8 things you should never include in your CV when applying to Specsavers
November 07, 2017
“We’re sorry to inform you that you have not been successful on this occasion.” The daunting words that no job seeker wants to hear. Do you ever wonder why your CV has been rejected in the application stage?
Sometimes we don’t realise that our CV is just not good enough to make it through to the interview stage. We are blinded by the true meaning of what makes a great CV and are unaware of the simplest of mistakes that we make. When it comes to decision time, those little mistakes are what cost us from being chosen.
CV’s are critical. When you apply for a position with us, your CV will act as a marketing tool that represents both yourself and the skills you can bring to a Specsavers store. How you ensure you market yourself successfully is down to your persuasive power. How do you encourage a Store Director to read on for more than 10 seconds?
Here are the 7 things you should avoid in your CV when applying for a position at Specsavers to ensure your application doesn’t end up in the rejection pile:
- CV or Resume as Main Title - Many people think they should include the words “CV” or “Resume” as the main title at the top of their CV. Do not do this. Instead, include your full name and address. Remember YOU are the brand. This makes it easier for the employer to identify who has written the CV.
- Unnecessary personal information - Whilst some personal information such as hobbies, are acceptable to include in a CV, delving deeper into interests are not. Directors do not have the time or patience to read about your social life. Make sure the information you include is relevant to the job you are applying for. It is also important that you do not include your age, gender or religion.
- Reason for leaving last job - When you include any start and end dates for a job you have had, this will draw up any gaps you have. Although, it is important to address these reasons, do not include these in your CV. If you have any negative reasons i.e made redundant, this can worry the employer and question your ability to work well. This does not leave a good first impression, and more than likely your CV will be disregarded. Instead, be prepared to explain your reasons for leaving a particular job for the interview stage. You will not be put at a disadvantage because you never explained your gaps in your CV at the application stage. Gaps can be explained more clearly in a telephone interview or face to face.
- Bad grammar and spelling - There is nothing worse than having spelling mistakes or bad grammar presented in a CV. Take your time and make sure that you proof-read your CV before you submit it to the store. Any employer will be put off by candidates that leave mistakes, and will view your CV as sloppy and careless. If you are unsure whether your grammar is correct, ask a friend or family member to check it over for you.
- Lying or misleading information - When you first write your CV, you are trying to portray yourself in the best possible way. You want to stand out against other candidates and show how you can offer value to the Store Director. This does not mean you should exaggerate your qualifications, skills and experience. Be truthful and avoid any lies. Avoid dancing around the truth, as you are likely to get caught out and lose out on the opportunity.
- A long-winded CV - Keep your CV short, precise and to the point. A great CV should be no more than 2 pages long. Directors will not consider anything more. What if you have years of experience that you need to include? The answer: don’t include it all.
- Although you may have a lot of experience to bring to the job, what you did 10 years ago will have no relevance now. Make sure you only cover your recent experiences and achievements and how this will make you a good fit for a Specsavers store. This information is what will matter most.
- Poor structure - Your CV should be viewed as formal and professional. Stick with fonts such as Times New Roman or Arial, at a readable font size like 10 or 12. Don’t make it difficult for the employer to read and understand. Keep it simple and standard.
It is also important to note that when you are talking about your achievements and work experience, you should separate these into key areas and include sub-headings. This will make key information easier to identify for you and the employer.
For further support on how to secure a new role at Specsavers, drop our in-house recruitment team a message at firstname.lastname@example.org