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7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by PatrickOkunima(m): 4:20pm On Jan 25
As an HR person, I see over 100 to 200 CVs per day in my job. In most cases during recruitment, I receive over 2000 CVs for a specific job role. You can then calculate the figures when we have multiple job roles. I have decided to offer some advice to job seekers out there who are having lots of difficulties getting job interviews – even for jobs they are well qualified for.

As fresh HR personnel, I was flabbergasted by the silly mistakes made by job seekers, but along the line, I became used to seeing it. Your resume is your representative on paper. So if there is something that needs to be well-presented aside you physically, your CV should be that thing.

Below are the top 7 mistakes or areas where people let themselves down while searching for a job

Spelling, Typos, and Grammar

It is no longer news that the average Nigerian student possesses bad spelling habit. There are no excuses; you have to double check your spelling, grammar, in the most efficient way as possible. You can employ the use of spelling checkers; ask friends or family members to help.

I might make a mistake in this article, but it won’t affect anything in my career. But making a mistake on your resume is not an option at all. You would never have the chance to defend yourself.

Even if you aren’t proficient with English, you can employ the services of someone who can help you get the job done.

Cover Letter

Let’s not beat it; the basic aim of your resume is to know if you’ve got the required experience. The cover letter is what shows your motivation, and attention to details about the job requirements. Sending your resume without your cover letter (unless when there’s no room to send it) is like gifting someone a machine without the manual.

Cover letters are important for 3 reasons

- To see if you have the ability to put together a business letter.

- To see if you’ve analyzed the job role, company, and put some time into customizing a letter that accompanies your resume. Most times I get a letter that references other companies from job seekers – which is very bad.

- To learn why you are applying for this present role.

Using Drab Career Objectives

Since the idea of inserting career objectives at the top of a resume came into the scene, we have seen it bastardized. Several times I come around people who copy and paste career objectives from job sites.

If you really feel cool about inserting a career objective at the top of your resume, then you should customize it for the job role you seek for.

Your Resume looks like a job description

Avoid statements like “Responsible for” or “Duties included”, these phrases belongs to job descriptions and not your resume. You need to focus on your achievements and accomplishments in your previous job roles. How will the present employer benefit from you?

Show them facts and figures of things you’ve achieved, not the job you carried out.

Contact Information

If you have your address in Kwara state on your CV, then you apply for a job whose location is in Lagos, how do you intend to explain that?

The first place I look at on any CV that comes into my desk is the candidate’s location. If it is within proximity, I can then proceed to check up on other details (If we aren’t having a large pool of resumes).

Avoiding the use of keywords

If your CV can’t pass the ATS test, then I advise you keep praying and fasting. If you have the right connections, then no need of passing your CV through software. But if you don’t, then you should know about the ATS software.

It screens out CVs from a pool where candidates have uploaded their resumes. It functions with the help of specific keywords keyed into the system by the hiring manager.

So if you have been sending out your CVs without callbacks, then this might be one mistake you are making.

What do you do?

If I look at your CV for 7 seconds and can’t figure out your areas of expertise, then I dump it and move onto the next. Nobody has all the time in the world to analyze a single CV unless an order has been given from above – it happens.

Your CV must be concise and professionally written to attract maximum attention – even if you are a fresher. You need to explain to me who you are via your CV like a 4-year old.

If most HR persons like me can’t get these details, we won’t be convinced about adding you up to our interview list.

I hope you’ve learnt a few. In coming days I will still be explaining more of these to you. I wish you success. Bye.

Source: https://patrickokunima.com/2018/01/25/7-costly-mistakes-on-cv-that-leave-graduates-unemployed/

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Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by maxnedu11(m): 5:02pm On Jan 25
will it be possible to help me review mine, will be most grateful. thanks

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Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by PatrickOkunima(m): 5:52pm On Jan 25
maxnedu11:
will it be possible to help me review mine, will be most grateful. thanks

Of course, but it's not free. You can order on our website.

From time to time, I offer free CV writing services to job seekers here on Nairaland. Click www.nairaland.com/patrickokunima and follow me, for updates!

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Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by Chukazu: 5:53pm On Jan 25
Is it a must to add "career objectives?"

I never add it to my CV
Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by PatrickOkunima(m): 6:02pm On Jan 25
Chukazu:
Is it a must to add "career objectives?"

