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These 10 CV/Resume Mistakes Will Land You no Job in 2019 and Here is Why


“What’s wrong with the spelling of his resume?” But that’s obvious.HR consultant at Careerbuilder.com , “it is amazing how much of the CVs we handle contain these kinds of mistakes.” The following 10 errors should therefore be considered as a security checklist, to be re-read one last time before submitting your curriculum vitae.


1. A misspelling, yes, even one.

This is the first of the rules, said, repeated and rehashed each year to thousands of candidates, and yet it must be repeated, and repeat it tirelessly: even the smallest typo, a single missing word or bad form of ‘a word, (his / are, is / has, etc …), can negate your chances of progressing in your job search.

On the other hand, a clear and faultless resume will open doors for you. Use spell checkers, but not only. Then ask a friend, teacher or colleague who knows spelling / grammar to re-read your final version.

2. Some personal information.

Your age, marital status, and if you have children, you may be playing against you. If this is the case, do not show them. If on the contrary they can attest to your stability or your sense of responsibility, you can leave them there.
Conversely, your religion, your sexual orientation or your political opinions are elements that should not appear on your resume. Finally, be aware that recruiters are legally obliged not to ask you these questions. If this is not the case and you are asked a question that is not directly related to the job you are applying for, refrain or remain evasive.

3. Photo or no photo?

Except in the case of actors trades or the scene, a photo on a CV is not mandatory. However, in some countries, such as the USA, a photo on a CV may be frowned upon because recruiters fear being accused of appearance-based discrimination. This is to be seen on a case by case basis depending on the culture of the company (to be limited in American companies).

In addition, just as for personal information, a photo can also serve you: if it does not highlight you, do not put it on your resume. On the contrary, if you have a professional photo (we avoid photos of holidays “cut” or a photo that dates back 10 years) a photo can catch the eye and encourage the recruiter to take an interest in your CV. Finally, it’s useless to have a totally decorrelated photo of your job: you do not have to wear the tailor when you’re a high-level sportsman or the costume when you do a “manual” activity. A clean and sober outfit is enough.
Last advice, a photo is a picture of face and not on foot. It must not exceed the size of 3x4cm on your resume. What your resume should not contain

4. Humor and fantasy

Unless you’re applying to be the new comedian of the moment, keep your good words for when you have passed the trial period, not before. “Wanting too much out of the lot, we risk going out of the box” …

Verbal intelligence and puns of the second degree do not
mix well with paper. And unfortunately, recruiters often do not have the leisure to appreciate the comical talents of their candidates. No matter how you want to stand out among the dozens of other applications, that’s not the way.

Recent examples: a multicolored CV with whimsical typography, humor in the “miscellaneous” or “hobbies” section, a mention of the type “the proof of your competence is that you will hire me …”

Here you will find a selection of pearls that may have hurt their authors.

5. All of your jobs and responsibilities

Unless your work experience is fairly meager, it is not
necessary to list all your jobs (seasonal job, short acting assignments, etc.). The purpose is to mention only what is relevant, for example volunteering and internships to the extent that these experiences abound in the direction of your application.

The principle is the same for the responsibilities of your jobs: rather than listing each task you have completed, mention only those that are relevant to the position you are applying for and in this way, stay specific. When writing a resume, it is much more important to demonstrate your problem-solving skills than having an exhaustive list of your assignments in all your jobs.

6. Go-anywhere terms

Be wary of fashionable or overused words. Jargon does not add meaning and can cool recruiters. Avoid terms such as “maximizing synergies”, “being a thoughtful leader” or “thinking outside the box” unless you want to reduce the attention a recruiter brings to you.

7. The reasons for your previous departures

For a recruiter, this information is never expected on a resume. Indeed it undermines the narrative of your strengths and how you can apply them in your future mission. If some want to know why you left one of your previous jobs, this question will come during the interview during which you will have plenty of time to explain.

8. Unsavory hobbies

If your resume is already full, do not overload the “miscellaneous” section with activities that do not add “more” to your application. If you have associative activities such as tutoring or humanitarian aid you can register it; on the contrary your collection of beer bottle caps or pairs of shoes is not really appropriate.

9. Your salary expectations

It would be presumptuous to mention this information on your resume; moreover, this can have a perverse effect: if your expectations are above the employer’s budget, you will not even be called to the interview because that would be wasted time. If, on the contrary, it is too low, you could be paid less than what the employer is willing to offer.
If the announcement explicitly requires your salary claims, give a
slice large enough not to constrain you. You can also specify that your requirements will depend on different factors (schedules, leave and other benefits related to the company).

10. “References on request”

Needless to say: which candidate would refuse to provide such information if asked. Apart from annoying the recruiters, this mention has no interest. In the same way, one does not register his references on a French CV.

Indeed we do not let “hang out” phone or mail details of people without knowing who will read them. When writing your resume, keep it on one to two pages depending on your experience. It is not coherent for a young graduate to have a CV of several pages; which would be more understandable for a person who has had many jobs in his career. Opt for a chronological resume or easy-to-read skills, use keywords and clear the superfluous.





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