Do you know you might get rejected even before facing the interview?

The right CV, Your vehicle to dream job

A great CV shows your reflection as a future employee. This document has the immense power to give that very first impression which you could not make second time. Therefore, take some time aside and prepare it with care. How you compose your CV determines if it’s going to be read further or will go into trash.

There are important factors which could make or break your CV in front of employer. Let’s discuss a few common mistakes which might ruin your chances even before you face the interview.

Sending outdated CV:

Its one of the biggest mistake to send an old CV for the job you are applying at present. Employer would not find you sincere if you did this silly sin.

Update it with recent contact number and relevant work experience. You can also modify your CV according to the nature of job you are applying for. It would fetch some extra advantage for being shortlisted.

Length of CV:

This one is the certain factor which can get your CV rejected. Your employer has some really important work to do so don`t expect them to read you 5-6 pages long CV.  You have to decide what skills and experience you would communicate to your employer. 

Include key elements which represents your strength and skills that you can contribute. Our suggestion is to never go beyond 3 pages while we think 2 pages prove to be more concise and professional.

Pasting Photograph: 

Many candidates attach their photos on CV but its not required. It creates unnecessary biases at times for which they may not get selected. Avoid doing it unless you are asked for your photo. If needed, provide one wearing formal attire always.

In-appropriate Email Id:

Statistics say that more than 70% CV gets rejected or attract negative comments for using improper E-mail id which lacks decency and maturity.

Don’t use Id like coolsunny@ or cutelovebird@, create one which has your first name at least and sounds formal. It’s fine if you add some number or a word which looks professional.

Longer objective:

The objective that you include in your CV should be practical, precise and believable. Avoid using lofty words and phrases. Be honest and craft your objective based on who you are. Its advisable to limit your objective within two lines. Your objective will ultimately be the contribution to the organizational objective. So carve it in your heart in golden letter.


In title just mention your full name instead of writing CV or resume. When you are attaching your CV through mail, rename the file with your full name. That way it would be easier for employer to search and find you in their database.

Not listing your Key performing areas: 

While writing your job description, do highlight the areas or modules you handled in any domain. It would help employer to evaluate you properly based on your experience. Don`t drag your previous job descriptions long unnecessarily.

Informal structure:

The template that you are using for your CV should look professional and organized having proper heading of sections and flow. You can start with your work experience, education, followed by other information.

If you are a fresher you can start with academics followed by skill set and achievements. Dont write any typical strength or weakness on CV. Let them ask in the interview.

Try using either Black or Blue as your font colour against white background. Don’t dabble with colours or designs unless you are applying to a creative field where it might have some benefit.

Spelling and Grammar mistake:

This should be avoided by all means as it shows a lot about you and your aptitude of communication. Check twice, thrice if needed but don’t put any wrong word or sentence for which you would miss landing the job.

Showing-off Achievements:

Don’t scribble anything and everything as your achievements. It won’t serve any purpose for sure. Rather, highlight things which proved your leadership, ability and additional responsibility as a candidate.

Frequency of jobs change:

You should not mention experiences where you worked for couple of months and then disappeared. Employer might consider you as a job hopper and would reject your CV for this reason alone.

Writing Expected Salary:

It would not be wise to include your desired remuneration on your CV. After you give the interview and get selected, they will ask about it. Wait for the right time!

You never know whether the salary you quoted on your CV was higher or lower than the amount your employer was willing to pay. You might miss the salary you deserve or might miss the job for your over expectation.

Folded/Torn/photocopied CV:

Avoid folding CV, Dont photocopy old one, print a new before interview if possible. And you are set to go!

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We hope it helps you to figure out what not to put on your perfect CV. Let us know your feedback and don’t hesitate to ask any questions. We would love to answer all of your queries!

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