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As part of your career progression, you will look for a job every now and then. You therefore have to develop the skills needed for successful job hunting. Having a great CV is part of it. First impression counts and your CV is the first impression a recruiter gets. Recruiters will not spend time trying to make sense of CVs so, they reject CVs they don’t understand even though they may be qualified. Here are some mistakes to avoid on your CV:

Vague overview: do not create an overview of self-praise that is vague and not detailed enough. For example, instead of saying hardworking and experienced logistic manager with a great track record, write logistic manager with 10 years’ experience in the construction industry. This information is precise and clear. The recruiter gets a clear picture of who you are and where you have worked

Stating your responsibilities as achievements: sometimes, job seekers present their everyday tasks as their achievements. Your CV then makes you seem like you have not achieved anything. If as sales manager, you spoke to clients and handled their accounts, it’s your job function. Instead, state how much and the number of clients you brought to the organisation – give facts and figures. This way, the recruiter knows your worth and you are able quantify it. Your achievements are your contributions to the benefit of the organisation. Include this immediately after your job title to give it prominence and hard to miss.  

Not Placing emphasis on current job role: recruiters are usually interested in what you are currently doing in relation to the job they are recruiting for. Make sure you place emphasis on your current role, highlight your achievement and details. Ensure that your current job comes out the strongest.

Not organising in sections: it always helps when you organise your CV into sections in order to help the recruiter find relevant data. All your contact details should be in one section. Avoid putting double addresses and ensure that they are updated. The next should be your summary of what your area of expertise is. With two or three sentences, tell the recruiters where you have experience. Then, your experience should follow – as stated earlier, your current job role should be the strongest. Do not include routine tasks that do not set you apart. The education section ideally should come last especially if you have so much experience.

Excluding the skills section: make sure you include all your skill set in specific details. If you have a knowledge of a software used in your industry, include it or your linguistic abilities for example. This could be what sets you apart from other candidates. Avoid stating soft skills such as leadership skills, emotional intelligence etc. those could be weaved into your work experience section in such a way to show that you possess them. For example, led a team of 15 people shows you possess so many skills needed for a managerial role.

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