Do you make typical mistakes on your CV? Let’s check. If you were rejected at least once in response to your application, this article is for you.
A British coaching company called Personal Career Management studied 500 candidates’ resumes and found that as many as 98% of them were worthless. You can be a very good professional, but what is the point if you are making mistakes with your resume, i.e. you can’t tell a good story about yourself?
Typical resume mistakes are so simple that you might think it’s not about you. But check your application with the checklist below, iron out the rough edges, and you’ll see the difference.
Grammar, Punctuation, and Stylistic Mistakes
Elementary mistakes on your resume don’t make you want to know what kind of expert you are. Check your CV and cover letter. Check it? Do it again. Read it aloud, read from end to beginning, and ask a philologist friend to check it. Literacy is important. It’s your first impression of you.
Too Little of the Right Information
Read carefully in the job posting what exactly is required to get a particular job. What are your professional skills that say you are the right person for the position? Try to focus your employer’s attention on the benefits he will receive by hiring you. Don’t overwhelm him with unnecessary information.
Wanting to respond to 50 jobs with the same resume is very tempting, but may not get you any results. A common mistake with resumes is thinking that one-size-fits-all resumes will work.
Spend a little more time and put together multiple resumes for different job categories. Consider more personalized cover letters.
If you write that you are an expert at gambling, prove it. This can be a video of how you play jackpot games for real money and win or anything that proves your professionalism.
Missing or Incorrect Objective
The position you are applying for is not stated. You are forcing the employer to go over your resume and look at all the information you gave him to figure out for himself what job you are good for. A resume without a purpose is extra work for the reader. And whether he wants to do it – the question.
The more specific the goal, the more likely you are to be invited for an interview.
Use of Specific Terms, Words, and Expressions
Some applicants try to make a lasting impression on the employer by using borrowed Americanisms, jargon, or special terms, which are accepted in narrow circles of specialists, in their resumes. Quite often such techniques look ridiculous, as applicants confuse words and expressions, and thus only multiply mistakes in the resume. It is better to avoid such a practice, to write about yourself in simple and clear language, correctly and structured.
Too Much Text
A too detailed resume is also not good. Chances that the employer will finish it to the end are low. Be clear, concise, and to the point.
What does a bad photo mean? Let’s define at once: the resume must be with a photo, and to choose the “right” photo is real, you just need to remember the three main rules:
- The photo must capture only you, and only against a neutral background.
- Your face must be clearly visible in the photo.
- You should be dressed appropriately for the position you’re applying for.
The main rule when writing a CV: this document should be written in such a way that it is a pleasure to read and invite you for interviews in the companies where you want to work.