The Write Way to Get a Job: avoidable CV goofs


The Write Way to Get a JobThere’s nothing like a quick reality check to pick up on any mistakes in your CV before you send it off. Here are some useful checkpoints that will remind you of your CV priorities and make sure you’re going along the right lines.

It’s increasingly hard to get a job – and a good one – these days, and although there is a lot to consider when you’re looking to get a job, effective business writing plays a major part in helping you succeed. In this series, HTWB columnist Lynn Tulip from Assessment4Potential explains the best ways to express your career information in your CV/résumé.

And if you want to catch up on all the earlier articles in the series, just check out the sidebar to the the right > > > > and they’re all there for you to help yourself.

Here’s Lynn…

Here are some careless, miscellaneous but avoidable errors that can impact on your chances of being selected for interview are mentioned in this final chapter.

Hiding information
Sometimes it is the information that you do not disclose that sabotages your application.  Either you forget to mention it or you don’t highlight it.  You might have even hidden it.

Gaps in your CV were mentioned previously but another serious omission is submitting a CV that is out of date.  There is no excuse for not submitting up-to-date information or for giving reasons why there is a blank period. Having a stale CV registered on a job site also critically reduces the options you have and how likely it is that you will be selected for interview.

What not to include

Mentioning your salary does nothing to enhance your success rate.

Adding full reference details to your CV is a no-no and not amusing when you use inappropriate referees, for example your friends or family members.

Jargon / abbreviations
You must bear in mind that it is likely that your CV will initially go to an HR Manager or recruiter, who may not have the industry knowledge or level of technical understanding that a Hiring Manager would have.   Littering your CV with industry jargon and many abbreviations will confuse the non-technical reader and ultimately do you no favors when it comes to short-listing.

Which brings me to the point that if your CV is written for a limited audience it will only attract a very small amount of attention.

Keep information to yourself

Seriously. For example, in most countries it is illegal for an interviewer to ask about marital status, sexual orientation, race or age so there is no reason to include it.

Saying why you left
Reasons why you want to change or you left your job create some little light reading for the recruiter. Look at these examples and see if you think they would improve your chances of reaching the short-listing stage…!!

small__5170970014 (1)I was fired because I told my boss I wanted to sleep with him

I have failed the last 4 accountancy exams that I have taken and so have decided to look for a job in a different field

I had an affair with my boss which went wrong, so I had to leave my current job

I have been working as an accountant for 5 years but I am very bored of it and am in need of a change

The pay was too low

I have worked for my Mom for 3 years, but it is now time for a change!

I have been out of work due to having my leg amputated, however, I am now recovered and looking for employment again.

Myths and Rules

So what is it to be?  Do you carry on as you always have? Design and write your CV making the same judgement errors and sabotaging your opportunities or do you learn from your mistakes?

However you answer remember it can take a lot to recover from deadly blunders on your CV.

Let us know of your experiences in compiling a good CV for your job hunting … which approaches you’ve used and how they changed your chances!

The write way to get a job

Lynn Tulip from Assessment4Potential

Now: let’s make sure  you get that job…

“Get That Job” by Lynn Tulip … The art of successful job hunting (print, Kindle)
“Can’t Get That Job?” by Lynn Tulip … Seven killer CV mistakes that destroy your chance of job success (print, Kindle)
“How To Write About Yourself” by Suzan St Maur … how to make the most of yourself, whatever you need to write INSTANT DOWNLOAD now available!

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