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Some Common Cover Letter Mistakes

Some Common Cover Letter Mistakes

While industry skills, industry related knowledge and practical skills are important as well, you will never get to show them off if your CV is poorly written and not up to par.
Ethan Musolini, a motivational speaker and CEO of Success Africa says first a impression is a lasting impression, you have to pay attention to your CV.

“The outcome of your CV is what determines if you will be called back. Most times many people never get called back or shortlisted for interviews due to the disastrous nature of their CV. What they forget is that your CV is the very first impression you make to your prospective employees,” he told Jobs and Career.

“Most times your CV will show whether or not you have taken time to research about the organization. This is because every CV changes and should be tuned towards the needs of a particular job and should rime with the company culture.”

It’s always advisable to use your resume to communicate the most important aspects as an employee. When crafting your CV, Mussolini advises that you keep it as short as possible.

“Remember there are so many applicants who have applied for the same job and you want the managers to spend a lot of time reading your CV.”

Some Common Cover Letter Mistakes

CV too long – Recruiters spend their day receiving and reading CVs. If your resume is too long, it will discourage them and chances are that they won’t read it until the end. This is a real stylistic exercise as you need to communicate all the important information but very concisely.

Too many skills in the expertise section – If you put too many skills and knowledge in this section, the recruiter won’t remember any of them and the ones that matter will be lost in a mass. Tailor your resume to each job offer by selecting the most relevant skills for the role. Do not hesitate to organize them by groups if it can be done.

Resume not targeted to the role – Your CV needs to be adjusted to the position you apply for. You have to show to the recruiter that you are the perfect candidate and to do so, s/he has to find relevant information in your resume. You might not need to go through all of your previous experiences.

No analysis of the work done – A professional resume is a resume where the results obtained for each experience are explained. The recruiter doesn’t only want to know the tasks you carried on but also what you achieved. This will show how competent you are and if the goals you reached are similar to the ones the company has.

Grammatical and spelling mistakes – This doesn’t make good impression. Ask friends to read your CV to make sure there aren’t any mistakes and ask at least 2 people to do so. This is something that can be easily avoided. If your CV is not written in your native language, ask a native speaker to correct it before sending it to any recruiter.

Inconsistent layout – A CV has to be clear and easy to read. Spend some time making sure everything is aligned and paragraphs have the same font and size. A messy resume will give the impression that you are not organized and do not pay attention to details.

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