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Re: Big Mistakes I Discovered in 50 CV: Why They Were Not Invited 4 Interviews by JOpress3: 7:12pm On Sep 14
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Results Oriented
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Re: Big Mistakes I Discovered in 50 CV: Why They Were Not Invited 4 Interviews by JOpress3: 5:10am On Sep 15
JOpress3:
#1. Poor Arrangement of information in CV
87 % of the 50 Cv i worked on, has poor arrangement information in their CV. This sets of applicants did not understand the principle of strength and weakness. So, how can they tackle this problem?.

Consider SWOT analysis. According to Wikipedia, “SWOT analysis is a Strategic Planning techniques used to help a person or organization identify Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats related to business competition or project planning”. No doubt you have competition in the labour market, in that job you wish to apply for. Therefore, it is your duty to identify your SWOT and position them to your advantage, if you must be ahead of your competitors.

So, what information can be classified your Strength or Opportunity, Weakness or Threats? For me, Information such as, Added academic qualification (Phd,Msc,MBa,Phd etc), Additional Certifications, Big brand Work Experience, and your achievements, will stand as my strength and opportunities. And, I will position them in my first page. While, information such as Personal data (Date of birth; where you are above the age in an advertised job, Your Marital Status, State of origin etc.) will be considered my Weakness and Threats and i will relocate them to the behind pages.

The idea is, you position your strength and opportunities in your first page so that they attract attention of your potential employers.
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Re: Big Mistakes I Discovered in 50 CV: Why They Were Not Invited 4 Interviews by JOpress3: 5:11am On Sep 15
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#2 Address of Residence
Common sense is not common practice, as basic as address of residence is, it has denied about 95% of applicants opportunities of getting their desired job.

Time has really change things, the days when most employers will recruit new employee from any part of the country and provide free accommodation for 3 months, to help you settle down, have gone down the drains. The Market forces of demand and supply has change every thing, the Number of graduate Supplied into the labour market far exceed the available jobs in demand. And, it has given Employers a lot of choice to choose from and they enjoy it a lot, because it created avenue to cut cost to its minimum.

These days, for example, let’s say an employer in Lagos need 50 qualified graduates, she can get all the 50 graduates in Lagos alone, in a day, anytime she places a vacancy advertisement. These is definitely a problem for an applicant, whose address of residence is not Lagos state, the same for Employers in Portharcourt and Abuja, considered to be job hub in these country. Applicants need to be dynamic in approach.

How do you tackle this challenge if you reside outside these three states(Lagos, Portharcourt, & Abuja)? Its very simple, for example, let’s say you reside in Benin and you find a job vacancy in portharcourt that you meet the requirements, ask yourself, did I have relations or friends in portharcourt, if yes, put a call immediately to them explain clearly the situation at hand, ask for their address and replace it with yours in your CV before you apply. When you get the job sort yourself out.
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Re: Big Mistakes I Discovered in 50 CV: Why They Were Not Invited 4 Interviews by JOpress3: 7:32pm On Sep 15
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Organised
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planning
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Re: Big Mistakes I Discovered in 50 CV: Why They Were Not Invited 4 Interviews by JOpress3: 7:18pm On Sep 16
Passionate
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focus
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Re: Big Mistakes I Discovered in 50 CV: Why They Were Not Invited 4 Interviews by JOpress3: 5:12am On Sep 17
JOpress3:
#3 Too Many Jobs Within a short period of time.

93% of the 50 CV i worked on have this Big mistake. This class of applicant thought that the more places they have worked the better the job opportunities, some have worked in 3 places in 3 years, 4 places in 5years or 6 places in 7 years etc. The question I do ask most time, is it necessary to include all your previous job in your cv or reduce it to few number of jobs.

Lets compare and contrast two applicants below and give our verdict. The first, is an applicant who has worked in 6 places within 7 years. The second, is an applicant who has worked in only 2 places in 7 Years. Who will you consider for a job?.

Here’s My verdict, for the first applicant that worked in 6 places in 7 Years, I will not give him a job, because his job history has shown that he doesn’t stay long in a job, he is not consistent, no stable job experience, it might be that he is not a hard working person or he might have a character problem, as such no job for him. For the second applicant who worked for 2 places in 7 Years, I will give him the job, because he has demonstrated from his job history that he stay longer in a job, it means he has acquired better experience in each job with time, he is consistent and might be hard working and have better character. Yes for him, I will give him the job. So you see the implications.

