Sending your CV out to employers time after time with no response can be very frustrating, especially if you don’t receive any feedback on your application. So why is your CV being ignored? Here are a few reasons why your CV may not be having the impact you want it to have.
It’s Too Long
Employers receive hundreds of emails and CVs for every job they advertise so they really don’t have a lot of time to read through pages and pages of text. On average an employer will look at your CV for up to 30 seconds before deciding whether to read on and whether to invite you to an interview. If your CV is pages and pages long and is not concise then it’s likely that the employer will get bored and move on to the next CV. Assess your CV length and try to reduce it to two pages or less to make it interesting to read.
They Can’t Read It
If your CV is littered with spelling mistakes then it may be quickly ignored. An employer will get frustrated because not only will it make your CV very difficult to read but it will suggest that you have rushed your application and that you haven’t take the time to apply for the role. Before you send out your CV ensure you proof read it for any errors.
It’s Badly Designed
With so many CVs to look at, an employer is likely to dismiss those that don’t stand out including those that don’t look good. A poorly laid out CV can be confusing to read and will not stand out from the crowd. To ensure yours does start looking at CV samples to get an idea of design and start refreshing your CV.
It’s Not Relevant
One of the most important aspects of CV writing is personalising your CV to suit a job role and the company. If you don’t include work experience, skills and qualifications that demonstrate you are right for the job then the employer may feel you are not qualified and may not read your CV. Ensure that you include your key skills and experience and use the personal statement section of your CV to highlight your expertise. Spend time on personalising your application and explaining why you think you are the right person for the role and also tell the employer why you want to work for them.