There’s plenty of advice on CV writing and job search strategies going around. Some suggestions are fantastic and would definitely take you places. Some others… I am not entirely sure of. Want the lowdown?
The list of job search and CV writing techniques I would object to😊
1. Only a 1-page CV. No, only 2-page CV. Okay, okay 2 and a half-page … – WHY???
Seriously, if your CV contains information that sells you as a great fit for the role and includes all important details – nobody cares how many pages it is.
Okay, maybe 8 pages will be overkill so don’t do it. But I promise any recruiter will choose a 3-page CV that is readable (clear paragraphs, 11 font size) to a 1 pager in size 8.
2. Always come to an interview with a printed CV. It shows that you are prepared – HMM, HOW?
What shows your preparedness is
1. How much you know about the company.
2. What do you know and understand about the role
3. You know your strengths and how you can solve their potential business pains
4. You know what you want from your next job.
What brings you extra stress and has nothing to do with being prepared is running to Officeworks 15 minutes before the interview to print your CV and realising there’s a queue there!
Or lurking around your office printer to collect a copy of your CV and leaving a second copy that you printed by mistake for everyone to see.
In the last 5 years, I can’t recall a time when I had to print a candidate’s CV for myself or a hiring manager – aren’t we all going green after all? Besides, do you really want to work in a company that wouldn’t bother read your CV before meeting you?
3. Never put your address in the CV, it will reduce your chance of finding a job in another state – HOW?
Now, that’s an interesting one. I would advise NOT to put your full address such as apartment number and ‘the key is under the flowerpot on the left’-note.
But state and city?
Imagine a situation, when a recruiter is looking for, let’s say a Ruby developer in Brisbane. Before they come to the point when they actually open CVs, they put a few search filters in the ATS system, and yes, Brisbane or QLD will be one of them.
If you only state ‘Australia’ in your CV – it will be overlooked.
My suggestion – put city and state, and make sure you mention – ready to relocate in all checkboxes, as well in the CV header.
4. Be creative to stand out of the crowd – REALLY?
It sounds awesome, but is it appreciated by recruiters and hiring managers, and most importantly, Applicant Tracking Systems? Also, imagine how many keywords you could have put instead of these fancy graphs, stating that your HTML skill is ‘87%’ or it scores ‘7.5 out of 10’?
5. Cover gaps in your working history – GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!
Seriously, people can read, and people can count.
So, covering gaps, stretching dates, inventing titles as CEO of the household – please, just don’t do it. Some gaps are inevitable, especially when we talk about relocation and lengthy job search within the first weeks or months. And guess, what.
It is completely NORMAL. Sometimes we need rest. Sometimes we travel. Sometimes we can’t find jobs. Sometimes we get sick.
Be honest and be human.
6. Make it easy to connect with you by putting as many phone numbers in your CV as possible – SIMPLY NO.
Mobile, home, skype, emails, address, partner/parents’ phone? – NO!
Your mobile and email would pretty much suffice. If you are looking for a remote role, a company will find a way to connect with you (zoom, skype) and they will make necessary arrangements beforehand.
Seriously, how many times did you have recruiters calling you on Skype without emailing to arrange a suitable time first?
One of my candidates put their phone number in India together with other numbers, and guess what? The ATS processed only their Indian phone number, and recruiters would not contact them as they thought my candidate was out of the country. We don’t want that to happen to you.
So, in conclusion – common sense always prevails. Not sure, what to do in your case? Ask us!