By Ruoro Kairu
A CV is your greatest marketing tool when you’re looking for a job. With the CV, you sell your skills and achievements to an employer.
If you can’t clearly show the employer your value, no matter how qualified you are, your CV gets tossed aside.
With the job market flooded with professionals looking for the latest jobs, getting one can be quite the task, especially if your CV is not professional.
This week, I met up with job seekers at a networking forum. After the keynote speaker gave her presentation, one of the attendees asked what should be in a CV, as there is a lot of information from everywhere.
In the age of information, there are so many myths and lies about what a CV should contain. I spoke to professional CV writers, and here are some myths you’ll want to address on your CV.
1. Visual distractions
There are many CV templates freely available to you. Some of these templates, however, can greatly reduce your chances of getting a job.
One example is having a CV with graphs, charts and bold colors. Unless you’re in a field such as graphic design, you should stay away from visual distractions on your CV.
A professional CV has a neat and simplistic view, the flare will only distract the employer from your qualifications, skills, and experience.
2. Overloading your CV with keywords
Many professionals will advise you to include the keywords as often as you can. Keywords help highlight how fitting you are to the position.
However, as with anything else, too much of keywords are a bad thing. A professional CV should be natural and flowing. If you include the keywords after every sentence, your CV not only looks unprofessional, the employer also sees as though you’re trying to force yourself to fit the job –an automatic disqualification.
3. A long CV means you’re qualified
At the networking event, one of the professionals said she has been trying to switch from her job to a better one without any success.
After the event, I looked for her and asked her how long her CV is, “nine pages!” she proudly responded. Upon enquiry, I realized she only had four years’ experience.
Nothing will ruin your chances of getting a job than a bulky CV.
As noted earlier, the work of a CV is to market yourself. Imagine if you saw an advert on TV, and the advert went on for one hour. Write your CV as an advert on TV, keep it short, clear, and straight to the point.
Instead of using long paragraphs, break your points into short sentences and use bullet points.
4. Personal information helps you connect with the employer
I remember one job seeker saying he always includes popular hobbies on his CV. His thinking is, if an employer also enjoys these hobbies, they can have a common topic.
However, including your personal information such as your photo, age, marital status, and hobbies can be cause for discrimination.
Your CV is a professional document, the information you include on the CV should also be professional.
The only personal information permitted on your CV is your contact information (your phone number and email address)
Finally, there’s no quick fix when it comes to writing a great CV. The perfect CV should be well thought out, and every detail carefully placed. Are you having trouble drafting the perfect professional CV? Talk to our Professional CV writers and you’ll have a great CV that will get you interviews.