CV Myths Exposed
There are quite a few CV myths floating around, but here are 6 that especially need to be exposed:
- Education and Qualifications are the most important factors:
Ask any hiring manager and he/she will tell you that your University transcripts are extremely helpful... in lighting a fire. Real world experience is way more important, as it can take away a pain- book smarts can't.
- You should Iist your objectives:
To be fair, when hiring managers read your CV, they are not looking to see what they can do for you. They care about what you bring to the table. How can the business leverage off your skills and experience?
- Your CV should be no more than 2 or 3 pages:
Your CV could have the fun factor of the Gutenberg Bible, as long as the first page hits the mark. All subsequent pages are filled with supporting information.
- Your CV should outline your broader skillset:
The more focused you are on specific skills that match the job you're applying for, the clearer it would be to the reader that you match their requirement. Hiring managers should not have to apply Occam's Razor to determine fit.
- Your CV gets you the job:
No, it doesn't. Your CV is designed to get you an interview and provides you with the first opportunity to differentiate yourself from other candidates.
- One size fits all CV:
Research is key before applying for any job. You need to know what the employer is currently doing in the market and then relate your experience and skills to that. This means that you'll have different versions of your CV for the different jobs you're applying for.
There you have it, 6 common CV myths exposed. Don't fall for them – it’s poppycock!