Simple omissions on your CV can stop your next job progression in its tracks.
Even seasoned career professionals can sometimes find their efforts become undone by missing out on some basics. Sometimes it has nothing to do with grammatical errors or falling into the trap of what can become a very long essay.
Some of the TeamJobs team share what can harm candidates when they leave out certain elements on their CV and also their advice that will make recruiters and employers notice you straight away.
Lindae Fyffe, from the Recruitment Consultancy team highlights from his experience two areas that can go against candidates' best efforts. Lindae says, “The first all comes down to the structure of your CV. Whilst there is no general rule to how long it should be, the fewer pages the better. Edit those long sentences, use bullet points and always think about ‘will this help me for my next job?’
“The second is the trap that people fall into when they highlight their responsibilities, rather than achievements. A list of tasks is going to turn people away. Think about how you have made a difference and be proud to share them. Remember, present yourself in a captivating way.”
Anna Wieczorek-Zaremba, Key Account Manager, recognises that gaps in CVs are quite commonplace, “There are many reasons why you might have gaps in your CV and that is fine, but share with me why? You might not think that it is relevant that you took time out last year, but it is important to understand the reason. Time furloughed, taking care of family, travelling or something entirely different all helps shape our experiences as people. Whilst the here and now is the most important part, we still need to share how our years have progressed.”
Ebony Whelan, Junior Recruitment Consultant, highlights one important aspect of the CV she believes can help people, “I want to champion people to start with their personal summary. Think of it as your greeting introduction. It’s going to sit right at the top that sums you up as a person and tailor it for the role you are applying for, in one paragraph. As Lindae said we have to sell ourselves, so think about the most important parts of your personality that will make you stand out.”
Many small adjustments can be made and aspects that people forget. Remember that the time you spend at the very beginning is to tell a recruiter (or an employer) who you are, what you have done, and why you are a fantastic person to work with.
Also, remember that many employers don’t just hire on skills but personality too. Bring your energy and capability to the page, it is going to help convince others and open up new conversations.