Assumptions Hiring Managers Make Just From Reading Your CV
Making assumptions is human nature.
Employers make judgements every day without the benefit of ever meeting you, the applicant. These judgements are often made based on your CV alone.
When it comes to job hunting, there are no second chances for you to impress. This means that the snap impressions they make based on your CV count.
Don’t let your CV writing send the wrong message. Here are some common assumptions HR managers make based on your CV, so that you can avoid being quickly eliminated from the list of interview candidates.
1. That you are not skilled enough due to job gaps
Job gaps always raise the eyebrows of hiring managers unfortunately. Employers may also jump to conclusions that your lack of consistent work may mean your skills have gotten rusty.
There’s a number of things you can do to creatively close these employment gaps. One of them is to ensure that you take up freelancing and consulting jobs whenever you’re out of a full time job just to show initiative.
2. That you are a risky hire
If you job hop too frequently (once every six to 12 months), you’ll appear to be a disloyal employee.
Employers interview candidates who they are hoping will stay with the company. They are usually looking to invest their time and money in new employees who see a long career with their organization.
This is not too big of an ask from employers, in my opinion, as usually it will take you three to six months at minimum to get learn all the ropes at your new job.
If they see you as a risky hire, they’ll figure it’s not worth it bothering to interview you.
If you can stay at a job for at least a year or longer that would be best. If you have already left a job or a few jobs within less than a year, prepare your CV in a way that makes you appear more professional.
If you can make the roles seem like contractual positions the better. You could have been jumping from contract to contract because you hadn’t been offered a full-time position yet.
3. That you cannot do the job or that you lack the experience
This calls for creativity especially for fresh candidates. But even experienced professionals fall for this trap. If you are listing responsibilities instead of accomplishments in your work history section, you are doing it wrong.
You need to show off your skills in a way that convinces employers you will bring value. You can do this by illustrating specific situations, in a brief way of course, that show how using that skill lead to success.
For example, if you are in operations but are working remotely, you could illustrate how great your communication skills by giving an example where you used these skills successfully.
You could say: she gets appraised severally by her line manager for keeping the reporting line up-to-date by giving ongoing operation summary reports twice a day; showing herself to have good communication skills.
4. That you lack professionalism
This can be evident from your email address. No one will ever take you seriously if the email address you apply to jobs with is not your official name.
If your CV makes you seem like you don’t take your job hunt seriously, you won’t be considered as a serious candidate, and you will not be getting a call about an interview.
We hope this was food for thought for you. If you had never considered that these are mistakes you could be making in your CV, we hope this was helpful.
If you are looking to come across as a serious candidate for the jobs you are applying for consider reaching out to our CV writers who will offer their professional help and guidance.