Why are CVs rejected?

In this section of our CV writing tips, we look at why CVs are typically rejected by employers and recruitment agencies.

If you fall into any of these traps, then your CV won't get you the interviews that you want.

First impressions

First impressions matter; if your CV doesn't grab the reader's attention in the first 20 to 30 seconds, then your chances of getting a job interview will be considerably reduced and they may just move straight on to the next CV.

An employer may have a 100 or more CVs to look through and probably only a couple of hours in which to make their selection.

As a CV writing service, we would normally recommend that you put your work experience at the start of your CV, not personal details or education / qualifications, unless you have only just left education.

What an employer really wants to know is why they should invite you for an interview. For this reason a short summary of your capabilities and/or a list of your major achievements can often be a good idea - we always include these when we are writing a professional CV. This should make an employer want to invite you for an interview - but please be careful that you do not oversell yourself.

Poor visual layout

The visual layout of your CV is very important. Even though the wording you use may be correct, if people cannot find the information they want quickly they will move on to someone else's CV. You should use plenty of 'white' space in your CV and appropriate headings and section breaks.

Always use a word-processor/DTP package. Never use a typewriter as you will look old fashioned and out of date. Use good quality A4 paper, preferably 100 gram for both your CV and cover letter.

Length of CV

It is usually best to try and keep your CV to two pages of A4, unless someone specifically asks you for a longer CV. If you cannot keep your CV to this length then you probably have not understood an employer's requirements.

Employers do not want to know your whole life history - just enough to decide whether they should interview you or not.

If you're struggling with cutting your CV down to two pages then, a CV writer can help decide what information needs to be included and what can be condensed or left out.

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