The Key to a Job Opportunity – By Prashant Singh

Your Resume or CV is one of the most important documents that you may write in your career. Mistakes in your CV could therefore cost you the opportunity of a lifetime. Here are some common errors to be avoided while writing your CV:

1) Spelling Mistakes: Spelling mistakes can leave a poor impression. So have your CV read by someone to remove such errors before you go ahead and apply for a job.

2) Factual mistakes: Incorrect tenure in an organisation, incorrect education details, chronology of experience, can all lead to misunderstandings.

3) Long flowing sentences: This distracts the scanning eyes of a Recruiter due to the limited time they allocate to reading CVs. My suggestion to all, make some key bullet points in your resume that would summarise your experience, skills and achievements.

4) Formatting: The size and type of font chosen can have an impact on the readability. Please do not hilight unnecessary points with colourful fonts, keep it simple and to the point.

5) Incorrect contact information: This being the second most critical data after your experience and skills must be correctly presented. You should mention both your present and permanent addresses with direct contact numbers such as your mobile and landline number. If these details are not listed you might miss an opportunity by a missed call.

6) Lack of objective/focus: Unclear objectives can leave a Recruiter guessing which field or type of job you are interested in. A great objective statement clearly defines your career goal aligned with the job you are targeting for.

7) Length: The CV should be descriptive enough to explain what your key skills are, yet short enough to retain interest of the Recruiter.

To add this, you should also know that a Cover Letter adds a few stars to a great CV. It highlights your interest and summarises your objective for applying for a particular profile. So, once you have worked on your CV, get working on your Cover Letter. This can greatly increase your chance of getting an interview call, which will be your key to securing an opportunity.

The author of this article is part of Oracle India Recruitment Team and can be contacted at prashant.x.singh@oracle.com

Comments:

Wow! that's a great idea. I'll check my CV and send to you.(Just kidding) - Spelling Mistakes: if you mean Grammar...Oh! It's difficult for people who aren't English Native like me. Anyway, I often use wrong.

Posted by Surachart Opun on March 11, 2009 at 12:01 PM CST #

Thats a Great news ............. We will take care for the error mention above and make sure that this sort of error cant happen in our friendship circle.

Posted by NIHAL on March 16, 2009 at 02:08 PM CST #

Hi, Thanks for the valuable information, this would fetch for the job seakers to rectify their errors in their CV's.

Posted by Manthri Srikanth on March 23, 2009 at 06:39 AM CST #

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Posted by jayant das on March 23, 2009 at 09:47 AM CST #

Hi, I have in fact mad a factual mistake on my CV, and have been offered an interview! Do you have any suggestions on how I can prevent the situation from becoming embarrasing? Thanks sn

Posted by sn on April 10, 2009 at 09:00 PM CST #

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Posted by santhosh on April 13, 2009 at 12:03 AM CST #

Hi SN, It is ok to make mistakes, but to give you a clear answer what factual mistake have you made (was it experience, address, length of tenure, etc...). I think the best course of action is to be honest during your interview. That is assuming the mistake is not the reason the you have received the interview (for example: if you have received an interview because you listed you have 5+ yrs Java experience but in fact have none - I would suggest calling the Recruiter and explaining you have made a factual mistake and seeing if they want to proceed), if the mistake is much smaller than this and will not impact your ability to perform the role you are interviewing for then mention this at interview. I hope this helps and best of luck. David T sn: Hi, I have in fact mad a factual mistake on my CV, and have been offered an interview! Do you have any suggestions on how I can prevent the situation from becoming embarrasing? Thanks sn

Posted by David Talamelli on April 13, 2009 at 03:35 AM CST #

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