Things To Scratch Off Your CV
I read an interesting article on Forbes.com about words that you need to take off your CV and it got me thinking about my CV and how I’ve never really paid attention to it, even though as a Recruiter, I am well aware of what puts me off a Job Application. If you aren’t using a recruitment agency to help you find a job then you have to do your own CV and it’s one of those boring tasks but sadly, it can also be the key to getting (or not getting) your dream job.
I know we have readers who are job hunting or looking to change jobs so, if you are in the corporate world… here are the 5 things that Forbes suggests you strike off your CV: With my commentary, of course.
1. Career Objective
“Career objective: To obtain a position as a [insert job title here] that leverages my skills and experience as well as provides a challenging environment that promotes growth.”
Yawn. This is not only boring, it’s ineffective (and sounds a little juvenile, to boot). The top of your resume is prime real estate, and it needs to grab a hiring manager’s attention with a list of your top accomplishments, not a summary of what you hope to get out of your next position.
I agree with this…. even though, I too, at one point had this on mine. I’ve found that the best thing to do after listing your personal details is to list a summary of jobs you’ve held undear these headings… e.g.
Company —- Position Held —– Dates—–
So what you need covered is:
- Contact Details
- Career Summary
- Work Experience ( Job Title, Responsibilities, Dates, Reason for leaving)
I once saw a CV that had a line on top that says “This CV is a confidential document and should be treated as such.” I was like “heh bathong! Next!”
And guys, I still can’t believe there are people who forget to put their telephone numbers on their CVs. Worse if you faxed it (peoople still use fax)…
You can be “experienced” in something after you’ve done it once—or every day for the past 10 years. So drop this nebulous term and be specific. If, for example, you’re a Client Report Specialist, using a phrase such as “Experienced in developing client reports” is both vague and redundant. But sharing that you “Created five customized weekly reports to analyze repeat client sales activity”—now that gives the reader a better idea of where exactly this so-called experience lies, with some actual results attached.
LOL well, I didn’t really think about it this way but their explanation makes sense because when you go to an interview you are always asked to give examples of when you did stuff and it’s hard to think on your feet or remember specific details when you are asked this in the interview (because you are nervous) so listing these will prompt the interview to just ask you to tell them more about what you’ve already listed.
3. Team Player
If you’ve ever created an online dating profile, you know that you don’t just say that you’re nice and funny—you craft a fun, witty profile that shows it. Same goes for your resume: It’s much more effective to list activities or accomplishments that portray your good qualities in action than to simply claim to have them.
Instead of “team player,” say “Led project team of 10 to develop a new system for distributing reports that reduced the time for managers to receive reports by 25%.” Using a specific example, you show what you can actually accomplish. But simply labeling yourself with a quality? Not so much.
Yeah man, if it’s not team player it’s “dedicated, loyal”, meanwhile your work history tells a different story … you being a job hopper. Bese we wonder what exactly this “loyalty”is.
While resumes are meant to highlight your best attributes, some personality traits are better left to the hiring manager to decide upon for herself. There is a difference between appropriately and accurately describing your work skills and just tooting your own horn. Plus, even the most introverted wallflower will claim to be “dynamic” on a piece of paper because, well, why not? When it comes to resumes, keep the content quantifiable, show tangible results and successes, and wait until the interview to show off your “dynamism,” “enthusiasm,” or “energy.”
Heheh I agree. Like people who say they excellent communicators but get to the interview and can’t even express themselves.
5. References Available Upon Request
All this phrase really does is take up valuable space. If a company wants to hire you, they will ask you for references—and they will assume that you have them. There’s no need to address the obvious (and doing so might even make you look a little presumptuous!). Use the space to give more details about your talents and accomplishments instead.
*goes to CV to delete this line*
Truth is different recruiters look for different things and there is not a single format that they will all agree on but one thing is for sure, however you do it, some things just aren’t necessary.
I’ve seen people put pictures on their CVs, I wouldn’t advise that, unless it’s requested.