6 Reasons Why Your Reviewed CV Hasn’t Produced the Results You Want
As a Talent Acquisition Professional, a lot of people come complaining to me that they paid someone to write their CV and applied to over 200 vacancies and haven’t gotten a single interview invite. Some are willing to pay me to review it for them again but I always tell them some bitter truth which CV Consultant may not have told you about and which I have decided to share with everyone. Here are 6 reasons why you are not getting your desired result:
You may be applying to the wrong jobs
It’s not about Quantity but Quality. A big mistake is to think that every vacancy you see should be applied to. It’s best to apply to a few and get more results. It baffles me when I send people vacancies and after 3 minutes, they say DONE! It’s not every job you’re qualified for. It’s also not every job that your CV is qualified for. Save your energy and apply to only the right ones.
You haven’t put in the required effort in your job application.
Using your data to send a mail doesn’t count as an effort. What CV Reviews typically do is to put your ‘General’ CV in shape and ensure you’re well-positioned. Whilst I acknowledge that some people desperately need to pay for a review. BUT BUT BUT , you have a part to play for each vacancy you apply for. Here are some of the effort you need to put to every application:
- Do some basic and simple research about the company
- Study the job description. Don’t just READ to forward your CV, try and understand what they really want and check if you fit
- Sit down and re-arrange the CV that they helped you to review. Extract some basic (important) requirements and put it in your CV (if it’s not there), then remove the things that are not relevant e.g if you’re applying for specialist roles, remove some irrelevant generalist job description.
- Add achievements and any other details that would make you stand out.
You didn’t follow instructions
Shout out to all those that send applications without a subject or use CV as the job title. Most time, companies ask you to use the job title as the subject of the email. Please follow instructions and don’t just be in a hurry to increase the number of CV’s sent.
You didn’t add a Cover Letter
Don’t underestimate the power of a GOOD and convincing cover letter. This goes a long way especially when you are not as qualified for the role but you feel you can still do it. This is an opportunity to sell yourself better and convince the employer to at least call you for an interview. If you would like a step by step guide to writing a cover letter, you can check it out here
You may not be SUITABLE
Here, the employer/hiring manager/Recruiter may have seen your CV and just doesn’t feel you are suitable for the role. Based on my experience as a recruiter, I see some really nice CVs that don’t fit what I’m currently looking for and I keep them in view for other roles. You may not be suitable for a role now but that doesn’t mean you won’t be the perfect candidate for tomorrows vacancy so keep the hope alive.
Your application may have gotten lost
Some companies get so many applications for a particular role and because they don’t have a recruitment software to help them manage CV’s, there is a high probability for some CV’s to get lost. I’m talking based on experience as someone that has worked in both structured and unstructured recruitment. I always advise candidates to resend an application if they find the role re-advertised especially when they are sure they are qualified (if possible reach out to an HR staff of the company on LinkedIn). It has worked for a candidate and he got the job after sending it the second time. N.B: This doesn’t always work though, it’s a possibility in few cases.
I sincerely wish you the best in your career journey!