Most of the time when you make a job application, you don’t get a call for an interview. Have you ever wondered why? Come on, it’s not your ‘village people’, it is your CV.
Your CV can get you dropped off a job application even before it began. Your CV can also get your foot in the door.
Most of the time, the tips you read and hear about are the things that should be in your CV. This article, is about the things you need to remove; as soon as possible – preferably, before your next job application.
As much you would like your new employer to know you, avoid including personal information that can get you removed before you get selected.
Personal information like Your marital status, your age, your religion, can trigger bias and discrimination. You can never tell who is at the other end of the email.
Moreover, the above information is of no use to anybody including you. It also occupies more space on your CV. Therefore, just do away with it altogether.
We’ve all had one irrelevant experience or the other in the course of our career. Most of the time just because we need to pay some bills.
However, it makes no sense – especially to your employer, to list an experience that is not relevant to the role you are applying.
Remember, the goal is to have relevant work experience and not to just have work experience.
However, if you have just started your career and see a similarity or some relevance of your previous experience to your new role, articulation is key. You must be able to – in the first few lines, explain how that experience is relevant to your new role.
It is wise not to confuse your employer.
Unprofessional Email Address
This is a serious issue amongst many job seekers. Especially the younger generation. Something as little as a funky email address on a serious workday can get your application disqualified.
Remember, most job applications are voluminous and cumbersome for recruiters. Stand out of the crowd as much as you can but not in a bad way.
Rather, create an email that has your first name and last name or vice versa.
If the mailing platform you are signing up with doesn’t have that address, add a few numbers but keep your email address sane.
There was a time when cliché phrases meant something to everyone. However, people, including employers have understood that words are cheap.
Articulate yourself on your CV with simple and understandable words. No Cliché words like “Go Getter” or “Self-Driven”
Do not lie. Be very honest with your application; your CV, about your qualifications, experiences, skills and so on. Do not falsify information.
Two things will happen when you make an application, you are either accepted or rejected.
However, what will not play out well for you is when you give false information that you cannot defend or live up to when interviewed or even employed.
Don’t forget, your CV puts your foot in the door. Getting called for an interview at all depends on how well your CV is presented to your potential employer.