You kill more trees by using more papers while printing your resume and contribute to further warming the planet by consuming extra kilobytes when circulating it electronically. Therefore, keeping your CV short does not only grant it the attention of potential employers but also makes you environmentally responsible.
What I am about to tell you is something that employers have always been pestered by the fact that job seekers are totally oblivious to it. They have been waiting for someone to reveal it to the world on their behalf as none of them wants to be the one who reveals the secret. Actually it is more than one secret but rather a collection of undisclosed facts.
These facts are:
- If someone shows you a picture of a car you would know it is a car, you just do not need to write the word “car” on the car for people to recognize it, and the same applies to your CV so why do you consume half a page for the two- letter “CV”? And does it really have to be in bold font all the time?
- “I would like to join an organization that allows me to use my education, experience and skills….” Does that sound like the objective statement you are using on your resume? Well let me tell you something… nobody, absolutely nobody, reads your objective statement anymore!
- Your driving license expiration date is useless unless you are applying for a driver job. Your weight is your problem so do not include it as part of your Personal Information unless the job you are applying for requires certain features and physical attributes. We even have hundreds of resumes on jobibex.com that contain “Military Status” of the candidate!
- Short training and courses attended generally do not excite serious employers nor do they add to your market value. The same applies to courses taken in college if you graduated more than a decade ago.
- Your knowledge of and ability to use Powerpoint© or Microsoft Word or posting photos on Instagram cannot be considered as part of “Computer Skills”. So unless you are a Java, Python, C++, Ardiuno or Ruby programmer, WordPress or Joomla website builder or have any technical computer knowledge or expertise that is relevant to the job posted just leave out this section.
- You are able to work under severe pressure, active team member, like new challenges, willing to learn new stuff and acquire new skills and self-motivated, great stuff, you are so unique, just like 8 billion other people living on this planet. Now, could you please tell us what makes you unique?
- Avid internet user, like to travel, regular reader of articles on concurrent financials issues and, off course, enjoy swimming are keywords found on more than 80% of the resumes on our job portal jobibex.com. Guess what dear, not even 1% of the employers read or care about what you have listed as your hobbies.
- Finally, you need to understand the “reference” part and its magnitude in the process of getting you hired. Interested employers will certainly seek some reference before making an offer. The secret is simply: Employers will seldom use any of the reference you listed on your CV and they would instead check you out through their own references.
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The purpose of this article is not to mock those who produce poor resumes or make fun of them in public. Some of these poorly written resumes that land at www.jobibex.comservers are of executives with more than 20 years of experience. Even worse, some of them are holding or seeking senior HR positions. You just do not need to include every section you find in ready-made CV writing template. These templates are not written on stones and you can write and send your CV to employers as much as the British judges can rule without the wig and the robe.