How to avoid your CV ending up in the 'no' pile

A propspective employer will be looking for a candidate with a specific set of skills, experience and qualities. To even be considered for the role, you need to make sure that your CV hits the right notes with them.

There are a few pet hates they all share. Avoid these and you'll be giving yourself a better chance of getting into the 'yes' pile.

1. Functional or quirky formats

Functional (or skills-format CVs), with a skills section at the beginning, are recommended for career changers, or those who have taken a break in their careers. 

But propspective employers generally dislike these layouts. They will be looking for the experience or employment record that proves you can do the job. This is most easily achieved by a traditional chronological format, where job titles and employer details are prominent, followed by skills and achievements.

2.Lack of relevance

Prospective employers need to see that your background matches the role. Search the job description for the key criteria for the job, then make sure you include relevant details on your CV that show you're a good match. Relevancy also means using the right keywords. This is especially important if you're applying online.

3.Missing, inaccurate and hard to find information

When prospective employers are dealing with hundreds of CVs, the time they can spend on each is severely limited. They are looking for candidates for a particular position, so make the key details clear and easy to find. Can your CV pass a "five-second" test: is it obvious from a quick scan what position you're applying for? Have you included relevant keywords and factual evidence to support your application?

Keep your CV short - 2-3 pages, and have someone else check your spelling and grammar.

4.Generic cover letters

A generic cover letter will have your application rejected, as it looks like you haven't read the job description. Make sure yours is relevant and brief, showing how you match the job description. 

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Tags: CV  curriculum vitae  

Posted: Friday 18 May 2018