How To Tell That Your CV Is Boring
Does your CV look like a checklist? Have you desperately tried to convince your potential employers that you are qualified for a specific role but have failed to?
Could your CV be too boring for the employer?
While the HR’s goal is to screen CVs and identify qualified candidates, the person doing the screening might get bored especially after going through numerous CVs.
The purpose of your CV is to list your employment so that employers know you have experience; include job titles, so they know you have done the job before; include dates, so they gauge your loyalty and employable record; and, include education, certifications, and professional development, so they verify your credentials.
The rest of the CV is for marketing, so you can set yourself apart from other job seekers. How do you do this? By differentiating, interesting, and attention capturing copy that can catch the attention of the employer. It is also important that you motivate them to “buy” what you are selling – “you.”
Therefore, before you decide to use your CV to tell HR what an Operations Manager does, what a Creative Director is supposed to do, or what Sales Managers are in charge of, try to capture their attention by telling them concisely, how well you did it. Tell a story of what challenges you faced, how you creatively overcame them, and paint a picture of the results your efforts produced.
CV checklist for any job seeker
Here is a CV checklist to help determine if you have said way too much and if is boring:
1. Is your Career Profile longer than five to six sentences?
Keep things short, sweet and employer-focused. It helps if you write this section last.
2. Have you included more than two to three soft skills in your CV?
Soft skills (work ethic, ability to work under pressure, and the likes) can be the X factor that differentiates you and energizes your writing. When you present your soft skills do so in the context of your work. Try not to mention, hardworking, honest, as it is not substantiated.
By writing in a line describing what you did and the results you got from it, you capture the employer’s attention. Be careful, however, not to list too many as this may work against you.
3. Does your employment history resemble a job advert?
Have you just defined what your job title means by recounting the reason you were hired? Don’t do this. Instead, focus on how you performed in this role, how you owned the role, and tell a story of the scope of your work and some of the obstacles you faced and overcame, and how you better positioned the department or company.
4. Do you have about 10 or more bullets under each job description?
Remember, accomplishments are to be put in bullets. While you may have more than a few accomplishments under each role, a professional CV writer can combine similar achievements, identify which are worth mentioning, and support smaller accomplishments in this section.
Writing a CV that is not boring can give you the break you need, by getting you noticed, which is one step closer to the interview and ultimately landing your dream job.
If you’re not sure about your writing abilities or how to present yourself correctly, ask a professional CV writer for help.