We are very proud of our own Resume, in fact quite possessive about it, after all it’s our own career saga and we do not want to adulterate by somebody else’s so called valuable suggestion .But after sometime when the honeymoon with the Resume gets over we realize that strange no interview calls, there must be something wrong with the CV.
Beside many other mistakes in resume the most unacceptable & underrated fault we commit is designing self Centered CV. which becomes disastrous for further career elevation even for high potential candidates.
Locations where we show our self centered attitude in CV:
- Focusing on a Positive Personality
Many people look through adjective lists for resume writing in order to market themselves as great potential co-workers. You want to make sure that you showcase that you have a great positive personality as well as the skills required to excel at your job. Consider that each adjective you use is a chance to show a relationship that you have a great outlook on life, and that you are an optimistic team member, not just a pessimistic follower or a self-centered leader.
- A resume isn’t a memoir
You don’t know how to write a resume because you don’t know how to read one, there lies the thin difference.
According to one HR Manager; I’ve perused hundreds of resumes. You know what I looked for? Very little.
A resume is supposed to hit your highlights, not tell your life story.
So you’ll have plenty of time and opportunity to impress me with how well-rounded you are. But trying to do so too soon tells me a couple things you don’t want me to know…
- It’s about creating VALUE.
One of the biggest and “most popular” mistakes job seekers make in the Cover Letter is to recite that already expressed on the Resume/CV. This is not a productive technique for a job candidate. To a prospective employer, the Cover Letter should illustrate how one would create added VALUE to the company if given the position.
First, tailor the Cover Letter for a “specific” job position (Never use a “standard format” or template where you only switch names, dates and addresses). A good Cover Letter will make an applicant’s skills and the job description parallel to one another. This is the VALUE element.
The employer should realize an instant contribution from the applicant after reading the Cover Letter. There must be an immediate connection between the following: applicant, specific job position, employer.
The Cover Letter should not address an applicant’s desire for change in environment or need for added experience. Both will come across to an employer as being self-centered.
- The Objective Statement: (No Longer Necessary)
“The profile should support your career target; yet unlike an objective, it should identify with the employer’s needs rather than your wants.”
The Objective Statement is now looked upon as outdated. The Objective Statement of most job-seekers are very self-centered with no employer focus. The statement usually describes the candidate’s future goals and aspirations. They do not convey how the candidate will fill the needs of the employer, where such need are conveyed through the description in the job posting.
Employment candidates should instead use a Profile or Statement of Goals (both relative to the current position) in lieu of the Objective Statement. Either option should be job-focused, displaying how current skills and previous experiences will bring value to the employer. The Profile or Statement of Goals should not include a candidates future aspirations or need for “other opportunities.” This can come across as a sign of instability as well.
Remember, every part of the resume should somehow focus on the employer’s needs and not the individual goals of the candidate.
The personal statement is the “selfish” document, listing what YOU want to accomplish. The resume should be used for the needs of the employer.
- Sound Confident, but not too self-centered
Next hint deals with the tone of the written narration. You should sound Confident, but not too self-centered. Resume is your chance to show all the ‘prizes and trophies’ acquired in professional life. If you are shy to speak about your accomplishments, get some family members or friends to assist in listing your positive traces. On the other hand, you shouldn’t be so self-assured as to presume that an employer must make his own conclusions about your talents just from a simple mentioning of your high university degree. Remember that a diploma of a well-known university, being of course a nice bonus, doesn’t reveal any of your professional skills.
- Put yourself in perspective
“Seeking challenging sales position with an innovative employer where I can utilize my creativity and strong interpersonal skills.”
What are the chances that a statement like that will impress employers? Boring, self-centered objectives just help you blend into the crowd with thousands of other job-seekers.
Off course it is your CV, about you, written by you but not for you.