Spelling mistakes, unrelated skills and irrelevant information are the top three things that put recruiters off a candidate straight away, according to a new survey.
The survey of 200 recruiters conducted by CV-Library, found 71% are put off immediately by spelling mistakes on a cv, followed by 62.6% who said being massively under qualified for the role and 40.6% who said a list of unrelated skills were big turn-offs for them.
Other things recruiters hated were cvs that are more than two pages long [16.1%], a picture [14.2%], a cv littered with buzzwords [12.9%], cvs which are ‘too creative’ [12.9%], no cover letter even when stated as a requirement [7.1%] and no social media presence [1.9%].
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “While it can be all too easy to fire out a generic CV, I can’t stress enough the importance of tweaking your profile for each different role you apply for. The job market is extremely competitive right now, and if you want to stand out from the crowd, you need to consider the recruiter scanning through your CV at the other end, and think about how they will view your skills and experience. For example, if a job requires knowledge in a certain area, try and demonstrate how you have excelled in this previously.
“We often find that candidates will try to come across in a professional manner by using jargon or unnecessarily big words, when really, we just want to know what they’ve worked on previously and what they can bring to the table for their next role. It’s important to show that you are human and do enjoy activities outside of work, but that doesn’t mean listing every hobby that you’ve ever had! Try and keep it concise by using a short opening paragraph to introduce yourself and follow this up with a clear layout demonstrating why you’re best suited for the role.”