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5 red flags recruiters see in your CV

5 flags recruiters see in your cv

For an active job seeker, a CV is a verdict.

There are many talented, capable professionals that can’t seem to present themselves in the right light because their CV and/or portfolio aren’t that well written, or give the wrong impression.

You probably spend a lot of time working on your CV. Make it the right formatting for the needs of a specific job opening. Make sure it reflects your biggest strengths and skills. Present yourself in a professional way, but also reflect what makes you unique as a worker and person. Look creative, but not too creative. Also humble, but also show your awards and accomplishments. Look experienced, but also don’t lie. It is a hard thing to perfect.

And while you are mastering the art of the CV and trying to make it all look good and plausible, the average recruiter spends only 6 seconds before deciding if you are worthy of an interview or not.

“They’re looking for job hoppers, minimum education requirements, and a candidate’s steady career progression,” says Will Evans, TheLadders’ head of user experience and conductor of the study. “It’s a snap decision.”

Since there is no one universal CV you can use for every single job you apply to, you have to adapt it to the specific needs. Here, we will focus on what NOT to put in your CV. The red flags that a recruiter will notice in those six seconds.

Personal address

The city you live in is usually informative enough. If you are applying for an office job, the recruiter would be interested in knowing whether or not you live in the same city. Relocation usually means extra money, daily commuting from another city means a tired employee, etc. But, the specific address is not needed on a CV. Why you might ask? It is outdated — job applicants used to put on their address because that is where they would expect a reply. In their literal mailbox. Now, everything is handled online, so the email address is what they need to know. And in this day and age, every additional info we share about ourselves is a security risk.

Job hopping

A big hole in your employment, serial job changes, inconsistency… These are signs that you are not a person to be trusted and seen in the same place long-term. It looks like you are unable to commit.

And these things happen, sometimes you have to move. Things happen outside of our grasp. That is why you have to be prepared to defend your hopping 🙂

Although it’s not advisable to skip the dates or a job where you spent a short time altogether, you can draw their attention to your skills and achievements section first. That doesn’t mean you should lie — just use what you have in the best way possible.

When asked why you left your last job on an interview, be transparent, but respectful. Don’t talk badly about your previous employers — that is a big red flag in itself.

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No progress on the same job for more than 3 years

If a person stays at the same job for more than three years and is never promoted… Well, that person is a mediocre worker who does not invest in learning and growing.

Companies value loyalty and persistence. But the fact that you didn’t climb a single ladder for such a long time is a red flag. Companies like visionaries, creative forces that can adapt and grow with the business itself.

A chaotic and personal CV

Although hobbies and interests speak about you as a person, not everything is relevant when you are seeking a job. Don’t talk to the recruiter who is reading your CV as if they are a person you just met in a friendly environment. The fact that you spend your weekend hiking and binge-watching Netflix shows are not at all important. Also, the CV is not a place to be super creative. Follow the required standards and try to be as formal as possible. Don’t put emojis, don’t joke in the email, don’t talk in the first person. All of this makes you look very unprofessional and immature.

If you have to add a photo of yourself to the CV, make it a very professional one. Don’t crop yourself out of a group photo or apply a selfie. A slight smile, good lighting, professionally dressed.

Spelling and grammar mistakes and inattention to detail

Reviewing and rereading your CV will increase your chances. Missing letters and words, grammatically incorrect sentences, and bad formatting will make you lose your chance of getting a job because of a rookie mistake.

Pay close attention to details. Maybe there is a certain format for the CV you have to follow. Or you saved the CV in .png instead of a .pdf format. Maybe you didn’t notice Word moving a line of text on the next page because of a photo, and ended up with a two-page CV.

Read the requirements for the application. Proofread after you’re done writing the resume, cover letter, and all additional documents! It is such a small, but crucial task.

There are many small details that influence the effect your CV will have on a recruiter. Avoiding 5 red flags recruiters see in your CV isn’t going to get you the job by itself. You have to work for it!

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