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Tired of the negative feedback?

Here’s how to keep your CV out of the trash.

First impressions are important. Your CV is the first chance you get to make a good impression on a potential employer. A top-quality CV will considerably boost your chance of getting a face-to-face interview, so it is certainly worth spending time and effort on the content and presentation.

Here are 10 tips to keep your CV from residing within the bottom of the dustbin:

  1. Take responsibility!

Send your CV from your own work appropriate email address, preferably the same email address that you have stipulated within your CV. Do not send your CV from a family member of friends email address.

  1. Spelling counts!

If you send a CV with multiple spelling errors there is a high chance that your CV will not make it passed the front door. Don’t claim to have “Advanced Microsoft Word” skills and then have alignment and formatting errors that make the document look like a last minute decision.

  1. Your CV is on Microsoft Excel, really?

Microsoft Excel is not a platform to use to send your CV from. This tip is simple- Do not send your CV in Microsoft Excel.

  1. Pay attention to the cover letter address.

Time saving methods such as copying and pasting your cover letter will assist you although take a few second to double check that you have not addressed it to the wrong company.

  1. Are you applying for a job or a modeling position?

Most companies are not looking for a model but rather the skills and experience you have. Although if you are to send an image of yourself please keep in mind that you are applying for a professional position and therefore an appropriate professional image will do.

  1. Using CV templates

If you are going to use a CV template, please do yourself a favor and remove parts of the template that you have not populated.

  1. AVOID EXERSSIVE USE OF CAPS

When you use CAPS rigorously throughout your CV it creates the impression of yelling your experiences to your potential employer. Think about how you read this point.

  1. Celebrate your achievements

If you are a graduate with no work experience, include notable achievements from school. If you are an experienced hire, unless your school achievements are truly remarkable, please don’t include them.

  1. Know your audience

Keep the companies culture in mind when you are applying for a position. If the company is innovative and technology is prized then list your out of the box skills. Although if the company is strictly corporate then stick to the professional atmosphere.

  1. Appropriate email addresses

Your email address is the first view of your CV. During High School and university you are in the prime of living your high life with your scotty.too.hotty email address, however a work appropriate email is required when sending your CV to potential employers.

Read your CV again from start to finish with time and diligence to make sure that your brilliance is portrayed through your skillset and experience. Remember that employers receive multiple CVs from perspective applicants so it is important to create a good impression and attract their attention. Most people do not spend as much time on their CV as they should, so if you write a professional, high quality CV you will certainly stand out from the rest..

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5 Reasons Your CV Isn’t Getting Noticed

Applying for jobs can be an incredibly frustrating process. There’s nothing more demoralising than spending hours crafting the perfect application only to hear nothing back – especially when you feel that your skills and experience would have been perfect for the role. However, if you are finding that you are consistently falling at the first hurdle, there’s probably something wrong, and that something is probably your CV. Studies have shown that recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds looking at a CV, so it’s crucial to grab their attention quickly and make sure the key details are at the forefront. Here’s five reasons your CV might not be getting noticed.

You’ve got relevant experience…but it’s on the third page.

It’s amazing how many people organise their work experience chronologically on their CV, starting with their first job and working through in order. A CV shouldn’t be a dispassionate list of all the jobs you’ve ever had, it should be a sales pitch emphasising why you are the perfect candidate for the job. If you’re applying for a marketing position, the first job a recruiter sees on your CV should be a marketing role, not the paper round you had when you were thirteen. Order your experience according to relevance for the job to which you’re applying, and you’ll find you have much greater success.

It’s full of buzzwords

So, you’re hard-working, passionate and self-motivated? So is everyone else, unfortunately. Whilst these are undoubtedly qualities that companies are looking for in an employee, they’re unlikely to make anyone take notice of your CV. Rather than stating these qualities over and over, fill your CV with hard facts that prove them to be true. Instead of saying you’re target-oriented, say that you have consistently met or surpassed your targets in all of your previous roles.

It’s five pages long

As mentioned, recruiters generally only scan through a CV, picking out the important details. So, brevity really is crucial – if your CV is four or five pages long, you’re increasing the chance that your most relevant achievements and experience will be missed. As a general rule, it’s good to keep it to no more than two pages, including only your most relevant experience.

Dodgy spelling, grammar and punctuation

It sounds obvious, but it’s surprising how many people have basic errors on their CV. Your CV is your first chance to present your case and make an impression, so make sure you don’t shoot yourself in the foot with easily avoidable mistakes. Poor spelling and grammar look sloppy and unprofessional, and that’s not the first impression you want to make when applying for a job.

You’ve left gaps unexplained

There’s nothing wrong with having long periods of inactivity on your CV, but these need to be fully explained. Maybe you took a career break to do some travelling or volunteer work, maybe you put your career on hold to concentrate on your family; there’s nothing wrong with these per se, but they should be flagged on your CV. Otherwise, a recruiter may assume there’s something amiss, and you might not get the credit your experience deserves..