TIPS: CV frustrations for Recruiters and Hiring Managers
It is always distressing when you are actively looking for a job, created a CV that you were finally happy with, posted it on multiple websites and did not receive one phone call. After a few weeks you realise that the telephone number on your CV has a digit missing or is incorrect. You would not be the only one kicking yourself.
Recruiters and Hiring Managers look through 100s of CVs every week and share the same experience but from the other side. They pick up the phone and call a candidate who have all the skill sets they were looking for and get just as frustrated because the candidate did not set up a voicemail.
Here are a few tips on what to look out for before posting your CV online.
1) Poor formatting
CVs that aren't clear and easy to read are a huge turn-off for Recruiters and Hiring managers. On average they spend around eight seconds reviewing each CV - leaving you little time to make a good first impression. Do a little research on good CV formats before creating your CV
2) Incorrect contact details
Always ensure that your personal information is up to date. That includes your current location, contact number and contact email. Double check that a voicemail is set up for hiring managers and recruiters to leave messages when you are not available.
3) Grammatical errors
If you struggle to write professionally or English isn't your first language, I would recommend using a free grammar checking tool like Grammarly - It highlights your mistakes and provides suggestions for corrections
4) Employment history
Employment history should be in reverse-chronological order — so your most recent role is at the beginning. Include your achievements/awards which will make you stand out from your competition.
5) Ignoring gaps in your work history
Gaps in employment history are fairly common and rarely a problem as long as they’re explained. Be as honest as your can and don’t be afraid to put volunteer work or career break on your CV.