All recruitment consultants have read their fair share of hilarious CVs. While this may be entertaining for the consultant, it can create an impression of complacency and have a detrimental effect on the candidates’ chances of getting the job.
Your CV should concentrate on showing your new employer that you are the right person , the best person and have the skills to be a success.
We have compiled a list of ‘Dos & Don’ts’ to prevent your CV from falling into the ‘hilarious’ bracket.
What you should avoid:
- Too much information: It’s unnecessary to include your sex, age, marital status and nationality. There has even been an occasion where a candidate included their star sign… just don’t.
- Amusing email addresses: Having something like firstname.lastname@example.org probably won’t result in your application being taken seriously.
- Clichés: No one wants to read that you’re a ‘go-getter‘ who ‘puts in 110%.’ You should highlight your skills and attitude by evidencing relevant experience and examples.
- Jargon and overly complicated/technical language: Keep it clear, concise and punchy.
- Salary expectations: This never comes across well.
- Graphics, tables and photos: It usually results in the CV looking too disorderly and messy.
What you should be doing:
- Be honest, no one is an expert at everything and you’ll probably be asked to explain a lot of key information on your CV at the interview stage.
- Research the organisation and adjust your CV to fit.
- Study the job description and role to ensure you have a good idea of what the employer is looking for.
- Ensure your CV is written with active language; instead of writing ‘I had to organise’ simply write ‘organised.’ When describing your current role you should ensure it’s written in the present tense.
- Explain how your skills and employment history are relevant and repeat some of the key words from the job description.
- Make use of the internet to find sample CVs and templates.
- Check your spelling and grammar. Ask someone else to read over it too, as they are likely to notice things you’ve missed.
If you utilise these tips and incorporate them into your CV then you’ll have a far better chance of getting an interview.
Happy hunting people!
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