Could 'Achievement Amnesia' cost you your career?

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Our personal CV is arguably one of the most important documents we own. It is our own personal shop window to the world of work, a place where we can promote our expertise and achievements to secure our dream jobs, pursue our desired careers and demand the kind of salaries we feel we deserve.

However, big question marks still hang over the CV - what should be included or rejected, what are the most important parts of the CV, how should we present it in order to get in front of the people that matter, and what do employers actually value most highly on a CV? And will the old and tired CV be replaced by the new types of online CV - what value can they add to the jobseeking process?

This report is based on research that was commissioned to explore some of these issues, by investigating how we go about compiling our CVs and contrasting what is seen as most important to jobseekers when writing a CV, with what employers see as most valuable when recruiting.

The findings make interesting reading both for jobseekers and recruiters alike, as they expose a significant factor that is clearly preventing some jobseekers from creating CVs that are ultimately successful - something we have termed 'Achievement Amnesia'.

About the research

The primary research for this report was conducted by Research Now - an international online fieldwork and panel specialist. The research has been commissioned by to further understand the job seeking nuances in the recruitment market place. Two surveys were carried out in Great Britain in early Summer 2008:

An employer survey: the total sample size was 200 employers who have sole or part responsibility for hiring new jobseekers. Fieldwork was carried out online between the 19th and 23rd May 2008.

A 'jobseeker' survey: the total sample size was 1,000 British working adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between the 19th and 23rd May 2008. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB working adults aged 18+.