By Ruoro Kairu
Over the weekend, one of the supports of my table got loose. I wasn’t doing much at the time, so I decided to fix it myself.
I went to the nearest hardware store, purchased a few nails and a hammer.
I started right on it. I thought it was just a simple job of nailing the support back to the rest of the table and ensuring its firm.
When I started hammering, one of the nails went through the legs of the table and split it in half. I went back to the hardware store and bought glue. I tried gluing the table back together, so I could continue hammering it, but it did not work.
In the end, I had to call a carpenter, and due to the damage I had caused, it ended up costing me three times what it would have initially cost.
Like me, you may be tempted to try and fix everything on your own.
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When the carpenter came, he asked me if I would try to operate on myself, or if I would try and fly a plane. His argument made sense; there are professionals in different fields for a reason. This was his field, and I should have called him soon as I realized I needed assistance.
While looking for a job, you might get tempted to do everything yourself. Like me, however, you might not have much success when you do not involve an expert.
One of the areas where you should consult an expert is while you’re writing your CV.
Regardless of how good you are in your area of training, if your CV does not reflect this, you won’t get called in for the interview.
Your CV is a bold statement about your career. You should not try to fix it yourself and miss out on that job opportunity.
Here are three reasons why writing your CV is a bad idea;
1. Formatting errors
Over the last few years, organizations are resulting in using the applicant tracking system (ATS) to help sort the applications. ATS is a software application that uses different methods to select and shortlist CVs for different positions.
Due to formatting errors or using unconventional formats, your CV might get rejected by the ATS. As detailed in one report, companies using ATS end up rejecting over 75% of the applications.
Our professional CV writers understand how the ATS works. Therefore, they can create a professional CV that will help get your CV past the system.
2. Incorrect data
A few years back, my CV was eight pages long. This was despite my having only three years of experience.
Despite sending the CV to multiple employers, I barely heard from any of them.
When I contacted a professional CV writer, I was surprised to see I had included a lot of irrelevant information.
Contrary to what many professionals believe, your CV should not contain your entire life.
A great CV should focus on your accomplishments –especially ones that you can quantify. The CV should highlight the types of results that set you apart from other job seekers.
If you focus on your day-to-day responsibilities for the former positions you’ve held, your CV will likely end up in the rejected pile.
In an independent research, it was revealed over 78% of CVs sent to employers and recruiters had some form of typo or grammatical mistake.
An employer will be cautious to hire you if they see typos on your work. Typos and other errors can be perceived as you not taking a keen interest in the work you’re doing.
How will an employer entrust you to deliver company presentations or contracts if you do not take the time to go over your CV in a detailed manner?
When a professional CV writer works on your CV, they are able to eliminate both common and irregular mistakes –ensuring your CV maintains a high standard that the employer will be impressed with.
We live in a society where there’s access to myriad resources. While these resources are important, they might not be effective to perform similarly to a trained professional. The same way you wouldn’t risk flying a plane or treating yourself, you should also consider having your CV written by an expert. This will greatly improve your objective –to get that job, or to advance your career.