The norm these days is for job seekers to see #JobAlert posted online and just rush to apply. Yet no calls are coming in and you keep applying. Have you ever bothered to sit down and ask “why am i not getting interview invite?”
You can’t expect to be doing the same thing over and again and get a different result. Why not try a different approach. This week, let’s look at few impediments to you getting a job interview invite.
Let’s start with your cv
Is your CV Professional enough to catch attention of the recruiter within THIRTY seconds? A CV is a document which represents your life’s story in a short yet concise form. Yet, there is no formal training given to most of us to prepare a CV that makes an impact, markets you and helps you get shortlisted in the opportunities that you deserve.
Here’s our list of Do’s and Don’ts as you rejig your CV and prepare better next time you apply.
1.Key in all your ideas as per the format and then delete information which you find redundant. Don’t focus on length of CV at the first time when you are building the same.
2. Focus on formatting, spelling and grammar is of utmost importance. An improper CV gives an impression that the candidate is unsuitable for even being shortlisted.
3. CVs should be tailored to the description of the Job that you are applying for. With the advent of Applicants Tracking System (ATS) in selection of CVs that get shortlisted for interview, it is important to have key skills (found by reading and understanding the job description) strategically placed in the CV so that the same is shortlisted for interview.
4. The document name for CV should be “First name Last name – Profession”
5. CV should always be shared to employers in pdf format as it reduces the formatting errors that might creep in due to differences in Software versions used to open and read the CV.
6. Always have 2 references ready for your candidature from either professors at college, peers at work and people who are placed in a good career path and know you well.
7. Professional Skills that you have developed over the years should be highlighted on the CV.
8. Use “Action words” while documenting your work experience and extracurricular activities.
9. Mention the respective year for all Achievements/Extra Curricular Activities.
10. Mention an alternative contact number in your CV.
11. Include a clickable link of your LinkedIn profile via a custom link/QR Code.
1. Write Curriculum Vitae as a heading in your document. It wastes valuable space and gives a bad impression.
2. Send CVs which have a lot of empty space. A 2 Page CV which has only 1.5 pages filled with information and rest of the page left blank demonstrates that the candidate ran out of information to put on his CV. Either keying in more information to make it 2 pages long or deleting redundant information to make it reduce to 1 complete page is advised.
3. Mention everything on the CV as you will not be able to come up with new content to elaborate during the interview.
4. Mention Full Correspondence/Permanent Address as the same is wastage of valuable space and might lead to security concerns.
5. Mention Strengths and Weaknesses in your CV.
6. Use Word Art/Fancy Fonts anywhere in your CV.
7. Mention a lot of achievements in your CV. It will make you sound egoistic and proud.
8. Hurry in making a CV as you will make an improper one.
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