Five CV mistakes that could be locking you out of interviews

You have been tarmacking for a year now, aggressively applying for any job that is up your alley. Somehow, you never get a callback.

While there are a myriad of reasons that could explain why you have yet to land an interview, chances are that your CV could be locking you out of interviews.

eDaily spoke with Wandia Gichanga, a recruiter working with a Nairobi-based human resource consultancy firm, and she highlighted the following mistakes that people often make on their CVs.

Spelling mistakes

For most people, their CV is the first interaction that they have with a potential employer. Recruiters critically analyze the document and one of the things that they look out for is spelling and grammatical mistakes.

“We look at any small thing on the CV that can tell us about the candidate. It is not just the content that we look at; we also pay attention the manner in which it has been put together. Spelling errors are often a red flag. If you cannot take the time to proofread a key job searching tool, will you pay keen attention to our work?” she explained.

Ms Gichanga urges job-seekers to critically proofread their CVs as minor spelling errors could be the reason they never get called for interviews.

Submitting a tome

Recruiters are often sifting through hundreds of CVs in a short period of time; therefore brevity is a major plus.

“Keep it short and concise. Do not write an autobiography, because we are not interested in reading one. When you are listing your job history, just give highlights of your key achievements. Give us what is relevant to what we are looking for,” she advised.

Jobs titles without explanations

Employers are vitally interested in the skills and experience that one brings to the table, therefore your professional history is important. Because there is no standardization of job titles, it is wise to list a few key roles or projects under each job title.

“Employers are looking for people who can quickly plug into their company, without having to go through much training. An ideal candidate is one that has previously handled similar projects. Boost your chances by listing some key achievements under each role on your professional history.”

Lack of organization

When selecting a CV template, chose one that is simple to read.

“Recruiters do not want to fish for information on your CV. The better arranged your CV is, the easier it is to get the information we need. So do us both a favour and select a simple and well-arranged template. We have a few moments to skim through the document, so make them count. ”

Fonts and formatting

Some job-seekers opt for fancy fonts, hoping that this will make them stand out in the sea of CVs. The problem with this strategy is that one often ends up selecting fonts that are hard to read.

“Chose fonts that are easy to read at a glance, for example Ariel, Times New Roman or Calibri. Avoid overly fancy designs and all the extra trimmings.”

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