1. Inkorrect spilling and grammer
An old favorite maybe, but basic language errors are still appearing on CVs and candidates are still getting rejected because of them. Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit has written extensively about why he won’t hire employees with poor spelling or grammar. Spellcheckers will help but they don’t pick up all of our errors – PAs with excellent dairy management skills and project managers with super steak holder management ability. Use a spellchecker but get someone with strong English skills to also give your CV the once over.
2. Wrong contact details
It’s almost ironic that we send our CV to an employer because we want them to call us for interview but then we mess it up by providing the wrong contact details. Surprisingly easy to do though, especially if you’ve moved and the CV still includes your old details. Besides making it more difficult for an employer to get in touch with you, it can also cause other issues, if an employer thinks you’re based on the other side of the country, not realizing that you have relocated down the road.
3. Stuffing buzzwords
Some phrases and expressions are so overused in resumes that they have turned into a form of visual, white noise. Recruiters and hiring managers become immune to them, filtering them out when reading a CV. Avoid the following:
- Team player who can also work on their own
- Excellent attention to detail (often accompanied by Mistake No.1)
- Results oriented
- Excellent communication skills
4. Leaving out achievements
Surprisingly few candidates include their past successes. This is hard to fathom, as it’s such a great way to show how much of a superstar you have been in your previous roles. Achievements also personalize a CV, making it far less generic. Most importantly, they provide a potential employer with the evidence that you can help their organization, which after all, is what the recruitment process is trying to find out. Most candidates don’t include the details of their past achievements. Make sure you do.
5. Pasting the job description
Why bother to rewrite your responsibilities when you can copy and paste from a perfectly good job profile? Right? Well, actually no. Recruiters and hiring managers can spot a mile off when candidates have regurgitated their job descriptions and it creates a terrible impression. It tells an employer that you are either lazy or unable to identify your key activities. It also leaves organizations no wiser as to what your roles actually involved – job specs are often very different to the roles they relate to. Take the time to describe what you really did and make it personal to you.
This article was contributed by CVRite, visit their CV Advice section for more tips and examples related to CV and resumé preparation.
Brick By Brick Investing Commentary:
One of the first things I’ve learned in business is first impressions last a lifetime if not forever. In our fast and growing digital age we find ourselves having less and less time on our hands. Unconsciously to most it is because of this that we typically assess individuals within mere seconds when first introduced and unfortunately once you have an impression of someone it is unlikely to change. Therefore it is imperative that your first impression be a lasting one.
A popular term that has developed over the years is called “Peacocking,” which in short means you need to stand out from the rest of the crowd. I believe in addition to having a stellar resume you should develop a relationship with the recruiter of the company you hope to receive employment from. LinkedIn is a fantastic tool for networking professionally. I am currently working on my LinkedIn profile to help move me closer to becoming a Registered Investment Advisor.
Are you using LinkedIn for professional networking?