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5 Things to Remove from Your CV Immediately

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Sep. 11, 19 | 5:06 pm

Creating a strong CV isn’t an easy task to do. There are many CV writing workshops, articles, or even videos that help you in creating your CV. Through experience, one lesson that you will learn is that everything varies depending on the job worked and you’ll never have one CV that fits all job posts or different career options.

Once you go through the phase where you are bombarded with rejection emails and the familiar “good luck on your job search,” then you’d have to know that there is something up with your CV. Maybe there is unnecessary information on it or a line that doesn’t give a positive impression to the employer. Your CV can make or break your job application.

During your job hunting journey, you will have to choose what information to include and play around with how they are presented so they become more relevant to the job itself. You will also need to figure out what are the keywords that an applicant tracking system or the hiring manager will look for. An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is an electronic system that scans your CV for relevant keywords and ranks you among other applicants.

Try to think about keywords that you can add to your CV to attract the initial attention of the hiring manager and avoid the “No” pile. To keep the recruiter or hiring manager interested in your CV while they are reading, you’ll need to show them what you are capable of. This means that you have to thoughtfully choose every word.

However, as the career experts at Bayt.com say, there are five things that should never be seen on your CV, so make sure you cross these things out immediately:

1. Silly E-mail Address

Make sure you use a simple and professional email address. Let’s cross out those email addresses from high school or college days that has your nickname and birth date. Also, if you are currently working, then never include your work email address when submitting your CV to other vacancies. Always use your own personal email.

2. Unclear Career Objective

Career objectives that become long paragraphs tend to take up some valuable space on your CV that could be used to add more relevant information. Moreover, a vague and generic objective like “to support a growing company” is often pointless and won’t make your CV standout. Try instead to add a short, simple and direct summary that will tell the reader what your current position is and how exactly you are an added asset to the potential company and position you are applying for.

3. Irrelevant Work Experience

Keep your CV focused to the job role you are applying for. Hiring managers are looking for proofs that you are able to do the job through your CV. Make your first impression count through your CV and include only relevant work experiences. Having work experience in other fields has definitely taught you some skills but unless these skills are clearly related to the job you are applying for, then you are just wasting some space.

4. The Third-Person Voice

It sounds extremely unprofessional when you say “Anas raised $ XX for the organization”. Just don’t do it. Your CV has your name and information at the top of the page, and the person reading through will know who Anas is and what he worked in from the information given in the CV. Also, never use first person voice either; just go with “Raised $ XX” or “Supervised a team of inters to do X.”

5. Typos

Proof read your CV over and over again and never press the submit button without being sure it is error free. You’d be surprised by how many errors and typos we find in CVs all the time. A good way to proofread your CV is to read it backwards, starting with the last sentence until you reach your name at the top. Then read it out loud and run it by your friends and family as they might find other overlooked mistakes.

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