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Why is my CV Rejected - Tips to Improve your CV

There are many reasons why a CV might be rejected. Below we have listed the main factors which contribute to rejection:

CV is too long

As mentioned previously, people have become very good at skim reading documents to get to the information they need quickly. This has become ever more apparent with the evolution of the internet. It's vital that your CV is attractive and to the point. To highlight this even more, consider that an employer could receive well over 100 applicants for a single job. Now imagine that each CV was 4 pages long. That's 400 pages the employer must read to get through them all, that's the size of an average book! If you are one of the few who has a long CV then there's every chance that your CV will end up in the bin and not even read. Try and keep your CV to 2 or 3 pages at the most. One of the best ways to conserve space on you CV is to use bullet points, tables and also changing the margin sizes.

CV not relevant to the job role

This is one of the most common reasons, especially with more and more jobs being posted on the internet. People tend to post their CV to as many companies as possible in the hope that they will increase their chances of getting an interview. This is a bad habit and an annoying one for employers. You should only send you CV to a prospective employer if you are sure you have skills which match the job role, otherwise you are wasting your own time and theirs.

Grammar and Spelling mistakes

One of the easiest to fix but yet one of the most damaging to have on your CV. Spelling mistakes are bad simply because it looks as though you haven't checked your CV thoroughly. Diligence is an important part in any job role, and most employers will expect a certain level of correctness about an employees work. Spelling and grammar mistakes are easy to correct with proof reading and using the Microsoft Word spell checker.

Sending your CV too late

Applying for jobs as soon as they come on the market is usually a good technique. If you are too slow in applying you may miss the deadline or get funneled out because of too many people have applied.

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