Have you fallen into the trap of sending the same CV and cover letter for each job you see advertised?
Find out why should you NEVER send the same CV twice and boost your chances of application success.
1. Instant rejection
Employers can spot a CV that is used over again and over again and are often less than impressed. It is surprising how often a candidate fails to update basic information such as the name and contact details of the employer. Worse still are CV’s and cover letters that are tailored to one type of job but are used in relation to another. For example, an applicant might say how much they have dreamed about becoming an accountant and that this is there life-long ambition – that is great but if they are applying for a role as a sales assistant then it is not going to impress the employer.
2. Fails to demonstrate your suitability
Many employers use a scoring system to grade applications. Applicants score points when they meet one of the requirements stipulated in the job advertisement. Applicants with the most points are then invited to interview and those with the fewest points are rejected. If you just send the same CV and cover letter without demonstrating how you meet the requirements listed in the job advertisement then you are just relying on luck. By failing to alter your CV and cover letter you will miss out on a lot of points and a lot of interviews.
3. Latest skills, experiences and achievements
As the saying goes – you learn something new every day. By sending the same CV and cover letter each time you could be failing to include information on your latest skills and experience. Ensure that you keep an up to date log of all your new skills, experience and achievements. You can then refer to this log when drafting applications. This will help you to ensure that you include all your relevant and latest skills, experiences and achievements.
4. Lack of effort
Most employers like to see that some effort has gone into an application. A person who puts effort into their application is more likely to be the type of person who puts effort into their work. Similarly, a person who cuts corners and just sends the same CV and cover letter as they always do might come across as the type of person who will cut corners at work. Always ensure that you do some research before applying and make it clear what interests you about each particular role and organisation.
5. Wrong contact information
If you are sending out the same CV it could be that you contact details have changed so even if your CV got shortlisted the employer would not be able to contact you. You should therefore always ensure that you check your contact details are up to date before submitting each CV and cover letter.
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