Have you ever asked yourself, "Why didn't I get hired for the job?"? Take a look at our CV tips to help you better understand what you could do to improve your chances of getting hired.
If it takes time to perfect something, why hasn't your CV won the hearts of recruiters yet? Even though you've searched high and low for tips and advice on how to get hired, you could be missing these simple and easy CV don'ts.
Don't include your photos
There’s no need to include photos in your CV. Unless you are looking for a job where physical attraction is important, photos are just added noise to your CV and won't help you to get hired. It is better not to use them in most cases. You don't need your employer to admire your looks to get the job, after all.
Don't add useless information
Your employer is not likely to care that you ate a bagel for breakfast this morning. Likewise, they probably will not care that your favourite sport is tennis. In most cases, this information is best kept to yourself unless you're applying to a tennis or bagel company, in which case, feel free to let them know about all the different kinds of bagels you love.
Don't highlight your varsity marks and school awards
University marks are usually only important when you’re trying for an intern position and school awards will not usually wow your potential employers either. Unless your achievements are exceptionally interesting, like you were the national champion of something or the other, they're better left displayed on your home unit. If this information is on your CV and you're still wondering why you didn't get hired, now you know.
Don't add unnecessary contact information
Many times people will give employers their email, phone number, Skype ID, fax number, address and website. Whoever gave you this bit of hiring advice, was wrong. If you include unwanted information it'll only make you come across as desperate. A phone number and an email address is perfect. If the recruiter wants to get hold of you badly enough, they will find a way to do it.
The moral of how to write a winning CV: Less, but relevant, information will pack a bigger punch than too much information, as it makes it easier to show what is essential. What helpful tips to get hired do you have?