London: It’s true that one should try to stand out to garner more attention but some people cross the line when it comes to creating their resumes.
Recruiters face everything from a CV written in rhyme to the hopeful who went straight to the top with his references – and cited God.
Another candidate boasted that he was a direct descendant of the Vikings, while someone else modestly listed ‘Master of Time and Universe’ under his experience.
The survey of more than 700 employers by website Careerbuilder.co.uk to revealed what employers advise against in job applications.
One candidate ended up submitting a resume with someone else’s photograph while another only gave their name and number with the phrase: ‘I want a job.’
The attempt from a jobseeker who sent his CV from email address ‘lovesbeer’ also failed to make quite the desired impression.
Not surprisingly, employers’ biggest peeve was spelling errors and typos, followed by CVs filled with off-putting reams of text, chunks lifted from the job advert and those lacking a cover letter.
Businesses did not like CVs of three pages or longer, those that were not targeted at the position and any that listed objectives instead of a career summary.
“You want to stack the deck in your favour when writing a CV,” the Telegraph quoted Tony Roy, president of CareerBuilder EMEA, as saying.
“Make sure to highlight key accomplishments with quantifiable results, so employers can see how you put your skills into action. It’s also important to remember that employers often use electronic devices to screen and rank CVs.
“Pepper in keywords from the job ad into your CV as it relates to your experience to improve your ranking.”