features – like multiple CV’s – a few clicks and you can create a CV targeted for a specific job.

11 steps to a successful CV

11 steps to a successful CV

Your CV is like a showroom; it should display your qualification to recruiter or head-hunters as they skim your CV. How do you make them choose your CV? And how do the recruiters / head-hunters turn a pile of CV into just a few CV’s, including yours?

Follow these eleven simple tips to ensure your CV is among the few left when the recruiter goes back to his customer and says “I just found the perfect match!”

1. Find the type of CV wanted

The first thing you should do is to find out what form and style the company wants for the CV or what form and style is normally used in your line of work. Is it a two-pager, is it chronological? If you don’t know, then just call the recruiter and he/she will happily guide you.

2. Keep it concise

Your CV should be short and to the point, leave out unnecessary filling. Recruiters don’t want to spend a lot of time on reviewing a long CV – if you send them an encyclopaedic drilldown of your life to date, they won’t find the information they want. Keep it short and to the point and save the details for the interview.

3. Target your CV to the job

Take the time necessary to adapt your CV to each position you apply for. Get some background information on company and use the keywords in the job ad to find out which skills you should use and which you should leave out.

4. Personal statement

Tie your experience and work history to the vacant position so that the recruiter / head-hunter can see the connection between why he should choose you. This is best done with a brief personal statement to be sure the recruiter / head-hunter sees the connection.

5. Leave out gaps

Recruiters’ don’t like gaps – if they spot a gap they will either dig deeper to find out what is this al about (more work for them) or they will just go on to the next in the pile of interesting CV’s. If you have a gap, make a positive thing out of it, give them extra experience or another twist on the gap.

6. CV must be up-to-date

Be sure that your CV is always up-to-date, especially if it is an online CV it must always be up-to-date. Regardless of whether you’re actively job seeking, every time you gain some experience or otherwise have information for your CV, make the changes right away.

7. No mistakes and misspellings in your CV

Don’t let the recruiter / head-hunter dismiss your CV just because you made a mistake or misspelled something. Many recruiters / head-hunters see these types of mistakes as severe. They say “If you can’t even spell right or made stupid mistakes, you probably haven’t even read the CV after you wrote it.” Use a spellchecker on the text and have someone you trust, proofread it to get a second opinion.

8. Only the truth and nothing but the truth

Never ever tell a lie in your CV as many recruiters / head-hunter use references and their network to check the facts of your CV. If you tell a lie and it is discovered afterwards it is a reason to dismiss you and nobody wants that. Many times any inconsistencies are also discovered in the job by a simple Google search or at the interview and there it will be probed if they find any “lies”.

9. Remember numbers and facts

If you can – it is always a good idea to back up your achievements with numbers. Writing your work experience and achievements, don’t just tell the recruiter you increased profit; show them how much: EBIT increased 78% over 2 years, with a growth rate of sales on 30% over the same period.

10. Layout / design matters

Use a CV template that is in line with your profile. Marketing people can make something very chick and creative, but please if you are an accountant please choose a CV template that signals the right things. It all depends on the sector and what is normal, don’t use the design to make you standout in a negative manner.

11. Remember to use sector specific keywords

Today CV’s are many times online profiles, or CV’s that will be put into a recruiter / head-hunter internal IT systems for indexing and searching capabilities. These systems make use of keywords to search for, just like Google like specific keywords recruiters do so to. Make the keywords 100% aligned with the vacant position and also have some extra in there that can be the extra something to make you stand out from the crowd.

CV Checklist – better safe than sorry

CV checklist

This is a CV checklist to be sure that the right information is in your CV. Certain types of information must be included to give you the best possible chance, getting through to the important interview. A lot of recruiters / head-hunters are increasingly using online CV databases to search for potential candidates; including the right type of information will guide them to your profile. Below you can see a checklist you can use to be sure that you are in the game to get the job of your dreams.

Personal data

This is the standard data about you as a person; name, address, phone numbers, email address and soon. You might also wish to include details about your nationality, age and driving licence, it all depends what country you live in, for instance in the UK it is not advised to write ones age, due to age discrimination.

Education

Include information about your education, this includes your education but also if you have had some courses or seminars of an educational nature. Specific skills IT knowledge, languages skills and try to state which level it is on (basic, intermediate or advanced level). You should also include keywords used in the job ad for the position your interested in because recruiters will use keywords these to filter CV when searching in databases.

Work experience

You should list your work experience in reverse chronological order with the most recent most recent experience first. Use keywords to describe your experience, do it in a positive languages, using the right keywords for that sector and finally highlight your key achievements.

Skills

A section on your major skills can be used in some areas, these skills are skills acquired through you work experience and will typically be skills where you have achieved good results ore skills that you want to use in the future. The idea here is to show what you have learned in your work. Education is one thing, but the skills acquired when working is also extremely important.

References

It should not be necessary to have all the details on your referees in your CV, but you should state the basic information and that details are available on request. If you already have asked a former colleague if he would like to be a referee for you, then you can disclose his details, but if not always remember to get the permission to use them prior to handling over the contact information.

Hobbies

You should persuade the recruiter / head-hunter with your skills, experience and education. But sometimes it can be a good thing to show the recruiter / head-hunter that there are other things in life than work. Being a “whole” person resting in yourself can be achieved by disclosing your Hobbies or other interests. It gives a more complete rounded picture of a candidate.

This is just meant to be a mere idea of a checklist, sometimes regional practises or special rules in a special sector can apply, in that case use your common sense and use this list as a guideline and use your own checklist as well.


CV Tips – Spell Check

Spell Check

One thing you should do before you send your CV/Resume, is to make sure you give it a spell check. You can use build in version in your word processing software.

After you have done this spell check it, have someone else read the CV. Just to make certain that you haven’t given wrong information or to ensure that the text is readable and easy to understand. A spell checker can easily give you a wrong “security” in the sense that it doesn’t check for wrong words used in a sentence. It is also important that you get a second opinion on your wordings and the way you write things.

Leave your CV/Resume alone, and read it again after a while to be sure nothing slipped your eyes. As your CV could be responsible of you getting the job of your dreams it is better to be safe than sorry.

In our application at Comoto we are constantly working to improve the services, and one project in our pipeline is to include a build in spell checker in Comoto, we will give you information when this has been finalized.

 

The Comoto Team

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your Resume and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto Resume, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your Resume and finally export to your favorite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your Resume. Notice other unique features – like multiple resumes – a few clicks and you can create a Resume targeted for a specific job or Export to many different formats.

 

New free CV Templates available now!

New free CV templates

Please notice Comoto launch a new and more advanced Template section of the Comoto application early 2013 with more and new free CV templates.

We have just launched a bunch of new free CV templates for you to use. All our templates are free and easy to use. Import your CV from LinkedIn and use our templates it freely in Comoto. Export you CV in multiple versions, and maintain several versions of your CV in the Comoto CV manager.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a template you want to use?

If you have a favourite template that you want to use – to get the job of your dream – and you want this done easier and faster to work with, then send the template of your choice to theteam@140.82.38.88 and we will put it up on Comoto. The template will be freely available for all of our users.

The Comoto Team

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your CV and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto CV, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your CV and finally export to your favourite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your CV. Notice other unique features – like multiple CV’s – a few clicks and you can create a CV targeted for a specific job.