Looking to separate CV fact from CV fiction and in the process get some insight into what top companies, hiring managers and HR professionals are looking for in a CV? Here are 10 of the most common CV myths!
#1: Your CV is a place to tell your life story - no need for 'War and Peace', that is for sure! Ha 📖📖
#2: It’s a ’one size fits all’ document for every job application - sending the same CV for multiple jobs will always lead to a low number of invitations to interviews 😢 you'll not beat the software algorithms for a start 🤖
#3: All of my contact details are required on my CV - save space and only include what's needed!!
#4: You have to show constant employment - employers know that you have a life outside of work! 🏖️👶
#5: Non-paid work experience doesn’t count - it sure does! Whether it's through volunteering, internships or academia.
#6: Grades are top consideration - unless you're going for a Grad role, experience and knowledge is King 🤴
#7: You don’t need a CV anymore - even if you are referred, you will, without fail, need a CV at some point in an interview process. So better to make it as strong and relevant as possible ⭐🔑
#8: You must hit the thesaurus for action verbs - you can use the same verbs, there's no need for weird and wacky ways to describe things! 🤪
#9: Achievements should be highlighted in a separate section - keep them in your chronological career history, they will more likely be read 👍
#10: Never use colour - when used sparingly, it's a powerful differentiator and brand builder 🌈
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