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Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by TheReadyWriters: 2:54pm On Sep 05, 2017
A Curriculum Vitae is your own way of communicating your abilities, experiences, qualifications and skills in order to secure a job you desire.

Writing your CV requires conscious effort. Employers have also identified some flaws that reduce the chances of job seekers getting call backs simply because they do not know or are careless about the presentation of their CV.

For the purpose of this writing, we would list and discuss ten mistakes applicants must refrain from in order to scale through job interviews and get the appointment afterwards:

Irrelevant information:
No employer has all the time in the world to check through your CV; they scan through your CV within a minute or less. So, do not fill it with needless information that would only jeopardize your chances. Data like religion, height, weight, etc. should be excluded.

Hiding significant information:
What else does your CV do if not to sell your personality vis-à-vis the job you aspire to and this should be communicated right away to your prospective employer in your CV. You can use highlights or bullet points to emphasize your strong areas and important information.

Ambiguous expressions:
On no condition should you use words or phrases like ‘several’, ‘a few’, ‘many’ in your CV, which are not definite enough. They can only make your CV unclear and hence, become unacceptable to your interviewer. Especially when you are meant to state the years of work experience, mention exactly the number of years, designation or role, and nothing more. Perhaps, you made significant sales in your previous employment, state precisely the figure or amount for your interviewer to know that you are sure of your responses, and that you are not faking it.

Wide or close gaps between employment dates:
The onus lies on you to explain the reasons you were out of employment for such a long time, maybe due to a professional course, travel, or any other necessities, etc. In case it is a close gap in date, which some employers frown at, you should let them know the reason too. You may offer that the close dates or short stay in an employment is occasioned by a job opportunity in your professional field or interest, necessitating the shift, etc.

Being economical with the truth:
Know that your CV is representative of your worth. However, do not include a qualification and work title that you know nothing about. Saying exactly what you are or have (qualities, previous salary, grade level, skills, etc.) presents you as an honest person and that could be just what the interviewer or employer needs to approve you as the best fit for the job.

Too lengthy expressions:
Describe yourself or ability in the shortest possible way because it will help you keep your employer interested in going through your CV. Adopting a short but precise CV helps keep your material to a maximum of two pages, which is acceptable for the so busy employers who have tons of other stuff to attend to.

Heavy graphics design:
Focus on the most important things, which are your experience, qualification and skills. Employers are interested in what you have got to offer other than mundane add-ons (though they may cite it in the course of interview). Let your CV be typed in a screen friendly font like Ariel, Times New Roman, etc. and with a size not exceeding 10 or 12 for the body text, while the heading and subheading can take a slightly larger size.

A clueless introduction:
Instead of a vague introduction, we recommend a direct expression of your ability or experience with words like “A sales representative with 10 years of work experience in the financial sector”. This is acceptable than saying ‘results-oriented, team player, achiever,’ etc. Mind you, the interviewer’s first port of call might be your introduction and if you can get the required attention there, you will be good for it.

Enlisting Referees:
Except it is called for, do not, for any reason, list a number of referees, which takes up a lot of space in your CV. Better state that ‘References will be presented on request’. Preferably too, list your references on another sheet of paper for evaluation by the employer.

Grammatical errors:
This is termed a credibility killer by some people. Do not ruin your chances of getting a job by any error in grammar, spelling, or expression. Therefore, make sure you check and cross check your CV for errors and get someone else to do this for you too.
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Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by gentle136(m): 3:41pm On Sep 05, 2017
u are beyond right.

We give so many irrelevant information on our CV. some of these irrelevant informations are given because many people copy other people VC. Thanks for d enlightenment.
Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by StarryV(f): 4:02pm On Sep 06, 2017
Please what's the maximum number of pages required of a good CV?

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Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by chibike69: 7:16am On Sep 07, 2017
nice one there op













I no read am ooo
Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by digitalbabalawo(m): 7:17am On Sep 07, 2017
Nice one
Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by id4sho(m): 7:18am On Sep 07, 2017
Cv palava
Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by Dedosman(m): 7:25am On Sep 07, 2017
StarryV:
Please what's the maximum number of pages required of a good CV?
gud question brother u speak ma mind
Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by bjayx: 7:29am On Sep 07, 2017
After all is done nko
Abeg, leave trash for lawma!
Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by Chiidi(m): 7:29am On Sep 07, 2017
Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by kittykollinxx(m): 7:31am On Sep 07, 2017
CV is not important in a country where 'man-know-man' is the order of the day

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Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by Paulfish: 7:32am On Sep 07, 2017
thanks for sharing . My signature might be what you've been looking for
Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by chiefolododo(m): 7:32am On Sep 07, 2017
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Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by 9japrof(m): 7:36am On Sep 07, 2017
grin
Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by Josephjnr(m): 7:37am On Sep 07, 2017
Job is now so few that we now blame our joblessness on our CV and our performance during interviews. Some of us have edited our CV like a thousand times and have read almost all books on how to act during job interviews and yet jobless. If we think it's basically about CV and interview, ask how many medical Drs have time to edit CV and prepare for any interview. I think our problem is more than just individual CV issue. As one old man did say," do school when get handwork."

