Chances are you are preparing a new CV, rejiging a previous one or writing your CV for the first time.
Well, the job search fields have witnessed ‘growing’ change in Nigeria. HR Execs are getting impatient with CV that doesn’t address the job applied for. While you are looking to impress with your ‘rich’ CV, you may be doing yourself a lot of disservice by adding this and that in your CV. The bad side of it is; the CV reviewer will not even call you to let you know what you did wrong.
In our 5 parts series of what not to include, we start with series 1 today, and here are a few listing that is becoming irrelevant including it in your CV.
If it’s not relevant to the job you’re applying for don’t include your hobbies in your CV, however, if you look at the job description and it is stated; “the candidates will be required to travel at short notice and visit out stations, clients and down liners”. Including ‘travelling’ as a hobby may well earn you a look in.
Except the job description states applicant of a particular age bracket (and even if they did) including your age isn’t good a norm. Be careful as most HR experts says giving your age does more harm than good to one’s chances especially if you are above 27 years.
If you list information on your CV that you know are blatant lies thinking it will aid your profile, you lie! If you don’t get caught at the early stage, getting caught at the later stage makes it more demeaning. Try to be truthful in all your writing. Rosemary Haefner, Chief HR officer at CareerBuild, says these lies may be “misguided attempts to compensate for lacking 10o% of the qualifications specified in the job posting.”
But Haefner says candidates should concentrate on the skills they can offer, rather than the skills they can’t offer.
“Hiring managers are more forgiving than job seekers may think,” Haefner explains. “About 42% of employers surveyed said they would consider a candidate who met only three out of five key qualifications for a specific role.”
Nigerian’s have changed from listing referees to a new line; ‘Reputable references available on request’ this as with the previous is irrelevant. If your employers want to speak to your references, they’ll ask you. Also, it’s better if you have a chance to tell your references ahead of time that a future employer might be calling. Once you are interviewed and an appointment is on the offing, the employing company will demand for at least two (2) references from you.
If you write “references upon request” at the bottom of your résumé, you’re merely wasting a valuable line.
Too Much text
When you use a 0.5-inch margin and eight-point font in an effort to get everything to fit on one page, this is an “epic fail proper spacing, white lines, neat and orderly arranged CV will please the reviewer.
part 2 next.