April 24, 2014 at 7:25 am #33565Learnist CareersParticipant
Sounds a little crazy but if you think about the subject carefully then the last thing you want to do is get an employer to HATE your CV so it’s best to give it some real thought before sending your CV to anyone and let’s focus on the things we do not want them to HATE.
What would an employer hate about your CV?
Making the layout unclear
If you have a CV which is not laid out properly and the information that they are looking for is all over the place then an employer more than likely won’t be bothered to hunt for what they want. Employers want to be able to read straight away what they are hoping to find out about your skills.
Not putting dates on your employment or education details
If you don’t put dates of your employment or education details then an employer does not know when you worked somewhere, when you finished your education or when you did a particular training course. This is far from ideal if you are hoping that an employer will want to interview you.
Missing off your contact details
Forgetting to put your contact details on or making them hard to find will leave an employer very frustrated even before they have managed to contact you.
Getting any information wrong
If you get any information wrong such as your contact details, anything that stands out as being wrong, for example you have not understood something well enough and therefore not explained it well in your CV. Make sure you read and re read your CV and ideally get someone else to proof read it for you to make sure you are along the right lines and that the information you want to get across is there.
Applying for a job unrelated to your skills
If you apply for a job that is not directly related to your skills and this is clear from the offset this will obviously make an employer hate your CV as they will not be able to see why you are applying for the role that you are doing hence wasting their time. Be careful to emphasise any roles that are not directly related and ensure that your skills that are connected are highlighted first.
Putting in information that doesn’t add up in terms of your career
If when reading your CV your skills don’t add up to the job roles that you have had through embellishment then an employer will likely see through this quickly and it will leave them thinking that if your CV it untrue in any places then what else is? Always been accurate and truthful about the roles that you have done and what you can do.
Using an italic or unclear unprofessional font
By typing your CV in a font that is unclear will just leave an employer frustrated and wondering how long it is going to take them to read the information they want to know to decide if your skills are what they are looking for. Stick to the usual business fonts such as Arial, Calibri, Verdana to name a few which are clear and easy to read.
Just remember the key is to get an employer to LOVE your CV so at all costs avoid the things that they may HATE!
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