“Free” is my favourite price and it’s probably yours too but sometimes you do get what you pay for and pretty much all of the Free CV Templates that proliferate the internet are of a pretty low quality. On a recent trawl through I failed to find any that did anything other than suggest you use a layout that has been around since before jobs were invented and submit your details in a style and format that could send a glass-eye to sleep.
Typically, they begin with suggesting that most of the first page is occupied with unnecessary headings (CV, Curriculum Vitae, Resume) and that you progress in a manner that ensures that you miss a vital opportunity to actually engage with the reader from the outset.
Some cheerily suggest that after this less than gripping start that you now include a section that is often called something like “personal objectives”. You can seize this opportunity to add some comments about your personal aims and aspirations, maybe adding your strict criteria that you will exercise before even considering a position. Why not expand on this golden opportunity and ask if the recruiter wouldn’t mind sending you a cash donation or maybe pop round and do a bit of light gardening for you: after all, your application is going straight down the drain at this stage so there’s little left to lose.
Now you can add your career history, in a strictly “reverse chronological format”. This almost certainly guarantees that issues such as a wobbly recent employment history have a very bright light shone on them and that perversely, key data is completely under represented.
The very “best” of these Free CV Templates often suggest that you close by adding a list of your hobbies and interests: this should confirm for the very few readers that have arrived at this point that you truly are a loner, sociophobe, deviant or have other characteristics that should make the recruiter very wary indeed of even speaking to you over the phone, let alone risk being in the same room with you.
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