There are many reasons why a recruiter may end up disregarding your CV. Here are the most common 10 reasons:
- The photo on your CV is a selfie with a duckface in a car or a nightclub: Yeah, very professional of you.
- You are lying: Professional recruiters are trained to find those inconsistencies; good luck with that.
- You applied to 5 totally different job vacancies in the same company: Err, where exactly do you think you fit?
- You applied to a job where you clearly don’t have the required qualifications: When a company did not advertise the job you are looking for, send your CV by email with a motivational note instead of applying to the wrong job and burning your chances to be considered later on.
- Your CV is 8 pages long: Recruiters have thousands of CVs to read per day and they will not spend more than 10 seconds on yours so write smart. Stick to one page, 2 if you have +15 years experience.
- Your CV is not written in English: English has become a basic entry requirement. Keep practicing!
- You dismissed critical information: No one is going to call to ask which university you attended, how long you worked in a company and what exactly were your responsibilities. Make sure it is all there.
- You sent your CV by mail 5 times, by hand 4 times and already called 3 times: A bad impression won’t get you anywhere. When there is a vacancy and a green light for the budget, interviews will take place. You will miss your chance with this approach. (Not talking about pistons)
- Your CV is full of typos: For the millionth time; spell check and get other people to read it! A CV full of typos says that you probably can’t even write a proper e-mail.
- You sent your CV to 19 other companies in the same email (obvious in the TO) or the company was in BCC: Please take the time to send a personalized e-mail to each company showing that you actually made an effort to show genuine interest.