Recruiters receive hundreds of CVs for any given opening. They don’t have the time or resources to review each one closely, so they spend approximately 6-10 seconds deciding who fits and who doesn’t fit the role.
You may be perfect-picture candidate for the job, but if your CV has just one typo, if it’s formatted poorly, or you use the wrong font, it could easily end up in the “no” pile.
If you applied, it’s already obvious you want the job.
The exception: If you’re in a unique situation, such as changing industries completely, it may be useful to include a brief summary.
Irrelevant work experiences.
Yes, you might have been the “best typist” at the organization you worked for during your undergraduate. But unless you are planning on redeeming that title, it is time to get rid of all that clutter.
If the past work experience is not relevant to the job at hand, then it should not be on your CV. Only include this experience if it really showcases additional skills that can translate to the position you’re applying for.
Newsflash! Nobody cares!
If it’s not relevant to the job you’re applying for, it’s a waste of space and a waste of the company’s time.
If your employers want to speak to your references, they’ll ask you. Also, it’s better if you have a chance to tell your references ahead of time that a future employer might be calling.
If you write “references upon request” at the bottom of your résumé, you’re simply showing how not-up-to-date you really are.
Your CV shouldn’t include the words “I,” “me,” “she,” or “my”.
“Don’t write your CV in the third or first person. It’s understood that everything on your resume is about you and your experiences.”
Present tense for a past job.
Do not describe past work experience using the present tense. Only your current job should be written in the present tense.
A less-than-professional email address.
If you still use an old email address, like BeerLover123@gmail.com or CuteChick4life@yahoo.com, it’s time to pick a new one.
I mean, it only takes a minute or two, and it’s FREE.
Don’t use Times New Roman and serif fonts, as they’re outdated and old-fashioned. Use a standard, sans-serif font like Arial.
Also, be aware of the font size. Your goal should be to make it look nice and sleek but also easy to read.
Curly tailed fonts are also a turn off. People try to make their CV look classier with a fancy font, but studies show they are harder to read and the recruiter absorbs less about you.
Reasons you left a company or position.
Candidates often think, “If I explain why I left the position on my CV, maybe my chances will improve.”
Wrong! Wrong!! Wrong!!! “Listing why you left your former place of employment is irrelevant on your CV. It’s not the time or place to bring up transitions from one company to the next.”
Use your interview to address this.
Opinions, not facts.
Don’t try to sell yourself by using all sorts of subjective words to describe yourself. “I’m an excellent communicator” or “highly organized and motivated” are opinions of yourself and not necessarily the truth. “Recruiters want facts only. They’ll decide if you are those things after they meet you,” she says.
If you were able to achieve something, share it; give facts and not bogus unverifiable words.
11 things to take out of your CV NOW! by Stellamaris Obomanu