Several HR departments out there must be laughing at my CV, even years after I've sent it. When you're not experienced in something you're bound to make mistakes. So why not show you mine (particularly between age 18-22) and let's learn together! Stress and not having someone to proof read your CV can be devastating and cost you a job. So listen up!
Make sure to spell correctly. Just recently I saw that I spelled institution wrong, and forgot to correct before I sent to a potential employer.
I've listed EVERY job I've ever had! And I've used THIS picture as my profile picture.
I've spelled a company name wrong, both in the header and in the personal letter!
I've used the same letter for different companies (big mistake to begin with, be original) and forgotten to change the name of the company!
I've forgotten to attach my CV, and attached other, non relevant documents, once my homework.
That is about all I can come up with. Simple but horrible mistakes. One at the time are bad enough, I've once managed to make them ALL in one CV. Now that is an accomplishment!
So it's ok to make mistakes. But you can avoid all of these if
1) You ask a friend to take a professional picture.
2) Ask someone to proof read your cover letter and CV.
3) Don't be be afraid to correct an error and resend your CV, it shows that you're willing to correct your mistakes.
I have seen several of my friends on linkedin have written a post about what they would write if they had to sum their CV on a pizza carton because they were homeless. The ultimate selling exercise. I saw so many inspiring tings, so much creativity. I quickly realized I wouldn't know what to write. I am horrible at selling my persona, I have spent the past 10 years in academia, pushing forth what I do, not who I am, which in the sum of things is equally important! I could only come up with one thing to write.
This is basically my response. I would just use my skill in psychology to read what people wanted to hear,and then tell them. an elaborate story for a small amount of money. Another post was about doing the same in 140 characters or less on Twitter i.e. summing up ones CV as short as possible. This is what I would write.
So basically I fail on these tasks, and really need to work on selling my persona, being clear and concise on who I am. In the meanwhile, I will (as shown above) find ways to survive.
If you are a modern and competitive company, you want to have the best people working for you. These people are of abundance, but your company will lose them, and any chance of attracting them, if you act like this..
1) HIRE INTERNALLY BUT PLACE ADS ANYWAY
To start off with, it is great to hire within the company. Use the resources well. But if you decide to place an ad out for outsiders, fully knowing that is a hoax ad (i.e. your grant money or some bureaucrat decided it) you are wasting an applicants time. Great people are trying to get inside you company all the time, and if they realize these "hoax ads" are a practice in your company, they will stop trusting you, and worst of all stop applying
2) NO MORE THAN 2 WEEKS FROM DEADLINE TO INTERVIEW
Great people are in demand, So if you've written that the ad to a position expires on May 1st, getting back to applicants and asking for interviews in August is a sure way to lose them to another more progressive company.
3) ALWAYS, AND I MEAN ALWAYS, GET BACK TO THE APPLICANTS
How ever dodgy the CV, always have a practice of getting back to applicants and letting them know if you've decided to move on with their application or not. Even candidates who are not suitable for the position, may be excellent for other tasks. Letting them put time and effort on cover letters, researching your company and being active applying but not having the respect enough to let them know if they should move on, will guarantee that they will not consider you again. .
4) MAKE SURE YOUR HOME PAGE WORKS
I can't stress this fact enough. Your digital presence is of upmost importance to competitive and innovative applicants.
5) CALL IT WHAT IT IS
Don't make up fancy names and positions, just call it what it is. Good applicants want to be a part of your company culture, and to do things they are skilled at. You are just confusing applicants by naming a data analyst a "head of (insert something important adding the word research and portfolio and end with project management)" or something silly as such.