3 things that will put recruiters off your CV
So you’ve carefully put together the perfect CV and covering letter that perfectly meets the job description: you’re bound to get a job interview right? Sadly, with so much competition in the job market, that’s not the case. Job hunters need to work harder than ever before to give themselves the best chance of an interview, and part of that is avoiding common errors. So which mistakes are likely to land your CV in the rejection pile? Read on:
Spelling and grammar errors: Whilst you might think that Microsoft Word will highlight everything you need to fix, it often isn’t the case. Word struggles to identify incorrect word choices, such as affect vs effect and compliment vs complement. All of these words are spelt correctly but Word won’t necessarily spot if you’ve used the wrong one. That’s why it’s best to get the grammar gurus amongst your friends to read over your CV for you, before sending it out.
Poor presentation: The best employees really care about what they do, from the biggest projects down to the tiniest tasks. If your job application isn’t perfectly presented, why should a recruiter believe you’ll put any more care into the job itself? Opt for a stylish professionally designed CV template. Choose quality paper. Use a good quality printer or better still, a printing service. Print neatly, using a professional font and properly sized margins. Staple your CV carefully and neatly, ensuring all pages are aligned. Put the same care into your cover letter and envelope presentation. A little extra effort shows you care about the details: a valuable trait for any employee to have.
Fluffy words: Too many job candidates use fluffy, meaningless words on their CV, unaware that recruiters see the same nonsense day-in, day-out and disregard it with the contempt it deserves. Don’t list yourself as a “hard worker” with a “good work ethic”. These things should go without saying. Further, if you want to demonstrate a particular skill such as teamwork, leadership or the ability to work under pressure, don’t tell – show. Giving examples of how you’ve demonstrated these abilities is far better than throwing around empty adjectives.