CV surgery 5
In this regular feature Laurence Reymann of YPI Crew is looking at CVs, explaining how to better present them, and where jobseeking crew can go wrong in all aspects of the CV writing process. This month Laurence is reviewing the CV of a couple…
This couple opted to only have one CV featuring them both together as opposed to having two separate CVs. It is an interesting concept that works relatively well, and it is obvious to me that a lot of time and effort has been spent in the elaboration of the CV. However, there is too much text, too much reading to do, and too much redundant information. The CV would be improved by being leaner.
The husband’s experience in new build is mentioned three times, once in the personal profile, once in the employment history and once in practical skills . This is unnecessary;
I do not need to read the same information three times in different parts of the CV. Also, the language skills are mentioned twice, once in the introduction and once in practical skills.
Employment history and references
Both husband and wife have been working together since 2001, they have been on the same yachts, for the same period of time. They have, however, decided to duplicate the name of the yacht, the duration of employment, the location etc in their respective section ; so again, I am reading the same information twice. What would be wiser and more pleasing visually would be to mention the name of the yacht, the size, the dates only once and to below have his job description and next to it hers. This would allow for an airier CV, which is easier to read. The same comment applies for the references – five of them are duplicated.
There is too much information on this CV and it is tiring, but with a bit of tidying up, it will be perfect.