Writing the perfect CV

It’s hard for candidates to write a CV; never knowing what to put on it, how to arrange it and what’s relevant can be difficult to sort out.

These things, on the other hand, they’re a little more obvious mistakes that jobseekers should never, ever put on their CV.

 Meaningless introductions

On a CV, you need to be concise and clear. You have limited space before an employer gets bored of what they’re reading so don’t use it up with a silly introduction. If you have a good enough CV, you can introduce yourself at an interview in person and if you don’t then there’s no need to introduce yourself.

Your business contact info

Career coach Eli Amdur puts it best: “This is not only dangerous; it’s stupid. Do you really want employers calling you at work? …your current employer can monitor your emails and phone calls.” Don’t risk those uncomfortable explanations or phone calls. Misuse of company property can also get you fired, and you don’t want to leave on that note.

 Spelling errors or poor grammar

Read your CV back. Yes, you’ve written it and I’m sure you think it’s great, but spelling and grammar are an easy thing to brush over. If you know that it’s too colloquial then change it. On top of that, check your tenses please as if you’re not working in that job still then it’s past. Present for the present. Not difficult, but easily missed.

We’re grouping opinions in here too. It’s just poor form to include opinions, no employer wants to know you’re a great communicator if you’ve got absolutely no work to evidence it with.

Pointless work experience

It’s highly unlikely that, while applying for a job in finance or trade, your potential employer wants to know about that week you spent helping in a zoo a decade ago. If the work experience doesn’t apply to the job you’re going for then leave it out.

This being said, if your previous work experience demonstrates your skill in a field of interest that relates to the job then leave it in but don’t forget to point out the skill. Playing the violin doesn’t have anything to do with dentistry until you point out the finger dexterity required.

Your hobbies

It’s another one of those irrelevant things you don’t really need on your CV. If it doesn’t relate to the job and takes up more than a line or so, don’t bother with it. They don’t care and we know they should but not everyone cares about how good you are at crocheting.

 Lies

Rosemary Haefner, Chief HR Officer at CareerBuilder looks at lies as “misguided attempts to compensate for lacking 100% of the qualifications specified in the job posting.” She’s not wrong.

Just don’t do it. Especially blatant and stupid lies. A survey by CareerBuilder of 2,000 hiring managers found one candidate once claimed to be the former CEO of the company he was applying for, another a Nobel Prize winner. Just apply for something you’re qualified for, stop trying to fill a hole in the CV.

Unprofessional email

We get it, iloveb00ze@ gmail.com sounded really cool at the time. Thing is, this is really not going to help you get that job you wanted. Maybe it’s time to pick a new one.

Choosing a personal email is simple, your name if it’s available and if not then a full-stop in between or a digit at the end works. Keep it professional – it takes two minutes and it’s completely free.

Inconsistent formatting

Formatting your CV is a no-brainer. Career-advice expert Amanda Augustine says it’s just as important as content. Don’t go splurging your thoughts onto the page, even if you do edit them. Create a consistent and professional style. You need something that compliments the useful information and is well-grouped so things are easy to find.

If you create a labyrinth of jumbled fonts and sizing’s then it’s unlikely you’ll ever hear back from them.

Annoying buzzwords

Harris Poll survey company recently canvassed hiring managers on the worst buzzwords on CVs. The worst five were: Best of breed – go-getter. Think outside of the box; Synergy; Go-to person. When they see these, they put the CV down. Take note and get rid of those awkward and terrible buzzwords that plague your application.

 References

One of the more tame things to not include on your CV. If they want your references, they’ll request them.

SOURCE: Recruitment Grapevine, 18th June 2019

https://www.recruitmentgrapevine.com/content/article/2019-06-18-things-jobseekers-should-never-include-on-a-cv?es_c=B29296A6B9BB91AC570CD926A36307BD&es_cl=4351806291151A21EFBC469429C08D1D&es_id=6hj%C2%A322#.XQjMmkYWoOY.email

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