From the author of 5 ways to study smarter, not harder, in this article we show you the 10 top resume mistakes and things you should bear in mind when building your CV, in order to maximize your chances of being recruited. So here are 10 things you need to remove from your CV if you really want to land your dream job!
Building a CV seems pretty easy, but it isn’t easy to get it right the first time. There are a lot of simple mistakes that could be standing between you and your dream job, and companies receive tons of résumés so they probably won’t have the resources to review each one closely. As studies show that recruiters spend only six seconds on their initial decision it is crucial to have a good CV – you need to make sure those few seconds count. While creating a CV that employers will notice is crucial, you must also keep in mind a few CV mistakes that could get your CV thrown into the trash.
Here are 10 things you shouldn’t have on yours if you want to make the cut:
Irrelevant work experiences and life history
Many of us try to write an extensive CV including all kinds of irrelevant information, but the recruiting manager probably doesn’t care about all your summer jobs. The best way to do it is by only including information related to the position you are applying for, except if, despite not being relevant to the job, this experience shows additional abilities that could make you stand out.
You shouldn’t be applying for different jobs with the same résumé. Recruiters are looking for a CV that fits with the profile of the company and that includes specific skills for a certain job. Adapting your existing résumé according to the position will take you a lot further.
A vague objective statement is always a ‘no’. Expressions like “Looking for a challenging position that offers professional growth” can definitely be a deal-breaker to hiring managers. Instead, focus exactly on what they are looking for and stick to it.
Social media urls
Leave your personal pages out of the process. You might think your Instagram or Pinterest profiles say a lot about you but you are always putting yourself at risk by doing so. On the other hand, you can include your Linkedin profile. It could be a plus in the hiring process because it shows how connected and engaged you are to the industry. Just make sure it is updated and try to keep it interesting and stimulating.
A Second Page
If you just started your career or have only a few years of experience, then having a CV with more than a one page is a huge turn off. Stick to the basics and keep it simple and organized.
Extensive job descriptions
Don’t fall into temptation and exhaustingly explain every detail of your previous work experiences. Recruiters are more interested in what you’ve accomplished than in your daily tasks. So instead of telling them about how you answered phones and checked your emails, try listing all the positive things you did for the company.
It is one of those cardinal sins we all have committed. Maybe it is that language you barely speak but feel you can learn or an attempt to fulfill 100% of the qualifications specified in the job posting but, by all means, tell the truth. If you are right for the job, then the white lies won’t make a difference. Concentrate on what you can offer, not on what you wish you could.
Restrain from writing your CV in the third or first person. Obviously everything written on it is about you so never include the words “I”, “my”, “me”, “she/he” or “his/hers”.
The use of expressions such as “Proactive”, “Go-getter” or “People pleaser” is usually marked as the most irritating things to write on a CV. It doesn’t add any new information and doesn’t really mean anything.
Don’t try selling yourself by writing subjective words in order to describe your personality. “Highly organized” or “great communication skills” are not something you should have on your résumé. It is what you think of yourself but have no way to prove and the recruiters can decide that after meeting you.
Please note that while these tips may be helpful towards increasing your chances of landing a full-time position they in no way guarantee full-time employment. Unfortunately, though, talk to any recruiter and they’ll tell you how many potentially good candidates fail to be recruited by making silly mistakes on their CV.
Author: Regina Nogueira