Did you apply for your dream job, didn’t get a response, and don’t know why? One possibility could be that your CV isn’t good enough. A CV or ‘curriculum vitae’ is a Latin term meaning “course of life” and it is used as a self-marketing tool when applying for any job. One possibility could be that your CV isn’t good enough. A CV or ‘curriculum vitae’ is a Latin term meaning “course of life” and it is used as a self-marketing tool when applying for any job.
In other words, your CV is the first thing an employer sees about you, after which they decide whether they want to hire you or not. If your resume is not appealing enough or vague, there’s a high chance the employer will discard it immediately. Bearing this in mind, let’s talk about the most common mistakes when writing a CV.
Too Many Unnecessary Details
The first thing that might throw employers off is if there are too many details. This does not mean that you should underrate yourself by excluding important experiences, but don’t make it excessively long. In between meetings, daily work, and 20 other CV’s, employers don’t have the time/energy to read your 4-page CV. Keep it to the point, and no longer than two full pages.
The second thing that can trigger a negative reaction with employers is reading a poorly written CV. Avoid grammar mistakes and informal language at all costs. Proofread your resume before submitting it to make sure you have written it as professionally and correctly as possible.
It is very easy to notice a generic CV. A rule of thumb is that you should tailor your resume for every job position you apply to. Do some research before applying and tailor your CV to be as relevant as possible for the job role. This helps cut out unnecessary information and land you a job interview.
This is a stretch from mistake number three but try to avoid irrelevant information that will not interest the employer. This means that the two-day business management seminar you attended when you were 18 is probably not as important as the internship you did at Coca Cola.
It’s important to remember that you should include extracurricular activities in your CV as well. Standing out from all the other candidates is a very important aspect of the job hiring process, and these experiences will help you do just that.
Chances are the two of you might find a common interest in one of the extracurriculars, and this can help you connect with your interviewer on a deeper level. And what easier way to stand out than sharing the love for your favourite football club with the person interviewing you?