A CV is primarily meant to win you initially a call or a short list. First, this stage is complete and you are lucky enough to be picked up then even in your final interviews and final selection the CV is lying before the selectors. Many HR persons or interview panels devise the questions of interviews from the very CV you have provided to them. It is, therefore, a very important document and every piece of information being laid down in the CV has to be helpful rather than counterproductive. Some guidelines to avoiding a CV which drags you backward rather than taking you forward.
Cribbing and Negative Comments
This is very important that you must any avoid any such remark or hint against your previous employers against a section of society or community. You should not look a dissatisfied person from the out. All the employers are one community and if you have shown any resentment against one why should the other call you for an interview. Try to give positive information.
Presentation and Language
Your CV has to talk to your potential employer on your behalf. What you put down there shows the standard of communications. It is irrelevant initially whether you got your CV prepared from professional service provider firm or you prepared it yourself. If you have used jargons, SMS language or slangs, these will not go well with the employer. Because through this CV basically, you are putting a request for a job. Your CV is addressed to the employer, he or she would naturally expect to be nicely addressed in a decent language. Similarly, grammar mistakes, syntax errors and vocabulary shortcomings are all noted seriously and have a serious negative effect on the chances of receiving a call. Even the covering letter where it is being used has to be carefully prepared.
You have to carefully decipher the exact requirements of the employer. At times it may not be that evident in the ad and you may tend to lay down such information inadvertently in your CV which may help the employer to screen you out at the very outset. Carry out proper job analysis and try to fit in yourself in that slot. This can be done if you provide matching information in your CV. Any irrelevant and unwanted information may disqualify you for the job.
Issues of IT
These days some companies are sifting and shortlisting the candidates through software. In certain cases, particularly where the jobs are online and jobs are IT related the companies expect that the applicants should have the capabilities of producing their CV which should be sort of ‘machine readable’. Unnecessary bullet, signs, and symbols on the CV are not likely to do well with the computer software. In such cases because the application may not match the software application may just get unread so how can a response be expected.
No Negative Stories
Do not repeat nor mention your failures or tussles in your careers at various stages. Nobody wants a negative person, you should at best portray as a satisfied person.
At times the applicant provides such information in his or her CV that they contradict each other rather than supporting each other. Therefore, the draft should be carefully read or given to a friend to vet so that an impartial impression can be had. If the tall claims made in the CV cannot be substantial even by common sense how it can attract the employer.
Long Bull and Cock Stories
Some candidates cannot simply resist the temptation of writing what all they think about themselves in the CV. Who has extra time to spare for somebody’s CV, which contains three pages or even more? Applicant should have good judgment as to what information is essential and should try to restrict him or herself to those limits. These days hardly anybody prepares anybody to prepare the CV him or herself, most people rely on professional CV service provider companies. Over a period of time, this still has been developed into a proper industry. Starting from jobs like drivers and guards even the senior officials of the corporate sector get their CV written by professionals.
Avoid using the same CV for different jobs
Some persons prepare one CV and keep posting the same for different slots. Naturally too generic language and approximate information are provided. With such a CV the candidate is not likely to be shortlisted for an interview, etc.
It is estimated that 90% CVs contain errors and candidates are rejected on that basis alone. Proofreading and editing the draft by a competent person is therefore very important.