Avoid these common mistakes while applying for a job or sending your CV
Recruiters only look at your resume for an average of six-seconds and this is what they see... And what they dont want to see...
Mistake#1. Email address is not GOOD.
Very very important. What is your Email address? Your nick name may not work in real life.
Make sure, you have a right email address. Try to use professional looking email address.
- email@example.com (No. Don't use it anymore).
- firstname.lastname@example.org (It’s ok, but try to avoid using such id’s too).
- email@example.com (It looks perfect ).
Mistake#2. No mention of Date of birth and Gender.
They are very important. Please also mention marital status.
Mistake#3. Wrong file names of our CV - Resume.
- cv.doc, cv12.doc, resume.doc AVOID SUCH NAMES.
- pujashah_2009.doc (It's OK)
- cv_pujashah_mba2009.doc (It looks perfect)
Mistake#4.Outdated matter (mostly in ignorance).
- Give a look everytime you send your CV and remove such matter from your CV.
- Remove unused Email address.
- Remove unused Phone / Mobile numbers.
- Give Permanent Address.
- Show latest working status clearly.
Mistake#5.Spelling & grammer mistakes. The biggest reason which takes your CV to a dust-bin.
- Alwasy run spell-check after you edit your CV / Resume. Use short and simple lines if you have problem with grammer.
Mistake#6.We send more applications for the same position.
Are you really in need of the job?
This will not help. In fact, you are taking a big risk with yourself.
Yes, you can do it after a reasonable interval if you think your profile is really suitable for that post.
Mistake#7. No mention of Post - Job Position applied for in subject of our Email.
It's as necessary as writing it on Envelope when we are sending a hard copy.
Mistake#8.No cover-letter with the application.
At least a paragraph should be there in message. Example :
(You can copy the message. Please change details in red italics )
Dear Sir / Madam,
I am, Ms. Puja Rasiklal Shah, MBA ( 67% at first attempt, from VNSGU) having work experience of 2 years as Assistant Manager, would like to apply for the suitable position at your firm/company.
My detailed resume/ Curriculum Vitae is attached herewith for your kind consideration.
Shah Puja R.
Mistake#9.No attachment of CV - Resume.
Gmail will alert you. But it's better you re-check before clicking the 'send' button.
Mistake#10.Email to many employers together.
- If you want to save time, send them as BCC recipient. Though, I'd suggest you to send only one at a time.
Mistake#11.Some over-enthusiastic tricks (mostly in ignorance).
- Examples :-
- Auto responders.
- Avoid them. JUST AVOID THEM. You can only afford it while being in very senior position.
- Facebook, Netlog or Boxbe or what not.
- BY DOING THIS, YOU ARE CLOSING THE DOORS YOURSELF FOR NEXT COMMUNICATION.
- Not required to mention at all.
- Atleast don’t mention such hobbies as ‘Chating with friends, internet surfing’. ( Yes. It’s true. We get many such CVs).
- 2 pages are FINE. 3 pages are OK. No need of more pages.
- No need of professionally written CVs.Just follow the above rules and keep it detailed but simple.
- Revise your Resume / CV regularly.
- “Objective” is outdated. You can remove it.
- Put your LIVE Projects as reference.