Unser Vereinsmitglied Alex Berghofen, der eine Recruiting-Boutique für "Executive Search" in Asien leitet, hat einen Artikel veröffentlicht, wie man seinen Lebenslauf verbessern kann. Diese Leseempfehlung ist nur in Englisch verfügbar.

Reading tip how to avoid typical CV errors

Alex recently published two LinkedIn posts about common resume mistakes he has seen after reviewing> 10,000 resumes. These common mistakes have been summarized in an article published by the leading career website eFinancialCareers here.
Alex is Asia's No.1 headhunter for Chief Strategy Officers, Heads of Strategy, Heads of Digital Transformation roles (Director and above) and any C-Suite roles where top-tier consulting background is critical. He runs Asia's only executive search firm dedicated exclusively to finding Management Consulting Talent.
He has lived in Asia for more than 15 years (China, Hong Kong and Singapore) and has worked also in Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.

An extensive collection of valuable tips & tricks

  • Not customized.
  • Not enough numbers/ results.
  • Bad formatting/ hard to read.

  • Too much continuous text. Use bullet points instead.

  • Too many boxes, frames and lines. There should be none, especially no boxes shaded in grey.
  • Excessive use of bold, underlining, italic.

  • Not enough white space. White space is easy on the eyes and makes the resume less cluttered. It also makes your resume look organised.

  • Font size too small. The minimum should be 10 (11 is better).
  • A weird font. Stick with common fonts that display well everywhere.
  • Too long or too short. Two pages should be the maximum unless you have 20+ years of experience.

  • No summary: most people do not read the whole CV.

  • Too many acronyms.
  • Too much continuous text: use bullet points instead.

  • Family name not CAPITALIZED.

  • Title missing or misleading.
  • Location missing or misleading.
  • No link to your LinkedIn profile. Make it easy for your interviewer to look you up online (especially if your name is common).

  • No info on your employers. There are millions of companies, how can you assume that the reader knows all of them? Even if it’s a firm that the reader has heard of, where in this giant corporation were you?

  • No reason for leaving is given. A reader will always jump to negative conclusions. They will assume that you got fired, unless you explain otherwise. This is unusual but try it.

  • No language section & interests.

  • YYYY date format is terrible: e.g., a job from 2017-2018: you could’ve been at this company for two months, or 24 months. Makes a big difference. Use MM/YY date format instead.

  • Not mentioning the exact size of the team reporting to you, and not mentioning your reporting line.

  • Not explicitly mentioning your promotions. No, you were not at that company for six years as principal. You probably joined as an associate, then got promoted. Spell it out, show your progression.

  • Not using action verbs. Action verbs (e.g., drove, executed, sold) are better than nouns.

Link to Alex's profile here on our webpage
Link to Alex's LinkedIn profile

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