Is Your CV as Engaging as it Could be? Common CV Mistakes Good Applicants Often Make

Do you have a sound working background with good education and experience, yet wonder what happens with half the CVs you submit to recruiters? If something is wrong with your CV, HR Managers never will never take the time to email you back and tell you why you weren’t selected for an interview.

Can you imagine? “Dear Candidate, we think your experience is great, however your CV was convoluted and disappointing. Please rewrite it and send it back to us.” Of course not, as with all other candidate unsuitable for progressing to interview stage, they will just place you firmly on the “no” pile without a second thought.

Your CV must create an instantly first good impression. Click here to read more about the notorious 6 second rule: the average time it takes a HR Manager to scan a potential candidate’s suitability for a particular role.  During this short space of time, the CV must do a plethora of things:

  • Effectively convey your intelligence.
  • Demonstrate the relevance of your work experience & background.
  • Establish your previous achievements.
  • Deliver how suitable your personality would fit the working culture.
  • Express whether you have an understanding of the business world.

Written effectively, a good CV can do all these things however it must be succinct and relevant. You would be surprised how many great candidates fail at this simple task. Most times at Eltoma Recruitment, we see that some people, in an attempt to appear an all rounded candidate with many skills, often brand their CVs too broadly. Using vague recruitment jargon may seem to be the way forward, however it’s important to narrow these down to what you are actually good at; as well as being relevant to the job application in question.

So, how do you know if your CV is too vague? Here are some hints that your CV isn’t as engaging as it could be:

  • You receive enquiries from recruitment agencies, however they are not for the positions you’re interested in or want to actually do.
  • You use one CV for a range of different position. This makes your CV fly under the radar of both electronic keyword searchers and the human eye.
  • You apply for jobs that look like the perfect match for your skillset however you don’t hear anything back.
  • You waste a lot of time in email correspondence with HR Managers who think your experience is different than what it really is.
  • You submit your CV for jobs and perhaps you do proceed to interview stage. However the interviewer asks you questions at length about your background experience or previous roles.
  • When someone new looks at your CV, they say “Wow, you’ve done a lot of different things!” without knowing how to fully process where your skills lie.

If any of the above points apply to you, perhaps you have to consider refining your CV and giving it a focus. While it’s good to have a colorful and varied background, you also have to give your CV direction and purpose.

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