CV Do's and Don'ts

17 Mar 2022


Your CV is your first chance to impress recruiters. A high-quality resume will greatly increase your chances of getting an interview. However, make sure your CV is qualified and professional before applying jo to the company. Make sure your resume meets the expectations of recruiters/employers. That's why writing a good CV is very essential!

Having a well-written and professional-looking CV for the job you are applying for will greatly increase your chances of getting an interview.


  1. Keep it to 2 pages
    We are concerned that there are very few exceptions to this rule. Maybe if you are an executive with 30 years of experience, you can see three pages, but it should be two pages for everyone. There are many different types of resume formats, but they all follow the same formula. It should be relatively easy to stick to two pages; especially if you remove the waffles!
  2. Match your CV to position
    Recruiters are often very experienced and can spot a generic CV at a glance, even while they're browsing through applications. Instead of trying to showcase all of your skills and accomplishments, focus on selecting the skills and experiences that best match the position you're applying for. It allows you to develop these attributes and shows how you would be a good addition to the team.
  3. Choose the Right CV Type
    Everyone has different backgrounds and experiences, so a traditional chronological resume isn't for everyone. In fact, there are three most commonly used resume types.
    • Chronological CV: This is the most widely used format by far and describes your work experience and education. This is the best option if you are intending to work in the same industry and do not have a gap in your work history.
    • Functional CV: Also known as a “Skill Base”, this CV emphasizes your achievements and skills rather than your experience and education. This is a good option if you have a gap in your career, are considering a career change, or are just starting to work in the workplace.
    • Combination CV: This format is a mix of functional and chronological resumes. He uses both his work experience and skills to get his employer's attention.
  4. Follow the Correct CV Format:
    • Personal informations– include: your name, address and contact informations
    • Personal statement – a well written a personal statement, will help you stand out from the crowd.
    • Education – provide details of your degree, relevant training and professional accreditation.
    • Work Experiences– list your work history in chronological order, include: dates, job title, duties and responsibilities.
    • Skills – list relevant skills that you have not  mentioned yet
    • Achievements

    However, this CV structure is not necessarily certain. You need to maximize the impact of your application, which can lead to layout changes. For example, you may want to highlight your experience, which means putting work history above education.

  5. Choose the Right Font
    Times New Roman is one of the most widely used fonts, but you will find Cambria or Calibri to be better options for digital uses. The ideal font size is 11; Remember that the hiring manager will scan your CV, so it should be nice and easy to read.
  6. Keep it Neat and Tidy
    Have someone check your resume for spelling and grammar mistakes, and make sure there are enough spaces. If a hiring manager sees a squashed resume, they won't even read it! Each section should be clearly outlined, and it is also a good idea to use good quality white or cream paper when mailing a resume.
  7. Support Claims with Specifics
    Simply saying it "helped reduce overhead" doesn't increase your chances of getting an interview. Employers want details, so add data to support your claims. A good example would be “I helped reduce the company’s annual overheads from IDR 5-10M a year within 12 months of taking up the role.”
  8. Add Powerful Words
    Add words such as: achievedsupervisedlaunched and co-ordinated, when describing your work achievements.
  9. Add Details of Professional Qualifications
    If you've completed a course and received a grade relevant to the job posting, be sure to include it. This little extra experience could be the difference between getting an interview and being disappointed. However, you shouldn't include details of minor courses that offer non-job-related qualifications.


  1. Including Irrelevant Personal Information
    You don't need to include your nationality and you certainly don't need to include your age. While employers are legally not allowed to reject your application based on your age alone, you will never know if that is the reason why they turned you down. Other unnecessary data includes ethnicity, sexual orientation, health status and marital status. Finally, never include a photo in your CV; unless you're applying for a modeling contract!u don’t need to include your nationality and you definitely don’t need to mention your age. Although employers aren’t legally allowed to dismiss your application based solely on how old you are, you’ll never know if that’s the reason they rejected you. Other needless data includes ethnicity, sexual orientation, health status and marital status. Finally, never include a photo with your CV; unless you’re applying for a modelling contract!
  2. Tell a Lie
    Even including so-called "white lies" is a big mistake. Hiring managers are more careful than ever when conducting background checks. If you are deemed a suitable candidate, you will likely undergo a thorough evaluation and expose your deception. Even if you do get the job, there is a great chance that at some point the lie will come back and haunt you. Worst of all, lying is unlikely to be the reason you got the interview or job in the first place.
  3. Forget to Include a Cover Letter
    You must attach a cover letter to your CV, whether it is specified or not. This is the perfect way to strengthen your cover letter as it allows you to expand on some of the things covered in your CV. However, it should NOT be just a CV in paragraph form.
  4. Include Unnecessary References
    There's no need to include references or even say "references available upon request" unless the job posting says so. You only have limited space to manage, so why waste it on things you don't even need?
  5. Type or Handwrite Your CV
    Needless to say! It makes your CV look old and outdated. Also, the hiring manager may not be able to read your handwriting.
  6. Add Fluff
    Worried that your CV won’t even reach two pages? First of all, you should be able to expand on your relevant skills, education and experience and when this is achieved, you will probably be close to the limit. If not, don’t include fluff such as a long list of schools you attended or hobbies you enjoy. If it doesn’t help you get the job, leave it out!
  7. Explain Gaps in Work History
    First of all, there won’t be enough space! In fact, you shouldn’t even try to explain work history gaps in your cover letter. The time and place for such explanations is during the interview.
  8. Add Negative Information
    This means not to mention divorces, failed exams, driver's license grades, and failed startup attempts. Also, don't complain about your former employer or even give your reason for leaving. You will face stiff competition for the job, don't give the hiring manager a reason to turn down your job application.
  9. Include Jargon Unless Necessary
    Adding technical terms and abbreviations to your CV is not a good idea. While this may prove your experience, it's important to remember that in this case, the hiring manager may not be an expert in the field and won't understand what you're talking about.
  10. Mention Money
    Any mention of salaries and benefits can only wait until the interview stage and when recruiters ask you this question
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