Make sure your CV does not get rejected

This post is part of a complete guide on writing CVs, dealing with recruiters and attending interviews. The complete guide can be found here: https://developercareers.wordpress.com/contents/

Your CV is the first impression that a prospective employer will have of you. In about 90% of cases it is the reason why candidates do not get invited in for an interview, even those candidates that would excel at the job if given a chance.

Depending on how many different avenues employers recruit from, most vacancies have over fifty CVs submitted. Companies are not able to run fifty interviews for each position, so they will make a shortlist of the best candidates (usually 10%). This means about 90% of the CV’s will be rejected.

How to make your CV stand out

When trying to reduce a shortlist of CVs from 50 to 5 most people don’t look for CVs that stand out, they look for CVs that are wrong. This way they can rapidly reduce the pile. Hence the way to make a CV stand out is to have nothing wrong with it. The main focus you should keep, when writing your CV, is to give the prospective employer no reason to discard it, and every reason to want to interview you.

As a recruiter I have reviewed over 100,000 CV’s. In doing so I have seen common mistakes repeated over and over again. I have dealt with numerous hiring managers and had many strong candidates denied a chance for interview for the sole reason that their CV was not as good as others submitted. I have learned many keys to successful CV writing.

In my opinion it comes down to two things:

How a CV should look.
This is some guidelines and basic dos and don’ts on putting CV’s together. How they should look and where many people go wrong.

Information to include.
This is a section dedicated to everything you should put in a CV and what format to put it all in.

@RecWorks

This post is part of a complete guide on writing CVs, dealing with recruiters and attending interviews. The complete guide can be found here: https://developercareers.wordpress.com/contents/

Originally titled ‘the top 2%’ the copy has been researched, compiled and edited continually over the last five years by the team at RecWorks Ltd. An IT recruitment consultancy aimed at spotting and developing technical talent with a focus in Java and Graduate developers.

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