You must remember that the best-qualified person does not necessarily get the job. It is one who presents himself / herself confidently, speaks well and sells himself / herself at the interview. And this can be despite the fact that others may have better qualifications and more experience. The person who makes the interviewer believes that he has that extra magic and that the company cannot afford not to have him / her, is the one who will get the job. The extra magic is really preparation. Successful persons will tell you that to succeed there is no substitute for hard work. Similarly for a good interview there is no substitute for preparation.
The importance of the CV cannot be understated. It is the document that will secure you an interview and later employment. Therefore you should never be hasty in writing one. It should be carefully constructed with attention to detail and all relevant information must be included. I state relevant advisedly because irrelevances have no place in a CV apart from irritating the person / company to whom it has been sent. Hema Ravichandar - Senior Vice-President and Head of Human Resources at Infosys Technologies, says…. "The CV needs to be brief and to the point, highlighting relevant and outstanding capabilities in various areas. Never write what you ate not or have not done. Remember the job you are applying for and what it requires. Ensure you have those skills and knowledge and the CV projects the same." You must remember that companies have hundreds of CV’s to read and the last thing they want is a CV mired in irrelevancies. It would irritate them and the CV would quickly find itself consigned to the dustbin.
The important factor is that the CV must be noticed. Haresh Chawla - Chief Executive of CNBC India, recalls: "Recently I came across a CV that was in the form of a dummy newspaper,
with the lead story talking about the candidate's recruitment to CNBC. Another CV that comes to mind had sections like'Passions and Dreams instead of standard sections like Achievements and Academic records and made a lasting impression. Once I received a resume written in chaste Hindi. I
must admit I was taken aback initially. But, the position was for the Hindi programming head. The candidate fit the job perfectly and with her CV she proved her credentials at the first instance.
It's been three years and I can still recall her CV.”