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Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by jordyspices: 7:38am On Sep 07, 2017
Na wah oh mean while some ppl no dey sumit cv na for there connect to put their name for THE PRESIDENCY letter headed paper nd das all
Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by lumzybo: 7:39am On Sep 07, 2017
Fine
Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by Impulse80(m): 7:40am On Sep 07, 2017
grin
Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by kollinz1234(m): 7:41am On Sep 07, 2017
hmmm CV still de reign??
Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by don4real18(m): 7:46am On Sep 07, 2017
Just learn skills... It has helped me
Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by obonujoker(m): 7:47am On Sep 07, 2017
These CV people don start again.... grin
Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by gretblue: 7:47am On Sep 07, 2017
gentle136:
u are beyond right.

We give so many irrelevant information on our CV. some of these irrelevant informations are given because many people copy other people VC. Thanks for d enlightenment.
Even you are also giving false information. Information comes with no plural form as indicated in your write- up.

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Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by Nobody: 7:48am On Sep 07, 2017
Enough of these CV crap

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Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by gretblue: 7:52am On Sep 07, 2017
StarryV:
Please what's the maximum number of pages required of a good CV?
A 2 page CV is good enough.Except one just finished his NYSC and hasn't gotten much work experience to be included in the CV.
Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by free2ryhme: 8:01am On Sep 07, 2017
TheReadyWriters:
A Curriculum Vitae is your own way of communicating your abilities, experiences, qualifications and skills in order to secure a job you desire.

Writing your CV requires conscious effort. Employers have also identified some flaws that reduce the chances of job seekers getting call backs simply because they do not know or are careless about the presentation of their CV.

For the purpose of this writing, we would list and discuss ten mistakes applicants must refrain from in order to scale through job interviews and get the appointment afterwards:

Irrelevant information:
No employer has all the time in the world to check through your CV; they scan through your CV within a minute or less. So, do not fill it with needless information that would only jeopardize your chances. Data like religion, height, weight, etc. should be excluded.

Hiding significant information:
What else does your CV do if not to sell your personality vis-à-vis the job you aspire to and this should be communicated right away to your prospective employer in your CV. You can use highlights or bullet points to emphasize your strong areas and important information.

Ambiguous expressions:
On no condition should you use words or phrases like ‘several’, ‘a few’, ‘many’ in your CV, which are not definite enough. They can only make your CV unclear and hence, become unacceptable to your interviewer. Especially when you are meant to state the years of work experience, mention exactly the number of years, designation or role, and nothing more. Perhaps, you made significant sales in your previous employment, state precisely the figure or amount for your interviewer to know that you are sure of your responses, and that you are not faking it.

Wide or close gaps between employment dates:
The onus lies on you to explain the reasons you were out of employment for such a long time, maybe due to a professional course, travel, or any other necessities, etc. In case it is a close gap in date, which some employers frown at, you should let them know the reason too. You may offer that the close dates or short stay in an employment is occasioned by a job opportunity in your professional field or interest, necessitating the shift, etc.

Being economical with the truth:
Know that your CV is representative of your worth. However, do not include a qualification and work title that you know nothing about. Saying exactly what you are or have (qualities, previous salary, grade level, skills, etc.) presents you as an honest person and that could be just what the interviewer or employer needs to approve you as the best fit for the job.

Too lengthy expressions:
Describe yourself or ability in the shortest possible way because it will help you keep your employer interested in going through your CV. Adopting a short but precise CV helps keep your material to a maximum of two pages, which is acceptable for the so busy employers who have tons of other stuff to attend to.

Heavy graphics design:
Focus on the most important things, which are your experience, qualification and skills. Employers are interested in what you have got to offer other than mundane add-ons (though they may cite it in the course of interview). Let your CV be typed in a screen friendly font like Ariel, Times New Roman, etc. and with a size not exceeding 10 or 12 for the body text, while the heading and subheading can take a slightly larger size.

A clueless introduction:
Instead of a vague introduction, we recommend a direct expression of your ability or experience with words like “A sales representative with 10 years of work experience in the financial sector”. This is acceptable than saying ‘results-oriented, team player, achiever,’ etc. Mind you, the interviewer’s first port of call might be your introduction and if you can get the required attention there, you will be good for it.

Enlisting Referees:
Except it is called for, do not, for any reason, list a number of referees, which takes up a lot of space in your CV. Better state that ‘References will be presented on request’. Preferably too, list your references on another sheet of paper for evaluation by the employer.

