6 Reasons Why Your Reviewed CV Hasn’t Produced the Results You Want

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:

  1. Do some basic and simple research about the company
  2. Study the job description. Don’t just READ to forward your CV, try and understand what they really want and check if you fit
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Yewande Jinadu

Yewande Jinadu is a Strategic Human Resource Professional with significant experience in solving problems and helping organization deliver value through its people. Over the past 5years, she has used her expertise in Talent Acquisition, Employer Branding, Technical Recruitment, Performance Management and Employee Engagement to shape the culture of various organization. A superb communicator and an advocate of always treating people well. Currently the Founder of CareerLife Nigeria (careerlife.com.ng), a Public Speaker, Trainer and feature writer for top blogs in NIgeria Through CareerLife Nigeria's initiative, several graduates have become employable and gotten job several Job Offers. Recently she was recognized as one of the top 150 global HR Professionals and Top 50 Career Influencers by The Workbooth Yewande is changing the narrative for Young Nigerian Graduates You can reach out to her by sending a mail to: info@careerlife.com.ng and follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @careerlifeng

10 thoughts on “6 Reasons Why Your Reviewed CV Hasn’t Produced the Results You Want

  1. I have been reading some of your post for a while, it’s really of help to me. Seeing you as a young enthusiastic person is a challenge and inspiration to me. Thank you Ms Yewande

  2. Thank you Yewade for your effort and the impact you’re making in helping people build a satisfactory career. And thank you for always saying ‘keep the hope alive’.

    I have a question on the article of ‘Step by step approach in writing a cover letter’.
    When a role is been advertised and the instruction only requires the applicant to send in CV, is it necessary for the applicant to still write a cover letter or he/she should just write a short note in the body of the mail.

    Thank you

    1. Hi,

      I would advise you still add a cover letter UNLESS the application expressly states CV only and not Cover Letter.

      Because when adverts say, send in your application, it means both CV and Cover Letter.

      Even when they say send CV, send cover letter. If they now exclude the cover letter part, then it’s best to follow instructions.

  3. Thanks so much Ms Yewande. This is really inspiring.
    Please I would like to get a CV review and also get to know more on how to answer interview questions effectively. Can you help ma’am?

  4. Hello Ms Yewande, first off I really have to thank you for your informative, educative and most of all encouraging newsletters. I was particularly delighted to read that you are a certified HR professional.I really have a passion for Human resource and would love to build a career on this path, hence i registered for a personnel management course to empower me with knowledge.Please I would really love some advice from you regarding this career path.Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Goodness,

      I would advice you start with CIPM. Register and enroll to start taking the classes. You will definitely learn the basics of practicing HR in Nigeria.

      Join a nearby chapter, go for meetings, learn from senior HR Professionals, network and getting an internship in HR won’t be difficult

  5. Hi Ms Yewande,
    I am delighted to find you out from LinkedIn. Your posts are really consuming and holistic. Newsletters bordering on SENDING UNSOLICITED FOR APPLICATIONS and HOW TO ANSWER “DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS BY AN INTERVIEWER” are really for me. The points are SHORT, CLEAR AND CONCISE. Now I know it’s beat to always send a Cover Letter along with my CV except otherwise expressly stated not to do so. I used to send Cover Letter as a document but now I know better.

    Please keep on doing fine and allow me say “thank you for a good job”.

  6. Thank you soo much mam, your write-ups are really inspiring and I have learnt alot, a whole lot. Thanks for teaching people how to become the best of themselves. I pray you also get fulfilled in your own endeavors.

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