I have scanned thousands of CVs and have found one common reason why so many of them get rejected. This...READ MORE
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It seems at the moment that every single job seeker has the same story:
Does this sound familiar to you?
The start, you are not alone. The labour market is changing and we will see less and less vacancies and much more CVs being rejected.
If you are applying for numerous jobs without success, it is highly likely that your CV (curriculum vitae) needs to be examined. Your CV is a vital component of job hunting. It is often the first impression that a potential employer will have of you, and a poorly crafted CV can quickly lead to rejection. In this article, we will explore some common mistakes that job seekers make on their CVs and offer tips on how to write a successful CV that stands out.
Over the past 10 years, I have scanned over 26000 CVs. From scanning these CVs, I have identified 6 common reasons why CVs get rejected, which I have listed below.
Take it from someone who looks at countless CVs every week. Sending the same generic CV to every job application is a surefire way to get rejected.
Customize your CV for each job application: Tailor your CV to match the specific requirements of each job. This shows the employer that you have taken the time to research the company and understand their needs.
Highlight your accomplishments and skills: Your CV should showcase your achievements and skills, not just your job responsibilities. Use action verbs to describe your accomplishments, such as “increased sales by 20%” or “implemented a new process that saved the company $50,000.” This demonstrates your value to the company and sets you apart from other candidates.
Use keywords and industry-specific language: As mentioned earlier, using the right keywords and industry-specific language is essential to getting your CV past the automated screening process. Do your research on the company and industry and incorporate relevant keywords and phrases into your CV.
Keep it concise and well-organized: Your CV should be no longer than two pages and should be easy to scan. Use headings and bullet points to break up the text and make it easy for the employer to find the information they need.
Despite your best efforts, it’s possible that your CV may still be rejected. Don’t take it personally – many factors could be at play, such as a high number of applicants or internal company policies. Instead, use it as an opportunity to improve your CV and refine your job search strategy.
Request feedback from the employer: The first thing I ask is for the feedback received from a rejected CV. If possible, ask the employer for feedback on why your CV was rejected. This can provide valuable insight into what you need to improve. However, keep in mind that not all employers will provide feedback, and that feedback can be subjective. Use it as a guide, but don’t take it as the final word.
Evaluate and improve your CV: Use the feedback, if available, and evaluate your CV for any possible improvements. Consider asking a trusted friend or mentor to review your CV for feedback. Keep refining and customizing your CV for each job application, and stay up to date with the latest industry trends and job requirements.
A successful CV is crucial to landing your dream job. Avoid common mistakes such as formatting errors, typos and grammar mistakes, irrelevant or outdated information, and lack of keywords. Instead, focus on customizing your CV for each job application, highlighting your achievements and skills, and using industry-specific language and keywords. If your CV is rejected, use it as an opportunity to improve and refine your job search strategy. Remember, landing a job takes time and effort, but with persistence and a well-crafted CV, you’ll increase your chances of success.
Articulate your values and strengths to your next employer with a forward looking professionally written CV.
I am currently supporting professionals with their CVs / resumes in the UK, across Europe, and North America.
I have spent the last 10 years supporting companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to find and the best talent around the world.
During this time, I have:
Scanned and reviewed more than 26000 CVs.
For the past 4 years I have been producing professionally written CVs for job seekers who have secured new roles across 3 continents.
Are you interested in working with me?
Best of luck,
Your Career Optimiser | Certified CV Writer
Career Development Specialists of The Year 2023
Winner of Most Supportive Career Branding Service 2022