What stands on your way to landing a great job? These things may be on your CV and may hinder you.
Finding a job has always been challenging, especially if you are looking for a really good one. Employers take to consideration dozens o potential employees, and it is rather hard to stand out in such crowd.
That is why everyone should pay some attention to the whole process of applying for a vacancy. And this process begins with a good CV.
Your CV is the first information you present about yourself. Personnel department manager in your desired company does not yet see you, knows nothing about you. There is only this paper, where you tell them about yourself. So, there is no doubt about how important it is to arrange your CV in a really good way, so that it shows what a great employee you are to become! And definitely, in no time you’ll get invited for an interview.
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Today we want to talk about things you should never put into your CV.
- A funny e-mail address.
Remember, your CV is your own reflection. So, if your e-mail address is something like ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’, imagine, what might your employer think of you? Definitely, that you enjoy eating and sleeping the most in your life! And that does not look like a good candidate.
If you don’t have one, create an e-mail with your full name as an address. Try to avoid number. Make it professional.
- A professional photograph.
Most headhunters prefer to see a picture of a candidate in their CV. But it is definitely better not to have a photo in your CV at all than to put some non-professional one into it. Don’t use a picture from your last vacation, where you are on the beach with a bottle of beer. Or in a pub with your friends. Be professional again! Go see a photographer in a studio. Or just make a photo yourself. Get dressed in a good suit, make your hair, and take a picture in front of some light-colored wall with nothing on it behind you. Slightly smile, look straight into the camera. A photo of this kind shows you as a focused and serious person and grants you some points!
- Getting fired.
If you have once been fired from some of your previous occupations, don’t just write this information in your CV. Try to reconsider the situation. What happened? Why were you fired? Did you break some rules? Or was it due to staff reduction? Show the situation in a neutral tone. But get your back-up ready, as your potential employer might try to find out everything about you, and contact your previous employers. If possible, try to contact your employer and discuss this matter. Explain the situation and ask them not to make things look like you were fired for doing something wrong. And in your CV, state the reason of leaving that job as a mutual decision. But be ready that you might get asked about these reasons during your interview.
And for the future, remember to do your best to stay friends with your employers when you leave a company. This is really useful when you look for another job.
- A common hobby
Most headhunters state that they are interested to know about candidate’s hobbies. It is true that a hobby can characterize you as a person, and as a possible employee.
Of course it is best if your hobby is something less common. But even if it is a very simple hobby, try to be unique. Do not write that you like football, or running, or collecting post-cards. Make your hobby look a little bit more interesting.
If you like football – you can write that you are a captain/goalkeeper/coach of a local amateur team.
If you like running, say that you are preparing for an amateur half-marathon.
And if you are collecting post-cards – state that your collection counts 1465 post-cards, among which are cards from 58 countries of the world, sent to you from 273 different cities.
Well, you get the idea! Add some passion and professionalism to your very simple hobby – this makes you look more attractive as an employee.
But remember to be short. Do not write a whole paragraph about your hobby. 2 sentences on each hobby would be more than enough.
- A list of family members
Employers are not too interested in your family situation. A short statement of ‘married/single’ would be enough. Of course, some personnel managers prefer to see candidates with a good situation in their families. But if professionally you look good to them, your marital status is not that important. Besides, if you are single, you cannot fabricate a family. So, just simply state your family status in one word.
- Lies about your professional skills and achievements
Never, yes, never lie about the skills you have. You never know what situations you might get into on your new workplace. If you don’t know Photoshop, don’t try to make your CV look more attractive, writing that you do know it. Personnel managers always prepare for each interview, and they might prepare a test to check your stated knowledge.
Neither should you lie about your achievements on your previous jobs. Employers tend to communicate, contact each other and talk about candidates. So, truth comes out and you will definitely loose al your chances.
Be sincere. Try to find some true and real achievements and take pride in them.
- Former answers to ‘goals’ and ‘personal qualities’ sections.
In your CV you can tell about your plans in this exact company. Just don’t be too formal, try to express your unique personality. It is natural that you want to succeed, achieve good results, make a good career. Everyone does. But why should they pick you? Think of what your employers might enjoy reading about your plans in his company.
Your CV is not just a formal statement of your past jobs, skills, education and plans. It is a reflection of you as a personality, as an employee, as a professional. And people, who read it, have good skills in understanding, who is the person behind all that information. So try to be a distinctive, attractive and authentic candidate from the beginning – starting with your CV.
Spend some time considering your CV – it will pay back! Don’t just ‘copy-paste’; show your interest in every company you apply for a job to. Make it look personal, but still well-considered. Avoid common answers; add your own touch to everything you write. Be informative, but short. Say only the truth and be proud of it!