FIVE THINGS TO AVOID IN CREATING A GREAT CV


Extraneous personal information

Do not add unsolicited personal information to your CV/ Resume unless it has been specifically requested. A prospective employer shouldn’t be able to tell your religion, local government, or what village compound you hail from by merely having a glance at your CV.

Lack of interests

You should showcase alluring interests or pastimes on your CV as the work environment thrives on more than technical skills. A job ad usually won’t plainly call for you to indicate your interests and hobbies outside of work. However, prospective employers could be drawn towards you if they see interests that match the type of personality they seek. As much as possible, include hobbies that are aligned with your industry. There just might be a certain interest that would differentiate you from the pack.

Reference issues

The simple purpose of a CV is to get you a first interview while references are only required at the very end of the recruitment process. It is therefore never necessary to put up references while trying to secure a first interview. Focus your CV space and writing efforts on convincing the employer to call you to a first interview.

Grammar and Punctuation slips

You have no justification for typos or grammatical errors on your CV. Any rational prospective employer would conclude that you do not give proper focus and diligence to documentation, which is very important. They would want to keep you far away. It’s always great to have a second opinion on your CV and even better to get multiple independent opinions on it. Proofreading your CV cannot be overemphasized.

File format complications

It is always best to save your CVs as PDF files. Many times, individuals get creative with designs and indented formats when preparing their CVs in MS-Word. On opening in other browsers or dissimilar operating systems (e.g Mac OS), or even an alternative version of the same Word processor programme, creative CVs can have some text missing, and look horribly disoriented. It costs nothing extra but saves a lot of headache and heartbreak to have your CV saved as a PDF file.

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