Emmanuel Leslie Addae is the Co-Founder/CEO of Talents In Africa and Africa Skills Hub. He’s also an experienced recruiter who recruits for roles ranging from entry level to top managerial positions. According to Emmanuel, having certain mistakes on your CV is equivalent to shooting yourself in the foot. Making them means that you are inadvertently lowering your chances of landing the position.
This week on Let’s Get You Hired, we take tips from an HR Expert. That is, someone who has over four years of experience on the recruitment space, and who has insights that you might otherwise remain unaware of.
First Tip: Get Grammarly
Grammatical errors on your CV can greatly affect your chances of landing a role. It affects a hiring manager’s opinion of you. So, if you have Grammarly on your phone or on your computer, you can eliminate these type of errors completely.
Emmanuel uses a past experience to explain how big of an issue spelling mistakes on your CV are. He had a connection to a company in the UK that was looking to hire an accountant. And Emmanuel knew someone who he believed had all the right skills for the job. However, upon forwarding the person’s CV, a typo in his current job CV got him disqualified from the role.
Another tip from Emmanuel is to send your CV to your friends and people you trust to go through for you. You need to do this because recruiters themselves have Grammarly and other applications that will call their attention to errors as soon as they’ve opened a document.
Clear Fonts, Consistent Layout And Simplicity
In an attempt to keep their CVs under the recommended two-page limit, some candidates end up reducing the font that they use in order to be able to put more in the same space. According to Lesley, recruiters are going through a lot of CVs to fill a single position. The last thing that they need is for you to use a font or font size that isn’t legible. You don’t want to make your CV harder to read.
You also need to be consistent with your CVs layout and formatting. All main headings in your CV should have one style, and subheadings should also have one style throughout the CV. Your formatting needs to be consistent. In addition to that, don’t cram your CV with gimmicky graphics. It’s good to want your CV to stand out, but in the words of Emmanuel Leslie Addae, “Recruiters don’t have time for all that.” Beauty and colours can’t get you the job.
Finally, you don’t want to have pictures on your CV. It’s a trend that Emmanuel feels is irrelevant: there’s really no reason to have your picture on your CV.
Your Contact Information Section
The details that you should have for your contact information section of your CV are:
- Your Full Name
- Your Professional Title
- Your Email Address
- Your Phone Number
- Your LinkedIn Profile
- Your Home Address
Conversely, there are also some personal details that you want to keep off your CV. There’s no need to include whether or not you’re married or what religion you belong to. And although it’s not technically personal information, you also don’t want to put your references on your CV.
We wrap up the article with a bonus tip from Emmanuel: you need to put effort into the email that you’re going to attach your CV to. It’s terrible practice to attach your CV to an empty email.
Let’s Get You Hired is a weekly manual for job seekers. The series contains guides and tips on CVs, Interviews and other resources to get you hired.
Source: Africa Skills Hub; Emmanuel Leslie Addae