Mar 14, 2018
6 Fatal CV Errors That Could Let You Miss Out on Your Dream Job
Job hunting has changed. With professional and social platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook, our dream jobs are far more tangible than they used to be – the trick now is to present ourselves as an ideal candidate. Employers have access to an entire database of potential employees. What can you do to make yourself stand out from the rest?
Keep it concise
Employers are busy folk. Everyday hundreds of job applications pass through their hands. It is important to deliver all the necessary information but when it comes to CV writing, less is more. Ensure that you are addressing their needs and providing them with relevant information of how you add value to that particular position.
Keep your CV to two pages.
Keep it clear
Employers do not want to be reading through paragraphs of adjectives. Understand the job that you are applying for and address why you are a good candidate. Use short paragraphs and dot points where suitable.
Though you might think these are all common-sense points, it is still amazing to see simple unprofessional errors in job applications.
Don't use a personal email address if it is not professional in nature.
Don't use resume clichés such as "my weakness is I work too hard".
Make sure you don't miss simple grammatical errors.
Make sure you are addressing the position that you are applying for i.e. Correct company, correct HR manager, correct job description.
Use the right keywords
Make sure your resume includes keywords that address the qualities required for the position you are applying for. The job description can be used as a good guide to the skills that an employer is interested in.
For example, if you are applying for a relationship manager position, use words like; communication skills, conflict resolution, customer engagement. Relevant terms which indicate your understanding of the position and the attributes required to perform the role effectively.
Work takes up the majority of our day light hours during the week and it is important to make sure that we are not only enjoying what we do but finding satisfaction in our future career prospects. The office environment can often also be a place where lifelong friendships are forged. Working with a likeminded team can exponentially increase job satisfaction. Continue to strive for your ideal job where you can grow, feel supported, have friends and enjoy your day to day.
Life is too short not to have fun.