5 Reasons Your CV is Being Rejected

 The UK job market is very competitive right now; companies and recruiters are inundated with CV’s and they are being very selective. The first phase of the screening process is a review of your CV and you want to make sure it’s not the reason you are rejected. In the course of a year we will review 1,000’s of CV’s and invite hundreds of candidates to meet with us face-to-face. I thought it would be useful to share with you the top 5 reasons our consultants reject CV’s.


1. Format.

Poorly laid out CV’s that are too long and verbose conceal your key achievements and have little impact. Use bullet points to summaries the key points and maximum two pages.

2. Relevance.

Generic CV’s quickly get rejected – adapt your CV and highlight the aspects of your skill set and experience that make you stand out and relevant for the role.

3. Achievements.

“Tells not Sells” CV’s that talk about day-to-day job rather than focusing on actual achievements and what difference they’ve made to the business are unlikely to make it through the first review.

4. Stable Track Record.

“Hoppy” lots of short term roles no impact to the business and gaps in employment. Makes you stand out for the wrong reasons and sets alarm bells ringing.

5. Spelling Mistakes.

Some are more tolerant than others, we have a “three strikes and you’re out” approach others have “zero tolerance” on this point. Don’t rely on spell checkers get it proof read.

There are plenty of professional CV writers who will assist you in crafting an executive CV but there is also plenty of free advice on the internet and social networking sites. There are a couple of sites I would recommend visiting that I frequently use for tips and ideas: Laura Smith-Proulx is a professional executive resume writer and has some great examples on her site. Also CAREEREALISM.com has lots of good free advice and tips on writing effective CV’s.

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