Each of us has ever made a CV in his life. Perhaps, the feeling of lack of confidence seems quite familiar for us. It is normal to have anxiety and ask yourself if you have made CV right and haven’t missed anything important. Don’t worry. Just check your CV asking yourself the following questions.
1. Does your CV meet the standards of basic CV preparation rules?
Actually, there are ten atrocious mistakes that happen in the majority of all the CVs sent to the employer. Here they are:
Grammatical mistakes and misprints;
Incorrect or missing contact information;
Use of unprofessional e-mail addresses (like firstname.lastname@example.org);
Outdated or irrelevant information;
Failure to demonstrate or describe the results of work;
Annoying words, slang or intentionally inserted keywords to improve search results;
Creating too much of a general summary, not taking into account the peculiarity of job position;
Use words or phrases that are repeated in a variety of CVs;
Adding inappropriate photos;
Exaggerated formatting or design, when it’s not the place: from whimsical fonts to infographics.
Make sure there are no such gross errors in your resume before moving on.
2. Have you prepared all the necessary information?
Check the basics. Use the universal and appropriate elements, particularly, position, contact details, experience of work, education, professional skills, recommendations, and additional information.
3. Do you apply to those vacancies that best suit your skills and experience?
It is worth looking for the kind of work you want, not the one you have now. This statement is true. But, responding to vacancies that require 10 years of experience, keep in mind: CV that only shows 4 years of relevant experience is the right way to get a rejection.
This rule works in the opposite direction. If you have more experience than required for this job position, you will most likely be asking for higher salary than the employer is willing to pay. Finding your balance between being too ambitious and too experienced is a matter of patience and perseverance.
4. Is your CV targeted to your market on employment?
Despite the fact that in many professions and areas there are similar basic requirements for candidates, many employers still require experience and deep knowledge of their subject in order to seriously consider the candidate. It is possible to change a career, if you have the necessary skills and knowledge. But if time does not wait and work is needed as soon as possible, then focus on the areas with which you are best acquainted.
5. Do you receive interviews invitations?
A black hole resume is not a myth. It happens that you send dozens of responses and, alas, you do not get a single answer. On the other hand, if your СV is sent on time, with a convincing cover letter, it should get some kind of reaction.