Therefore, to avoid such professional flaws the recruiters must identify 10 common mistakes that are susceptible to make someone's CV become overlooked;
Firstly, it is important that you provide relevant personal information and it is important to consider what information you are sharing with employers. Avoid a CV with a photograph, date of birth, nationality and marital status. Similarly, if you have social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook for personal use, you do not need to share these. This is another opportunity to make a positive impression.
Think about the position you are applying for and how your interests and achievements relate to it. An interest in the exhibitions would be useful to mention if you want to work in the arts sector; community engagement activities would be suitable if you want to work in the charity sector; involvement in sports activities would be advantageous if you want a career in the sports sector. You can highlight other activities that demonstrate transferable skills and your values.
Burying important information
Your CV will have little time to impress if the recruiter will look at your CV and think ‘Why should I interview this person? What will he bring to the organization?’
It is, therefore, better if the recruiter highlights well the requirement and relevant information that are stand out and lit. This could be either by bolding or using persuasive language that's to say action words and achievements.
Spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors
Always double-check the spelling on your CV while ensuring that you are writing in the correct tense and if you are using the third person, stick to it throughout the document. Avoid jargon and use spell-check. If you struggle to spot mistakes, ask a career professional, mentor, or friend to look over your CV.
Unexplained gaps in employment history
Having unexplained gaps in your employment history raises questions. It makes recruiters nervous and starts questioning about you. If you are lucky, they will briefly wonder what you were doing during that mystery period as your CV is folded into a paper airplane and whizzed towards the trash can.
Lying or misleading information
Recruiters can spot information that does not stack up. For example, they are always on the lookout for inflated, qualifications, salaries, job titles and achievements.
Employers are conducting increasingly vigorous background checks on candidates. This can range from conducting a Google search to employing a specialist candidate checking service.
Adding references to your CV
You may be thinking, “What? Why not? References in a CV are surely standard practice?” References are generally requested further along in the recruitment process, so there’s really no benefit to adding them to your CV, and they just take up valuable space. And according to StandOut CV, “the benefits of leaving your references out of your CV, far outweigh the benefits of including them.”
A long, waffly CV
Keep your CV concise and to the point is a way forward and it becomes boring if it exceeds more than 2 pages. The long CV is susceptible to be thrown in the dustbin.
Focus on your recent and most relevant experience and achievements. The employer wants to read a tailored CV focused on transferable experience, skills and achievements. Think about what you have demonstrated in different roles that the employer would be interested in.
This rule applies to qualifications too. If you studied a subject many eons ago then, unless you have kept your skills up to date, it’s probably that your skills are no longer relevant. For example, if you studied French to degree level in 1986 but have maintained your levels of fluency by visiting France every year then great! However, if you’re applying for a job in Web Design because you took a home study course in HTML in 1998 then don’t be surprised if the recruiter doesn’t call.
It is important to be realistic when searching and applying for jobs and you should invest time in reading beyond the job advert. Read the job description carefully and consider what you find interesting, have experience in, and could find a challenge.
Familiarise yourself with the person specification to identify what essential and desirable criteria you meet looking if you are under or over-qualified and how far does the job relates to what you have done previously.
Research shows that women are more likely to apply for positions if they meet 100% of the criteria, whilst men will apply if they meet 60% of the criteria. Potential factors here include confidence, self-doubt, age, years of experience, fear of rejection.
There will be some positions that need specific qualifications and experience for instance a doctor, CEO, a solicitor and an accountant. However, if you are looking for a new challenge and see a role that matches what you are looking for it could be worth applying. You need to demonstrate on your CV with confidence, that you have the transferable skills, a genuine interest in and potential to do the job and a willingness to learn.