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8 surprising statistics about CV’s that you need to know

Avoid these silly mistakes on your CV


There are many CV templates and guides on the internet that are handy for when you are writing, or re-drafting, your CV. So there are no excuses for having a CV that is anything but flawless, however, sometimes it is easy to forget, overlook or not even see the mistakes that you make.

If you keep on getting rejected from companies, you need to see these statistics that’ll help to shed some light on the silly, little mistakes and errors that might be plaguing your job application. It’s nothing to be ashamed of; we have all been guilty of some of these at some point.

Be clear and concise
Firstly, make sure you are being clear and concise, because nearly half of all CV’s that are more than two pages long are discarded.

On average, recruiters will spend no more than 5-10 seconds looking at your CV, which is why it is imperative that you have all the keywords that they are looking for i.e. include the words that are in their job description.

Exude professionalism
Your style and tone of writing can be another BIG factor for why you aren’t getting any job interviews. 43% of CV’s are discarded because they are written in third person and if there are any spelling or grammatical mistakes, it is very likely that your CV will get thrown away.

In addition to the style and tone of your CV, ensure that everything linked to your job application is professional, because 76% of CV’s are ignored if you have an unprofessional email address.

Be aware of your competition
Did you know that for any given position there is an average of 118 people that apply for the position? Shockingly only around 35% of candidates who apply for jobs are actually qualified for the role. Make sure you are applying for jobs that are on your level; otherwise you are wasting everyone’s time.

And as a final note, don’t get caught in a lie. 52% of candidates believe it is necessary to lie in order to get an interview, due to high levels of competition. However, this is in no way advisable because 47.3% admitted that their lies didn’t work in securing the role.