Writing a CV is one of the most complicated parts of job hunting. Don’t write enough and you are at risk of selling yourself short, babble on too much and the employer might skip yours all together. So here are Talent Hub’s 10 tips for getting the right balance with your CV.
1: Including a photo. By doing this you are adding personal information, this can make people sway one way or the other on hiring you instead of looking at your experience to deduct if you are suitable for the position or not. This goes for things like birth-date, religion, sexual preference, marital status even hair colour.
2: Adding irrelevant experience. Though this might be hard to define, let’s say you are applying for a strictly specific role, there is no need to add in information that does not apply to it. You should focus on the key skills you have for the role and only elaborate if you get an interview.
3: Negative language. Words like awful, bad, fault, mistake, problem can cause a undesirable effect on your CV. Saying things like “I left this position as I had a problem with my boss” will make the person reading it believe it could just as easily happen again and avoid asking you in for an interview. It is best practice to leave those personal attributes off your résumé.
4: Lying. Though it is fine to embellish and polish your experience to give you an edge over other applicants it would be unwise to outright lie about something. If you say you have a certain skill when you don’t, you might find yourself in a fluster when they ask you more about it in an interview or ask you to do something once you have the job.
5. References. This adds extra length to your CV which can be a factor to them ignoring your profile in the first place and they are frankly not needed till the second interview. Make sure you do have references in mind though as they are crucial so you don’t want to ignore this part.
6. Keep it clean. Don’t go overboard with fronts and typography like bolds, colours, italics, structure, underlining. Though in small measures it can really make a CV pop, too much can be over kill and become very hard to read. This can be another reason for the reader to avoid picking you for an interview.
7. Jargon. If you add too much in it can make your experience become almost impossible to understand. As most companies have different terminologies for different aspects of the job something that you think is easy to understand and that they’ll get, they might in reality not have a clue what you’re on about. Best bet, keep it precise.
8. Salary. Most people don’t add in this detail to their previous titles. Most jobs have certain pay brackets which are indicated by title. By adding them in, it can look a little naive or even worse, boastful. In some cases it might be necessary but those are for extenuating circumstances and will most like specify for it.
9. Bad grammar. If your grammar is off, it will not do you any favours. This goes the same with spelling mistakes! Though very little time is spent reviewing CV’s if they decided to look at yours with more depth and find these kinds of errors you will most likely lose your chance for coming in for an interview.
10. Subjective descriptions. Adding in terms like “strong leadership ability” or “key creative visionary” can make you sound very pompous. Also as these types of statements are subjective this is may not be what others may think so best to keep it to the point and factual.
We hope that these are helpful and if you need any more CV advice for a position at Talent Hub don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org