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High Impact CVs: 52 brilliant ideas for making your résumé sensational by John Middleton

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37Is it convenient to talk?

Life can be cruel. Shortlisted candidates can be demoted to the reserve list if they cannot be reached by phone for whatever reason.

If your CV fits the bill, recruiters will want to get hold of you and you’ll need to be able to answer their call professionally no matter where and when it comes.

Picture this. A line manager picks out half a dozen applicants for interview, gives the personnel department a date for the interviews to take place and asks them to get at least four candidates in. The personnel assistant then gets on the phone and starts ringing around. One candidate’s home phone number rings and rings. There’s no mobile number on the CV so the assistant puts that candidate’s details to one side and ...

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