If you’re sending out loads of CVs and not hearing anything back, it may be time to give your CV a much-needed revamp. Trying to make a strong first impression can be exceptionally difficult and quite often great candidates fall at the first job-hunting hurdle by making mistakes on their CV.
Here are few of the most common CV mistakes you should avoid:
1. Grammatical & Typographical Errors:
Even though it may seem simple, many people nevertheless make grammar errors such as incorrect word selections, spelling problems, and punctuation issues that could easily be avoided.
2. Use a variety of fonts:
A Software recruiter has only 6 seconds to assess your resume and determine whether you are a suitable fit for the position. Make this task no more onerous than it currently is for them.
3. Incomplete or incorrect contact information:
People make mistakes in the contact information section, just like they do with grammatical errors. If the IT Recruiter has shortlisted you but is unable to contact you, you have no chance of landing the position.
4. Bullet Points aren't Optimized In Your Resume:
A Software Company Recruiters prefer to glance through resumes rather than reading large blocks of text, thus bullet points are essential. So, even if you're a wonderful fit for the position, if your resume isn't optimized for bullet points, it won't get noticed.
5. Losing Track of Keywords:
The IT Recruiter is looking for keywords in your resume that are particular to the job vacancy. Many job seekers are unaware of the significance of keywords. Using these, you can explain the identical job in a way that emphasizes your accomplishments, giving the reviewer a completely different image.
6. Failure to Emphasize Achievements:
Many people are hesitant to include achievements (workplace or elsewhere) on their resumes because they believe it will make them appear selfish. On the other hand, having no accomplishments stated on your resume will put you at a disadvantage because there will be nothing to set you apart from the competition.
7. Including Skills That aren't Relevant On A Resume:
The organization with whom you're interviewing is searching for a specific set of abilities in their future Software Employee to complete the job. As a result, all abilities other than those chosen few will be deemed irrelevant. Make sure you just include the ones that are relevant to your CV.
8. The Interests Section Isn't Tailor-Made:
This is where many go wrong. Reading books, watching sitcoms, participating in sports, traveling, scrapbooking, shopping, and playing the guitar are just a few of the hobbies included in the interests area. This area does not need you to include all conceivable hobbies.
It's never ethical to lie on your resume, no matter how much you want the job. This includes misrepresenting your qualifications, embellishing work dates, or completely creating a position you've never held. The truth always comes out in the end, and if you manage to deceive your way into a job, your integrity and credibility, as well as your job, are at stake.
10. One-Size-Fits-All Methodology:
Create a unique CV for each employer when you're applying for the same job everywhere. If you have a generic resume, it’s most likely to be tossed in the bin if the recruiter doesn’t believe you are a good fit for their organization. Employers expect you to clearly show how and why you fit the position in a specific organization.
Now that we're all done, you should be aware of the major CV errors to avoid. Even though these frequent faults may be simple to fix, you might consider asking a friend or member of your family to look over your resume to make sure you haven't made any mistakes. This will ensure that you are sending in the most polished version of your resume.
(Author: Abdul Rafeeq is a Social Media intern bursting with creative ideas at TechDoQuest.)