What Makes a CV Get Rejected?

What Makes a CV Get Rejected?

  1. Poor presentation

The first impression is very important. If your CV does not impress the recruiter at first glance, chances are it will be rejected; perhaps thrown into the bin. A recruiter may have over a hundred CVs to go through within just a few hours, after which just a few applicants will be selected for an interview. A well-written CV should showcase your educational and work experience, not your personal details.

Note that the recruiter is only interested in finding out if you fit the job profile. For this reason, your CV should provide a summary of your abilities and achievements. This should attract the recruiter to want to invite you for the interview.

What an employer really wants to know is why they should invite you for an interview. For this reason, a short summary of your capabilities and/or a list of your major achievements can often be a good idea. This should make an employer want to invite you for an interview – but please be careful that you do not oversell yourself.

  1. Poor layout

Poor layout and wrong formatting can adversely reduce your chances for a job interview. When looking at an applicant’s CV, the recruiter wants to find information quickly and move on to another CV. A good layout makes finding headings, company titles, job descriptions, and achievements easy.

Always use a Microsoft word to write your CV and never a typewriter because it will make the paper look old-fashioned. Always use A4 white paper for your CV or resume as well as the cover letter.

  1. Length

A very long CV is boring to read. Try as much as you can to limit your words to two pages. Note that the recruiters have so many CVs to go through within a short time. They do not want to know about your life history. Make sure you include only the most relevant information as per the job profile.