Think your CV is perfect? Remove the following and it could be..

  1. An Objective.If you are applying for a job, it’s obvious that you are looking for a job. Why someone wants to work in a particular company can be explained in their cover letter. Fluff like ‘looking to work in a progressive fast paced environment where I can apply my skills’ sounds like something which has been said thousands of times for various applications. It takes up space and does not bring value.
  2. Personal details.You family status, middle name, number of kids, husband’s/wife’s names, religion. Should you put your full address in it? American recruiters believe that putting a full address might be a security concern. However, I suggest that you mention the city and suburb where you live. Some applicants think that if they do not point out their location, it will increase their chances, as that’s the way they demonstrate their readiness for relocation. Don’t assume! People might think you are not in the country and would never bother calling you. Recruiters need to have a clear idea, where you reside, and if you are ready to relocate, just mention it next to your location.
  3. More than one contact number. Even if you have a reliable family member sitting next to your home phone, ready to pass the message, make sure you mention only one phone number, the one you can be reached at instantly. Your mobile.
  4. Your hobby. Let’s be honest no one cares, if you cook, do sports or travel. However, if your hobby relates to your professional career, it’s a good idea to mention it with a few particulars.
  5. Don’t lie.That’s self-explanatory.
  6. Life stories with no apparent structure or bullet points, as no one would read them. The maximum length of a paragraph should not exceed 2-3 lines.
  7. Experience which is not directly related to the job you apply.If you worked as a waiter when just came to the country, but then you got some experience in your professional field, and now you intend to move on, lose the hospitality experience.
  8. Details which can showcase your age– such as if you started working or finished your first Uni in 1987, omit this experience and place information about your degree (if it’s relevant to your job today) without dates. Yes, the sad truth is that though we are all aware of equal employment opportunities, it’s not exactly happening in real life.
  9. Your local references details IF you apply through the agency.Agency recruiters will chase these people trying to do business development, and the last thing you want is to do is to piss off your former bosses. You can place details of your references from overseas, just make sure they speak passable English.
  10. Tables.You can make your CV look nice and neat just using tabulation. Tables tend to take up more space and make recruiters bitter when they try adjusting your CV to the agency template.
  11. Different fonts, merry colour scheme, underline and italic and bold in one, you name size 72 on orange background – is a big NO.
  12. Never refer to yourself in 3-rd person.
  13. Use Past Simple for the jobs you did in the past.
  14. Hotstuff86@aol.com– is a NO. Name.Surname@gmail.com – that’s how your professional email address should look like.
  15. Everything the Captain Obvious would approve. Don’t call your CV – a CV, your responsibilities – RESPONSIBILITIES, your job title – JOB TITLE. Everything which states obvious needs to go.
  16. ‘Sophisticated’ fonts which would be more suitable for wedding invites, funny fonts which are more suitable for kids’ party invites. Stick to Arial, Times New Roman, Calibri, Tahoma.
  17. Buzz-words‘best of the breed,’ ‘go-getter,’ ‘think outside the box,’ ‘synergy,’ and ‘people pleaser.’
  18. Explanations on why you left the company,how much money you were getting there – all these intimate details are to be left for heart2heart with a recruiter 🙂
  19. Remove your PHOTO!

What ELSE?

  1. Document margins can be up to 2 cm – make sure the document will look good when printed, don’t make margins too narrow or too wide – you gonna need this space!
  2. The 1st-page space is precious, so don’t enlist your name, address, phone and email in a column. Place all contact information in 1 line under the name.
  3. Footers – with the page number, your name, phone and email. People tend to send a lot of documents to the same printer, so you wouldn’t want your CV pages to be lost somewhere in the office jungles…
  4. CV format – Id advise using .doc format unless the company specifies in the job ad that they want pdf. Make sure that your CV is easy to store, send and find, so no funny formats.
  5. Make sure you clearly define CV sections (caps lock, different colour, bigger font size), such as Profile, Summary of skills, Technical Skills, Work Experience, Education and Certificates, Languages, References.
  6. Don’t leave things hanging. If your job title and the name of the company happens to be at the bottom of the page, move it over to the next page.
  7. Don’t call your CV ‘John final draft 01978373’. Name Surname CV would suffice.
  8. You can lead a full and happy life without bothering with semicolons – said many people many times and they were right. 

 

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