It's that time of the year again, most of you are back to the hustle and looking for jobs or switching careers. One of the most used paper in the job marketplace is your CV supplemented by your qualifications if you have any. That's why it's important to give the best first impression and make it easy for your potential employers to get all the information they need from you in that piece of paper. I will be sharing 3 most common mistakes that people make when writing their CV's, let's get into it!
1.Job description keywords
The first thing that you need to do when you come across a job post is to read the description to see if whether you qualify or not. Moreover, it's going to be a guide on how you CV should be written. I don't know if you've heard of the Applicant Tracking System (ATS). If you have not, let me enlighten you on how to bypass it below:
— It has been designed to narrow down their focus to only include those that qualify for the vacancy.
— This is done by scanning through the CV looking for some words which they have written in the description. If it does not find any, you will be immediately rejected.
— That's why it's important to update your CV for each and every application so that you can tailor it based on the job description.
2.Previous work experience
When it comes to this one a lot of you shy away because you are under-experienced. It does not have to be that way, you can even include some of your voluntary work that you have done in the past. Employers love people that are proactive and willing to put themselves in situation that contribute to the society.
— Have an updated LinkedIn profile that's going to be used as a reference.
— Participate in short programs that are designed to give you experience.
Who can attest that you are really a hard worker as you have stated in your attributes? This question will help you when selecting a reference. One mistake that most of you make is to leave this field blank or appoint someone that you are not in good terms with. It can literally be anyone from your family members, school teachers or even tutors.
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