5 CV BLUNDERS TO AVOID
When it comes to job-hunting and securing interviews, your CV is the first point of contact every hiring manager uses to gain an insight into whether you are worth being given a shot or not. Have you been applying to tons of jobs yet have not gotten even one call back? Your CV may be the one thing standing between you and your dream job. One careless blunder on this important paper may ruin your chances of making a good first impression; this is why you need to take a second look at your CV to be sure it is free of the following blunders that are listed in this article.
Writing a bland list of duties:
No hiring manager is interested in a long list of your previous duties. They rather want to see what value you added while serving in that role and the things you achieved. What problems did you help your organization solve and what results did you produce? For example, a writer applying for a developing content role could write: ‘Developed 30 original contents for XYZ blog in 2 months’. This clearly demonstrates your contribution to your previous role.
Listing positions that do not fit:
Yes, it is understood that you have experience and you are enthusiastic about showing them off. One thing though, do not list any previous work experience that doesn’t in any way relate to the job you are applying for. If it doesn’t fit the job description of the role you are vying for, then remove it as it will not give you a better shot at the job. Allow the relevant information on your CV to be seen.
Making claims you cannot substantiate:
In a bit to impress the hiring manager with your CV, do not make claims that are not credible. Ensure you are not telling lies with your CV because a time will come to demonstrate the skills you claim to have or the achievements you claimed, and you don’t want to embarrass yourself or be perceived as a liar at your first interview.
Not using custom CV:
A one-size-fits-all CV never cuts it. As long as you are applying for different roles in different establishments, make sure every CV is edited and tailored for a target employer to meet the criteria as listed in the vacancy you are applying for. Don’t try to use a stone to kill many birds. Carefully read and understand the requirements as listed by the employer then outline the relevant skills you possess that are a great match with what the employer wants.
Listing irrelevant information:
Do not fill up your CV with information that is irrelevant. For example; date of birth, hobbies, marital status, nationality, nursery/primary/secondary education details, etc. Keep it short and simple and ensure that every information listed will contribute to giving you a better shot at the job.
Go ahead and use this as a checklist to craft that cutting-edge CV to your dream job. Success!
Also published on Medium.