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Three overlooked CV mistakes to avoid
Beyond the obvious — such as poor spelling and grammar, an unprofessional email address and an embellished career history — there are other aspects of a CV that you may not realise can impact your success of being offered an interview for a new job.
Here are three overlooked factors you should avoid in your CV.
1. An exhaustive list of skills
Many candidates still assume companies and recruiters want to see every skill you possess. Plus the growing usage of AI technology to digitally scan CVs gives off the impression that you want your CV to match with as many keywords as possible.
But this is not going to do you any favours. Recruiters and employers will literally spend seconds scanning your CV.
Moreover, the demand for strong soft skills over technical has become a big theme from businesses.
2. Including your photo in a CV
Essentially, including your photo in your CV opens up the gates to discrimination. Potential employers could decide to ignore your skills completely and base their decision purely on race, age, gender and appearance.
You may decide the specific role you are applying for does require a photo (actors and models, for example) and that you’ll have better success landing the job with one.
At the end of the day, it is your call to make but in general, many employers – particularly in the corporate world – will not expect nor need your headshot.
3. Long and wordy introductions
As much as you’d love to elaborate and write a detailed Executive Summary or Professional Summary, unfortunately it won’t be appreciated. A succinct and concise introduction is preferred and will get you further than if you used meaningless buzzwords and don’t give the hirer or recruiter a sense of you true goals.
While a CV needs to include all your top selling points, a strong one is when you get to the point. The art is as much about what to leave out as what to include.
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