The idea is, you don’t necessarily need to pile up long list of previous place of work, you should consider prone it down to 2 or 3 work places maximum. You can selects that which you acquired good experience and can get good reference in case. Be creative.
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Re: Big Mistakes I Discovered in 50 CV: Why They Were Not Invited 4 Interviews by JOpress3: 5:13am On Sep 17
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#4. Unnecessary Long List of Responsibility.

99.5% of the 50 CV i worked on failed in this aspect.? This class of applicants see responsibility as an achievement, so they pile a long list and cover the whole space. As define by an online dictionary, “responsibility is the state of facts of being responsible, answerable or accountable for something within ones control”.

Hence that is what it is, it means responsibility is a general things and not personal, such that, 50 persons can have the same responsibilities at a time. for example a responsibility of Customer Service Officer is the same in similar industry every where you go. Then , why the long list of responsibilities in your cv? Wouldn’t it be better if you summarise it to one or two sentence and save yourself a lot of space in your CV. The best CV are not more than Two(2) pages.

For example a Bank Marketer can summarise her responsibility this way ‘Sale of banks retail products, such as Assets, Liability and Non financial' Simple and straight forward. An attacker in football team, like Lionel Messi and Neymar Junior,if you ask them to tell you their responsibilities, they will answer ‘ to score goals and give assist' simple and straight to the point, any other thing is secondary.

The idea is that, responsibility is a general thing, it doesn’t make you smarter or hardworking and it is not an achievement as you will see below.
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Re: Big Mistakes I Discovered in 50 CV: Why They Were Not Invited 4 Interviews by JOpress3: 8:00pm On Sep 17
JOpress3:
innovative
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Re: Big Mistakes I Discovered in 50 CV: Why They Were Not Invited 4 Interviews by JOpress3: 8:01pm On Sep 17
JOpress3:
Organised
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Re: Big Mistakes I Discovered in 50 CV: Why They Were Not Invited 4 Interviews by JOpress3: 5:11am On Sep 22
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What's your idea on Your Skill set
At tentative to details.
Re: Big Mistakes I Discovered in 50 CV: Why They Were Not Invited 4 Interviews by JOpress3: 5:12am On Sep 22
JOpress3:
What's your idea on Your Skill set
Ability to work with little or no supervision
Re: Big Mistakes I Discovered in 50 CV: Why They Were Not Invited 4 Interviews by JOpress3: 5:41am On Sep 23
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What's your idea on Your Skill set
Adoptable
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What's your idea on Your Skill set
Fast Learning
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What's your idea on Your Skill set
enthusiasts
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What's your idea on Your Skill set
charismatic
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What's your idea on Your Skill set
Cheerful
Re: Big Mistakes I Discovered in 50 CV: Why They Were Not Invited 4 Interviews by JOpress3: 8:12pm On Sep 24
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What's your idea on Your Skill set
persistent
Re: Big Mistakes I Discovered in 50 CV: Why They Were Not Invited 4 Interviews by JOpress3: 7:09pm On Sep 25
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What's your idea on Your Skill set
Optimistic
Re: Big Mistakes I Discovered in 50 CV: Why They Were Not Invited 4 Interviews by JOpress3: 6:36am On Sep 26
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What's your idea on Your Skill set
Interdependent
Re: Big Mistakes I Discovered in 50 CV: Why They Were Not Invited 4 Interviews by JOpress3: 6:38am On Sep 26
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What's your idea on Your Skill set
Analytical
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What's your idea on Your Skill set
Boldness
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What's your skill set
impeccable
Re: Big Mistakes I Discovered in 50 CV: Why They Were Not Invited 4 Interviews by JOpress3: 5:06am On Sep 27
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What's your idea on Your Skill set
Meticulous
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What's your idea on Your Skill set
careful
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What's your idea on Your Skill set
positive thinking
Re: Big Mistakes I Discovered in 50 CV: Why They Were Not Invited 4 Interviews by JOpress3: 6:28pm On Sep 28
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What's your idea on Your Skill set
Team Leadership
Re: Big Mistakes I Discovered in 50 CV: Why They Were Not Invited 4 Interviews by JOpress3: 5:29am On Sep 29
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What's your idea on Your Skill set
Empathy
Re: Big Mistakes I Discovered in 50 CV: Why They Were Not Invited 4 Interviews by JOpress3: 9:08am On Oct 01
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What's your idea on Your Skill set
dexterity

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