4 CV Mistakes Costing You Interviews
Have you applied for numerous jobs but have not been called for any interviews?
What could be leading to this?
Truth is, this can be a very frustrating time, and the fact that you may not know the reason for this even makes it worse.
However, before you give up, have a look at your CV and ensure it is not the reason for this.
Your CV is the one document that matters most during a job application.
It chronicles your career history and tells employers if you are qualified for a position or not. It’s then only natural that it should be faultless, deliver on requirements and effectively communicate your suitability.
Here are 4 Signs Your CV is Costing You Job Interviews & What to Do
1. It uses paragraphs instead of lists
How do you describe your previous roles? How do you tell the employer about the duties and responsibilities you held? Do you use paragraphs or lists?
If you use paragraphs to explain what you did in your previous positions, you are going about CV writing all wrong. Employers don’t have time to read through a long paragraph of text.
They want to see your duties and responsibilities in bullet points, just like they appear in the Job Description.
Using lists makes your CV easier to read, highlights the most important aspects of your experience, and appeals more to employers.
It also makes it easy for someone to see your qualifications.
2. Important employment details are missing
While education plays an important role in the recruitment process, your experience is the most important factor. An employer will hire someone who lacks the education but has the experience, and will disregard someone with top education but lacks the experience required.
This then means that your CV must be clear on previous employment details. Under your work experience section, ensure you include these details for every position held;
- Job Title
- Period worked (e.g 6 months or 1 year 3 months)
- Start and End Dates
- Name of Company where you worked
- Duties & Responsibilities
- At least 2 achievements
3. It lacks keywords for the job in question
It is not enough that you send in a CV as an application for a new job opening, it needs to also match the job in question.
To achieve this, minor editing should be done to include similar terms as those used in the job description.
Consider using synonyms and related terms. Job titles differ from one company to the other, but the duties and responsibilities are relatively the same.
So instead of having the job title assigned to you on the CV, consider tweaking or adding the title given in the Job description – as long as your duties match. This is a proven trick that works well in getting employers to read on.
4. It lists your entire career history instead of the most important details
Yes, a Curriculum Vitae is a document that highlights your career history. But this does not mean you include each and every role you have held. This could easily result in a very lengthy CV that ends up confusing employers instead of impressing them.
Regardless of your years of experience, try and make your CV 2-3 pages. Those very experienced may feel the need to have more pages, but try to make it as short as possible.
Why? A short document that goes straight to the point communicates better than a lengthy one.
Remember, employers only need a few seconds to decide if you warrant an interview or not. Make sure you communicate your experience on the first page of the document.
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