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CV Writing Tips: 3 Red Flags That Might Disqualify You For That Job

Posted by | October 28, 2015 | Graduate Article

You’ve submitted your job application for consideration in a particular job. You are now waiting for that call to invite you for an interview. 2 weeks after the deadline, nothing comes. Then it’s a month and it’s clear you were not among the shortlisted candidates.

What could have been wrong? You ask. Well, your CV must have raised a red flag making the recruiter choose a different candidate over you. Even when you believe you are well qualified for a particular job, your CV could give the recruiter or employer a bad perception of you.

For example, if there are many applicants and your CV has some important information missing or you include information that tells the recruiter a different story about you, then chances are you will not be getting the call.

Here Are 3 CV Red Flags That Might Work Against You

1.You left out information that was key for the job

When you come across a job advert that details key requirements to include a specific number of years of experience needed in a similar role, then make sure you highlight that. Some job seekers leave out information on how long they held a particular position, which is never a good thing.

Justus Ng’etich, a Recruitment Manager at Corporate Staffing Services says that when applications are many and you have to look through each CV, not including the time period and position you held could ruin your chances for the job.

Contacts are also very important; do not give recruiters a reason not to call you.

2. The unemployment gap is visible

Not to discourage you from applying to jobs if you’ve been out of the job market, but recruiters will always be concerned if you’ve been out of the job. Most times it might not be the deciding factor, but if an employer is strict on someone with recent experience, then your chances will probably be very slim.

To counter this, you can leverage the cover letter or email body to work to your advantage. Mention something you’ve been doing to keep you up to date with what is happening in your profession. Employers want people who are current on matters.

3. Evidence of a demotion in your CV

If you held a senior position but your rank later dropped in recent positions, then that is a clear red flag. Some recruiters may want to know why that was and invite you to an interview for that reason, while others will prefer to choose someone who has been consistent.

I know of a lady who suffered a demotion and had to do away with the senior position from altogether because she couldn’t get a job. This does not mean you lie about your qualifications; it is about knowing what will work and what will not.

If you are not so sure how to go about a CV issue, it is best if you consult with a career coach.