I never add it to my CV

Nothing is a must, but I recommend that your CV should have either a Career Summary or a Career Objective section. The former for more experienced applicants. The Career Summary is the same as Qualifications Summary or Summary of Qualifications.

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Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by Chukazu: 6:21pm On Jan 25
PatrickOkunima:


Nothing is a must, but I recommend that your CV should have either a Career Summary or a Career Objective section. The former for more experienced applicants. The Career Summary is the same as Qualifications Summary or Summary of Qualifications.

Ok sir

I have got career summary
Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by maxnedu11(m): 6:46pm On Jan 25
PatrickOkunima:


Of course, but it's not free. You can order on our website.

Alternatively, you can follow me and exercise a little patience. From time to time, I offer free CV writing services to job seekers here on Nairaland.
thanks
Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by PatrickOkunima(m): 7:40pm On Jan 25
maxnedu11:
thanks
You're welcome.

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Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by PatrickOkunima(m): 5:49am On Jan 26
Chukazu:


Ok sir

I have got career summary
In that case, you have no need for the objective.
Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by modelmike7(m): 7:46am On Jan 26
Good thread for applicants
Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by hezy4real01(m): 7:48am On Jan 26
This cover letter sef how many company value am..... I have not used one before
Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by 4stepsAead: 7:49am On Jan 26
Check below for my comment... kiss
Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by Nonnyflex(m): 7:49am On Jan 26
No comment
Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by 4stepsAead: 7:50am On Jan 26
Is there a thing like a perfect CV? Omo if them go employ them go employ you... it only takes God's grace... Ecclesiastes 9:11

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Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by maxwell767(m): 7:51am On Jan 26
undecided
Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by mysteriousman(m): 7:53am On Jan 26
Majority of your observations are peculiar to jobs within the private sector in Nigeria, cover notes in this part of the world are notes from one Oga at the top recommending you should be given a job

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Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by UDOKABESTLUV(m): 7:54am On Jan 26
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Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by kollinpowel(m): 7:55am On Jan 26
Omo see marketing strategy. Op if you like go and type you CV from the space if you are not connected, then you are sitting on a bicycle.

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Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by SlimOfy(m): 7:57am On Jan 26
This was so enlightening... Thanks OP
Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by buske(m): 8:00am On Jan 26
Op, A standard resume is not suppose to exceed 3 pages.
Now, many employers prefer to see the job descriptions of the several positions you've held. Including key achievements would surely make your cv exceed 3 pages.
What do you advise?
Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by basmur(m): 8:03am On Jan 26
on of the unlimited advantages of the forum
Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by AK481(m): 8:06am On Jan 26
Seun should stop � promoting these kinds of people,man who types CV for a living they claim HR.

See,I don’t know much percentage is fo graduate trainee job goes by selecting cv from pools of cv, but experience roles are 90-97 % referral. Just know person who has worked with you before or see you work somewhere,one he recommends,shikena.

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Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by seunny4lif(m): 8:06am On Jan 26
In Nigeria? or where?
Whats this? CV tutorial?

People still dey write CV in Nigeria?
I have never written any CV in my Life in Nigeria undecided undecided undecided
Whether your CV was writing by Queen Eli or by UK prime minister, if you don't know anybody in Nigeria now, then you are OYO
Simple

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Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by sisipelebe(f): 8:07am On Jan 26
4stepsAead:
Is there a thing like a perfect CV? Omo if them go employ them go employ you... it only takes God's grace... Ecclesiastes 9:11
Tell them let them hear, I have even given up on re-editing my CV. If The job is mine, they will give me a call.

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Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by fasho01(m): 8:07am On Jan 26
Very enlightening thread..

However, what could be the problem when one has all these in place but still gets the same response?
Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by AvailableCofOLa(m): 8:09am On Jan 26
Quite educating for job seekers Thank you
Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by fghanni(m): 8:11am On Jan 26
An opportunity! Save The Date...

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Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by 4stepsAead: 8:13am On Jan 26
sisipelebe:
Tell them let them hear, I have even given up on re-editing my CV. If The job is mine, they will give me a call.

Gbam!!!

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Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by Bozzy001(m): 8:13am On Jan 26
Thanks for the information. I need to edit my cv sharply.
Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by stano2(m): 8:21am On Jan 26
Cv palava, una no the tire?
Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by ionsman: 8:26am On Jan 26
Okay.
Re: 7 Costly Mistakes On CV That Leave Graduates Unemployed by Luckyabuchi(m): 8:30am On Jan 26
fghanni:
An opportunity!
for 2017 nice one

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