Do You Have A Dinosaur CV?

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Do You Have A Dinosaur CV?

Take the quiz to see how up-to-date your CV is. Find out where you are on the Dino-meter: Fossil, Dinosaur, Cave man, Human or Alien.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Is your CV longer than 4 pages?
    • A. 

      Yes, my CV is more than 7 pages

    • B. 

      Yes, my CV is 6 pages

    • C. 

      Yes, my CV is 5 pages long

    • D. 

      No, my CV is 4 pages long

    • E. 

      No, my CV is less than 4 pages, but more than 1

  • 2. 
    Do you have a front/cover page with only “CV of Your Name” in large print with an image of a degree certificate, graduate etc , coupled with an elaborate border?
    • A. 

      Yes, I went all out with decorating my cover page.

    • B. 

      Yes, I have a cover page with my name, CV and relevant picture

    • C. 

      Yes, I have a colourful cover page, but with no picture

    • D. 

      Yes, I have a black and white cover page with my name

    • E. 

      No, cover pages are so last season

  • 3. 
    Does the top third part of your CV immediately tell the reader who you are, your qualifications and job title?
    • A. 

      Definitely, the top third part is the most important part and needs to grab attention

    • B. 

      Yes, I used the top third part, but I am not sure if it grabs attention

    • C. 

      I didn't use only the top third, but about half a page to give personal information

    • D. 

      Top third? No I used the whole first page

    • E. 

      Only the top third? That's not nearly enough space for all my personal information!

  • 4. 
    Is your CV e-mail attachment named something like CV2011.doc – a name totally unconnected with you or what you do?
    • A. 

      What else would I save it as?

    • B. 

      Well, it is my 2011 CV....

    • C. 

      I added the version as well

    • D. 

      I saved it as my_name_CV.doc

    • E. 

      I saved it as my_name_ and_surname_jobtitle_CV.doc

  • 5. 
    Have you included comments about your health, or family anywhere in the opening pages of your CV?
    • A. 

      Most definitely! My first page includes ALL my personal information

    • B. 

      Yes, I included my number of dependents, excellent health and relationship status.

    • C. 

      Yes, but I kept it very short

    • D. 

      No, I only included mt I.D. number, address and contact details

    • E. 

      No, I only included my contact information

  • 6. 
    Did you edit your CV carefully to suit every application you make?
    • A. 

      Who does that?

    • B. 

      I don't see the use of it?

    • C. 

      My experience and qualifications don't change for every application, why should my CV?

    • D. 

      I do change my cover letter to suit each application

    • E. 

      Yes, each job ad has different requirements and I change my CV to suit that.

  • 7. 
    Do you have more than 5 or 6 points in your “Duties” section?
    • A. 

      Oh yes! I have to list absolutely everything to showcase my skills

    • B. 

      I list as much as I can

    • C. 

      Yes, I have

    • D. 

      I try to limit my duties to 5 points

    • E. 

      No. I also try to rather list achievements than duties

  • 8. 
    Are there any paragraphs longer than 4 lines anywhere in your CV?
    • A. 

      Yes, I have so much to write

    • B. 

      No, I prefer bullets

  • 9. 
    Have you stated clearly and specifically, anywhere, in your CV or covering letter, how you would help the reader make more money or save more money, or run a better operation in any way?
    • A. 

      No, I can't brag about myself like that

    • B. 

      I don't know whether I can do that yet

    • C. 

      Shouldn't companies be able to get that from my qualifications and experience

    • D. 

      Yes. I did, but I kept it low key

    • E. 

      Yes. I used my past experiences to highlight what benefits I offer to potential employers

  • 10. 
    Have you given more than ¼ of a page of space to jobs you did more than 15 years ago?
    • A. 

      Of course! The more the better.

    • B. 

      Yes, shouldn't you give details about everything you've done?

    • C. 

      I did, but I am not sure how much detail I should give.

    • D. 

      No, but I feel like I am not selling myself effectively.

    • E. 

      Of course not! I'd rather use that space for current and recent jobs.

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