So many times have you apply for a position and never hear back. You convince yourselves that it is for a number of reasons “They probably never saw it,” or, “Maybe I just wasn’t a good fit,”and you move on. In trust it is more likely that
your resume just didn’t impress.
Employers receive dozens, if not more resumes for any given vacancy. They don’t have the time or resources to review each one closely, so they spend approximately six seconds on their initial “fit/no fit” decision.
It is quite possible that you may be perfect for the job, but if your resume just have that one little typing error, or it’s formatted poorly, or you use the wrong font and it ends up in the “no fit” pile.
Scrutinise your CV, as if you were seeing it for the first time and use the guidelines below to see in which pile your CV will end up.
- Don’t include a photo of yourself.
It is illegal for employers to discriminate against potential employees on the basis of personal characteristics so given the ban on personal information it should go without saying that you should not add a photo onto your CV, unless you are an actor, dancer, or other performer of course.
- Do Not Lie
It should be obvious but many applicants make the mistake of including items that are not entirely true. There are no harmless or “white” lies. Don’t exaggerate or lie about anything. It will come back to haunt you and ruin your career.
- Cut out all the irrelevant work experiences.
Remove any unnecessary information that is not directly relevant to the job for which you are applying. Your idea is to show as clearly as possible that you are qualified for the position, so focus on the skills that is the most relevant to the position for which you are applying. Having said that, ensure that there is no unexplained gaps in your CV. A simple one liner explaining that you were a stay at home mother will suffice.
- Take a pass on the personal stuff.
There is no need to include your marital status or religious preference. Although this was standard in the past, but all of this information is now illegal for your employer to ask you, so there’s no need to include it.
- Don’t be too fancy.
Avoid outdated fonts. Don’t use Times New Roman and serif fonts, as they’re outdated and can be hard to read. Use a standard, sans-serif font like Arial. At the same time be aware of the font size, it should look sleek and professional yet easy to read.
- Don’t include an unprofessional email account.
If you still use an old email address, like Sexyjunglebabe@gmail.com or Beerlover4life@yahoo.com, it’s time to pick a new one. It only takes a minute or two to set up a new one, and it’s free. Also don’t use a shared email account.
- Don’t include your current business contact info.
This is not only dangerous, it’s stupid. Do you really want employers calling you at work? How are you going to handle that? Your current employer can monitor your emails and phone calls.