Typically a CV will contain major mistakes, any one of which might cost you an interview. Here, we reveal the most serious mistakes that people make when they produce their CV. Any of these might cause your CV to be put straight onto the rejection pile. If you don't want to miss out on job interviews, then please read this piece at least two or three times.
1. CVS THAT CREATE NO IMMEDIATE IMPACT END UP IN THE BIN.
first impression really do count, if your CV doesn't grab the reader's attention in the first 20 or 30 seconds then your chances of obtaining an interview are dramatically reduced. For this reason, a summary of your capabilities in the form of a short profile at the top of your CV, followed by a list of your major achievements, will really grab an employer's attention.
2. POOR VISUAL LAYOUT/ ORGANIZATION OF INFORMATION.
The visual layout of your CV is very important. Even though the wording you use may be correct, if people can't find the information they want quickly enough, they will move on to someone else's CV. It is usually best to use a fairly straightforward layout, using plenty of " white" Space and appropriate headings and section breaks.
3. OVERLONG CV.
It is usually best to try and keep your CV to two or three pages, unless someone specifically asked you for a longer version.
4. NO PROFILE SECTION OR POOR PROFILE.
Your profile should be the first section on your CV. it should give a short summary of what you have to offer and employer, focusing on your skills, strengths, talents and experience.
5. NO MAJOR ACHIEVEMENT.
After the profile section, you should have a major achievements section which must highlight your best and most relevant achievements section. If you don't have a major Achievements section, then you have missed a real chance to shine and connect with an employer.
6. TOO MUCH DETAIL OR TOO LITTLE INFORMATION.
Remember, that you have to impress the reader in just 20 or 30 seconds. If you have include too much detail on your CV then an employer may struggle to gain a quick understanding of your experience and capabilities, and simply reject your CV.
7. OVERWRITE- LONG PARAGRAPHS AND SENTENCE.
If you have very long sentences/ paragraphs in your CV , this make it very difficult to read quickly. Time is of ensence if you want to impress the employer and gain an interview.
8. CV DOESN'T DIRECTLY TARGET THE JOB YOU ARE APPLYING FOR.
If your CV did not specify the job you are applying for then, it shows that you don't know what you are doing, so, your potential employer will not waist his/ her time on your CV.
9. MISSPELLING TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS,,POOR GRAMMAR.
A survey by Recruitment and Employment Agencies found that half of all CV containing spelling and grammatical errors. Making the employer to pre judge the applicants.
10. Test, test and test again, to get that interview. You should thoroughly check your CV and then show it to friends and colleagues to be better sure.
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