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What do employers really think about certain parts of your CV?

There is a lot of confusion about certain areas of the CV of which employers turn their nose upon, so we want to shed some light on 3 hot topics, just give some clarity on the issues.

Your CV can really tell an employer about what sort of person you are. Considering it is the first real point of contact that a candidate has with an employer, you can be judged and dismissed before you even get the chance to say a word. This makes the CV so important when coming to applying for jobs. One thing we would first like to advocate for is individual CV’s for each job you are applying for. Having a generic CV is good for when you are 16 looking for a part time job so you fling your CV about the local shopping centre hoping you get a call back from anyone. However, when applying for a job which the aim is for it to be a long-term career path, you must tailor the CV for that particular role. If you are applying for a junior banking role, the employer is likely not going to care that you received a silver award in the Duke of Edinburgh chase. You see what we mean? However, if you are applying for a Geography teaching role, that is applicable.

Now there is a lot of confusion about certain areas of the CV of which employers turn their nose upon, so we want to shed some light on 3 hot topics, just give some clarity on the issues.


This is really a hot topic among the 18-24 age group recently with a high percentage of young adults opting to take a year abroad travelling, whether it’s before university or after. We all have that friend on Instagram who is currently travelling South east Asia. You know, the Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia cycle and sometimes even Bali if the purse strings aren’t pulled to tight. After that it’s the Australia and New Zealand east cost travel. It all looks amazing on Instagram but the cynics among us will be thinking “they will struggle to get a job when they get back, employers don’t like that”. But is that true? Well according to a poll constructed by Reviewedo, asking 50 managers at firms with graduate schemes, there is no stigma attached to travellers if the period out of work and travelling was only for a year maximum. In fact, a lot of firms actually welcomed a period of travel.

More than 1 job change in a year

Two jobs or more in a year can either show the candidate is indecisive and doesn’t know what he/she wants or on the flip-side, it can show the candidate is forever searching for a challenging and fitting role- not willing to settle for less. Regardless, we can confirm that more than 1 job move in a year does ring alarm bells for bosses. To them they think of the worst-case scenario and that would be hiring a candidate, spending time/money training them up and then two months into the job- a notice to be handed in. Therefore, it is so important that before a job offer is accepted, you need to make sure the role and the company is right for you!

2:1 / 2:2

Funnily enough, we saw a post on LinkedIn the other day, from a CEO of a small tech stat up, berating 2:2 candidates for coming into the interviews highlighting the fact they were 2% off a 2:1. It was something along the lines off... “Instead of coming in and telling me you were 2% off a 2:1, I would prefer if he entered the interview and was completely honest letting me know he was miles off a 2:1 but is willing to work his arse off to make sure it doesn’t make a difference. Honest is so key with staff”. This post was gratefully received on LinkedIn with thousands of “likes”. This is how the corporate world is moving! Be honest, be yourself and let them hire you for you. People, in general, make decisions off two factors, logic and emotion. The grades of course are used as a filter but if you are face to face in an interview appeal to emotion (honesty) rather than logic (your grades) and you will prevail!

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