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Wednesday 23 February 2011

Common CV 'howlers' revealed

Some common yet major mistakes made by job candidates on their CVs have been highlighted in a new poll.

A survey of almost 700 employers by CareerBuilder found that some applicants are ruining their prospects of gaining employment by making blunders on their resume - ranging from simple typos to claiming to be a descendant of the Vikings.

Some more elementary mistakes included a candidate who wrote his CV on a sheet torn from an exercise book and one whose email address included the phrase 'lovesbeer'.

Tony Roy, president of CareerBuilder EMEA, said that employers also appear to dislike CVs that are too long, fail to focus on the position applied for and spend too much time concentrating on career objectives.

"Make sure to highlight key accomplishments with quantifiable results, so employers can see how you put your skills into action. It's also important to remember that employers often use electronic devices to screen and rank CVs," he explained.

Many potential employers complained about applicants pasting chunks of the job advertisement into the CV, and Mr Roy instead suggested "peppering" the document with keywords from the advert relating to the candidate's experience.

A recent survey carried out by Aaron Wallis Sales Recruitment found that using specialist recruitment agencies was one of the most effective ways of finding a job, more so than using job boards or generalist recruitment agencies.

For CV hints and interview advice together with one of the largest information portals available to UK sales jobseekers visit www.aaronwallis.co.uk.

Posted by John OakADNFCR-1617-ID-800422538-ADNFCR

Source: Salespeak News

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