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Thursday 26 November 2020
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What to Avoid When Making a CV?

What to Avoid When Making a CV?

Are you searching for your first job or a new position and you really want to increase your chances of being recruited? You must have a good CV. A good curriculum vitae opens the doors to the best companies, the kind of company that will offer you excellent working conditions and a better salary. To reach such a goal, these are mistakes you must really avoid when creating or updating your resume.

Choosing the Wrong CV Name and Format

Put yourself in the recruiter’s shoes who must save all the CVs received in the same file. Make it easier for him by simply naming your file with your first and last name and possibly the job title. Be careful with the choice of the resume format. Many recruiters refuse Word format. Some of them affirm that they need people who will treat our data confidentially. It means that they only consider candidates with PDF resumes. Today, sending a CV in PDF format means seriousness. Even if we know that we can easily hijack an Acrobat format, protecting your CV in PDF format seems to be common sense, a pledge of seriousness and care given to a document which is importantafter all.

Making a Too Long Resume

Except for young graduates, or for temporary workers with countless small experiences, an extended skills section is a bad idea!From the recruiter’s point of view, they will always give more credit to a skill that is contextualized within a specific framework, with specific constraints and objectives, not to mention the date when this skill was implemented. Mentioning that you know how to manage will always have more weight if you tell them in what context. With how many and with what types of employees? And for what results? There is a real difference between citing the “management” skill in the middle of a list of other skillsand detailing this same skill.

Being Vague

On this point, you have to be strategic, you must give concrete and precise indications of your achievements as much as possible.The results achieved are important as the constraints managed and the learning achieved. Think about keywords and results. Strategically, you have to identify the skills and activities mentioned in the job offer to which you are applying upstream, and then insert them wisely in your CV, but also in you cover letter. Go straight to the point all the way.