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What you should and should not include on your CV

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is something that is required almost everywhere when a person is applying for a job. We are all so obsessed with filling it with many things that sometimes reduces our chances of getting employed instead of increasing them.

We have to keep in mind that a CV is a market place where employers will pick the one with all qualifications they are asking for.

Employers are getting more and more interested in the portfolio of the people they are hiring, but it that does not mean that a good CV won’t be the reason you get in the doors of the company you are looking to be employed by. Below are main things to be given much attention:

Information should be relevant

Your previous job experiences should be relevant with the job you are applying for.
Some people have had the opportunity to work in different fields, and have various titles.

Unfortunately, those opportunities do not build up the experience, sometimes, that an individual needs to do the job they are applying for.
Adding experiences or skills that will in no way be useful in the job you are applying for, only makes your CV look fuller.

Communal growth over personal growth

A person who knows how to work in a team, goes through self-analysis, because working with others will challenge a person physically, mentally, even emotionally.
It becomes a mirror for a person to see their strengths and weaknesses, problems are solved quicker and each person gets to realize what they are better at than others, and it develops the different skills of employees.
According to Dawson Rubanzacumu, the Founder and Managing Director of Veggie Fresh Ltd, when it comes to CVs, they are interested in finding out if a person is willing to only grow personally or with the team.
Rubanzacumu explains that personal growth is something that we all need in different aspects of our lives, and encourages people to consider that need for growth in a team as well.

Job hopping

Once the employers notice this pattern of moving from one job to another, they consider you as a ‘flight-risk’.
It makes no sense to hire someone who will leave the next day.
It is important that you add an honest and plausible reason explaining why you did not stay longer, especially if the job you had was supposed to be long term.
According to Brenda Keza, a Human Resources Manager, changing workplaces within a small period shows a lack of reliability in a person.

Add some emotion to it

As perfect as your CV might be, it is good to make sure that there is an emotional aspect to it, something that will tug on the hearts of the people who are going to receive it.
This does not have to be tragic, you do not have to wait until someone dies or hope for something unfortunate to happen.
It can be something for a simple reason, something that pushed to do what you do, what motivated you.
It can be your end goal or what you hope to achieve if you get the job.
Keza encourages people to emphasize their love not only for what they do but also where they are going to work.

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