Are You Making It Easy For Employers To Reject Your CV?

Your CV is your personal marketing document.  A good CV gets you interviews.  A poor CV gets rejected.

Conceptually you might understand this.  On the other hand are you making it easy to reject your CV?


As many as 70% of CV's are rejected before ever being reviewed by a human being!

Are you making it easy for employers to reject your CV?

  • Your CV is too long
  • Your CV is too generic
  • Your CV contains basic errors

So how can you increase your chances of getting the interview invite when you submit your CV?

1. Aim for 2 to 3 pages max 

Yes you might have had a long and successful career.  On the other hand no employer is going to read pages and pages of information.

Aim for 2 or 3 pages max.

2.Tailor your CV for each role

One CV will not fit for every opportunity.  It's vital to tailor your CV to focus on what the employer is looking for.

3. Run a spelling and grammar check

Most word processing packages have this built in.  

You could also use the Hemingway App

Getting through the CV filtering process can be challenging.  At the same time there are some simple things you can do to increase your chances of success.

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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