If the new year means dusting the cobwebs from your CV, listen up! According to a survey conducted by a recruitment firm, many of us are making some surprising mistakes on our resumes.
The interesting findings are as a result of a survey of 2 000 people and 480 recruiters which was conducted by UK recruitment specialists, Michael Page. The research proves that many things which people think are important on a CV (curriculum vitae) are actually not considered that important by recruiters.
Among the things considered important by people but NOT recruiters were:
- detailing all their qualifications
- listing their soft skills
- keeping their CV under 2 pages in length
- listing their personal interests
- including a personal statement about themselves
Among the things considered vital by recruiters but not the people surveyed were:
- no typos / grammatical errors on the CV
- correct formatting and font
- using the correct industry terms
- writing in a professional tone
- detailing your achievements (in previous jobs)
- correctly detailing all the functions you performed in previous jobs
The survey also revealed that while people thought that staying with one company for a long time would make them appear loyal recruiters weren’t necessarily impressed.
Recruiters also urged job seekers to clean up their social media accounts as checking a prospective employees social media is now considered a standard vetting procedure.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, michaelpage.co.uk, mirror.co.uk