Haven’t been getting call-backs from your online job applications? We’re not going to beat around the bush with this, but we honestly think it’s your CV. Recruiters might pass up the awesome experience of meeting or calling you because your curriculum vitae is lacking. If they don’t see what they want to see, you’ve basically lost your opportunity. Consider your CV as a program. If they notice that you’re not as nit-picky or meticulous in the things you included in your CV, they might think you’re a careless IT person as well!
With these tips, you can say goodbye to being ignored by recruiters and say hello to a possible new job offer soon:
Have a professional email.
If you’re still using that silly email you created when you were in high school, make it into your personal email and create a new one using Gmail or Yahoo instead. Use your name and surname and make it your working email. This is advisable so you will avoid mixing business with pleasure.
Make sure the text is easy to read.
As much as you want a “one-paper-CV”, we think potential employers should find it easy to read your previous work experiences. Don’t give them a headache trying to decipher the small and bunched up texts!
The grammar must be on point.
Ask help from someone who can really help you out with this. For instance, all your work in the the past should literally be in the past tense. Although your job may not entail grammar-specific rules, having a grammatically-correct curriculum vitae is the first sign of your professionalism.
Use the right words.
It’s a given that you should list all the responsibilities and tasks for each job you’ve had. However, be sure to use the right, proactive words that are easily recognisable by recruiters. For example, use the words “administered”, “created”, “devised”, “produced”. On the same note, avoid the cliches which can make your CV look just like the millions of other CVs out there. Cliche words are “managed”, “responsible for”, “handled”, or “developed”.
Keep your facts straight.
Make sure that the dates or years, company names, and especially your contact number--are all accurate and true.
Make it relevant.
What other job searchers often do is to have only ONE CV for sending to different job openings, and this should not be the case. The work and training experience you should include in your CV must be related to the job post you are interested in. For example, you don’t need to include your voice lesson training for a business analyst job post.
If you’ve had a long work history, you should know your experience by heart and by memory. This way, you wouldn’t get confused by the dates, employers, and tasks during the interview. However, you should be able to tell your potential employers everything that’s in your CV in your own words, and not make it seem like you have an invisible copy in your hands. Hence, you should practice before your interview!
Your CV is the next step in advancing your career. Double-check it and make sure it’s going to get you that much-awaited call or interview!
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