Grammatical errors:
This is termed a credibility killer by some people. Do not ruin your chances of getting a job by any error in grammar, spelling, or expression. Therefore, make sure you check and cross check your CV for errors and get someone else to do this for you too.
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But abokïs dey get job without resume

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Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by sucess001(m): 8:07am On Sep 07, 2017
TheReadyWriters:
A Curriculum Vitae is your own way of communicating your abilities, experiences, qualifications and skills in order to secure a job you desire.

Writing your CV requires conscious effort. Employers have also identified some flaws that reduce the chances of job seekers getting call backs simply because they do not know or are careless about the presentation of their CV.

For the purpose of this writing, we would list and discuss ten mistakes applicants must refrain from in order to scale through job interviews and get the appointment afterwards:

Irrelevant information:
No employer has all the time in the world to check through your CV; they scan through your CV within a minute or less. So, do not fill it with needless information that would only jeopardize your chances. Data like religion, height, weight, etc. should be excluded.

Hiding significant information:
What else does your CV do if not to sell your personality vis-à-vis the job you aspire to and this should be communicated right away to your prospective employer in your CV. You can use highlights or bullet points to emphasize your strong areas and important information.

Ambiguous expressions:
On no condition should you use words or phrases like ‘several’, ‘a few’, ‘many’ in your CV, which are not definite enough. They can only make your CV unclear and hence, become unacceptable to your interviewer. Especially when you are meant to state the years of work experience, mention exactly the number of years, designation or role, and nothing more. Perhaps, you made significant sales in your previous employment, state precisely the figure or amount for your interviewer to know that you are sure of your responses, and that you are not faking it.

Wide or close gaps between employment dates:
The onus lies on you to explain the reasons you were out of employment for such a long time, maybe due to a professional course, travel, or any other necessities, etc. In case it is a close gap in date, which some employers frown at, you should let them know the reason too. You may offer that the close dates or short stay in an employment is occasioned by a job opportunity in your professional field or interest, necessitating the shift, etc.

Being economical with the truth:
Know that your CV is representative of your worth. However, do not include a qualification and work title that you know nothing about. Saying exactly what you are or have (qualities, previous salary, grade level, skills, etc.) presents you as an honest person and that could be just what the interviewer or employer needs to approve you as the best fit for the job.

Too lengthy expressions:
Describe yourself or ability in the shortest possible way because it will help you keep your employer interested in going through your CV. Adopting a short but precise CV helps keep your material to a maximum of two pages, which is acceptable for the so busy employers who have tons of other stuff to attend to.

Heavy graphics design:
Focus on the most important things, which are your experience, qualification and skills. Employers are interested in what you have got to offer other than mundane add-ons (though they may cite it in the course of interview). Let your CV be typed in a screen friendly font like Ariel, Times New Roman, etc. and with a size not exceeding 10 or 12 for the body text, while the heading and subheading can take a slightly larger size.

A clueless introduction:
Instead of a vague introduction, we recommend a direct expression of your ability or experience with words like “A sales representative with 10 years of work experience in the financial sector”. This is acceptable than saying ‘results-oriented, team player, achiever,’ etc. Mind you, the interviewer’s first port of call might be your introduction and if you can get the required attention there, you will be good for it.

Enlisting Referees:
Except it is called for, do not, for any reason, list a number of referees, which takes up a lot of space in your CV. Better state that ‘References will be presented on request’. Preferably too, list your references on another sheet of paper for evaluation by the employer.

Grammatical errors:
This is termed a credibility killer by some people. Do not ruin your chances of getting a job by any error in grammar, spelling, or expression. Therefore, make sure you check and cross check your CV for errors and get someone else to do this for you too.
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I disagree with you on references.

I always advise applicants to include it....a referee's name that is familiar with the interviewer gives you a distinct edge.

I got my last job that way. the recruiter knew one of my referees and just called her up. The referee gave a good recommendation and the interview became a mere formality.

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Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by soath(m): 8:17am On Sep 07, 2017
There's a place for God's favour.
Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by Lekewatt(m): 8:35am On Sep 07, 2017
Join politics, under 2years u don hamma. Betterstill, u can use ur neighbor's child for blood yahoo grin
Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by Histrings08(m): 8:56am On Sep 07, 2017
Different rules keep popping up everyday... Oluwa saanu wa
Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by emmasege: 8:58am On Sep 07, 2017
I expected to see this in your write up:

Stating religious affiliation or belief in your CV, especially when applying to international organizations. Not every nation is crazy about religion like ours.
Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by okonja(m): 9:21am On Sep 07, 2017
Finally, give @Benjom your CV to write from you...that guy is extremely good cool

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Re: Ten Mistakes You Must Avoid In Your CV by charlesucheh(m): 9:35am On Sep 07, 2017
StarryV:
Please what's the maximum number of pages required of a good CV?
to me, I think Two will do!

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