If your candidate is applying for new opportunities, you need to see off their competition and show that they are the best person for the job. This starts with their C.V’S

Their CV is generally the first opportunity they get to make a great impression and to sell their skills and experience. If it doesn’t make an impact, you won’t secure that all-important interview for them.

One key thing that many job seekers neglect to think about when preparing their CV is what the client for each particular role wants to see. It’s easy to fire out a generic CV for every job, however, tweaking their personal profile and tailoring their skills will significantly improve their chances.

How can you get them to think like you? Well, CV-Library has conducted some new research that will help them. Having spoken to 200 recruiters about their biggest pet peeves, they can now reveal exactly what is putting them off their candidate’s CVs. Use this handy checklist for your candidates to check their CVs.

  1. Typing and Spelling mistakes

This one is obvious, right? Well, it’s a recruiter’s biggest pet peeve and you would be surprised by just how many CVs do have spelling and grammatical errors. Spelling mistakes are easy to fix, just ensure that your candidate proofreads their CV a few times and ask friends and family to check it too. It would be a real shame if avoidable mistakes cost them an interview.

  1. Being under-qualified

If they don’t have some of the essential job requirements, tell them not to apply. It’s a waste of your time and it’s a waste of their time.

  1. Unrelated skills added to C.V

The skills your candidate talks about on their CV should always be relevant to the role they are applying for. This is where tailoring comes in. For every role, you should ensure your candidates are highlighting the skills it requires and removes any completely irrelevant skills or experience.

  1. Too many jobs over a short time period

If your candidate has changed roles a lot, clients will suspect they’re just a job hopper. Their record suggests that they will shortly leave this role as well which may prevent them from being considered.

  1. More than 2 pages

Your candidate’s CV should never need to be longer than 2 pages and long CVs are a big no-no.

  1. Putting your picture on C.V

What your candidate looks like does not reflect their skills or how well they can do a role (unless they’re a model).

  1. Buzzwords

Many job seekers use a lot of jargon and big words in an effort to sound professional. However, it’s important to remember that what you want to know is what they’ve done previously and what they will bring to your next role. Tell your candidates not to overdo it.

  1. When c.v is too creative ‘too creative’

Jazzy fonts, unusual layouts, and lots of images is unlikely to impress you. If your candidate is going for a creative role, then they may want their CV to be more creative however it’s best they don’t do it at the cost of readability. Having a CV that is clear, concise, and easy to read is always their best bet.

  1. Failure to add cover letter when requested

Not submitting a cover letter when one is required may suggest that they are lazy, don’t care about the opportunity, or have poor attention to detail. These are all damaging to their application, so tell them not to cut corners and be sure they submit a cover letter that will boost their application.

  1. No social media presence

It’s the general practice now for you to look candidates up online before progressing them to the next stage. While they will want to ensure their personal social media accounts are private, a completed, professional LinkedIn profile will help their application. Why not tell them to include a link to their profile on their CV?

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