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World – CV expectations around the globe

04 November 2013

CV expectations may vary from country to country, but there are some things hiring managers everywhere agree on: a bad CV is not going to get you the job. In a recent survey of more than 5,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals in countries with the largest gross domestic product, CareerBuilder asked employers what would cause them to immediately dismiss a CV from contention.

Job seekers around the globe need to pay particularly close attention to the following six concerns of employers, when they are submitting a CV for employment:

Spell-Check - submitting a CV with a typo is the biggest annoyance to hiring managers in France, with 68% of them saying they’d immediately dismiss a CV with typos, more than any other country. Brazil was second, with 67% saying they’d automatically pass on a CV with typos, followed by

  • Italy (65%)
  • US (58%)
  • China (56%)
  • Germany (52%)
  • Russia (49%)
  • UK (47%)
  • Japan (34%)
  • India (28%)

Don’t Mass-Produce - personalising your CV to the position you’re applying to is especially important in China, where 71% of hiring managers stated that they would ignore CVs that seemed generic. In India 45% of employers said the same, along with:

  • UK (42%)
  • Italy (39%)
  • France (39%)
  • Germany (39%)
  • Brazil (38%)
  • US (37%)
  • Russia (35%)
  • Japan (31%)

Use Your Own Words -- employers in China are the most annoyed by CVs that copy a large amount of wording from the job posting, with 65% of Chinese employers automatically dismissing such CVs. China is followed by

  • Brazil (54%)
  • Russia (48%)
  • India (42%)
  • Italy (41%)
  • Japan (41%)
  • UK (40%)
  • US (32%)
  • Germany (24%)
  • France (23%)

Highlight Your Skills -- including a list of skills in a CV is most important when applying to positions in India, where 56% of employers would immediately dismiss CVs lacking a list of skills. Similarly, 55% of employers in Russia say they would reject CVs without a list of skills, followed by

  • Germany (44%)
  • UK (40%)
  • Italy (37%)
  • China (36%)
  • US (35%)
  • Brazil (32%)
  • France (29%)
  • Japan (7%)

Keep it Professional -- inappropriate email addresses are grounds for immediately rejecting a CV according to 38% of employers in Brazil and 36% of employers in China. India is third with 33% of hiring managers dismissing resumes with inappropriate email addresses, followed by

  • US (31%)
  • UK (24%)
  • France (24%)
  • Germany (22%)
  • Russia (20%)
  • Japan (16%)
  • Italy (14%)

Don’t Forget the Cover letter -- employers, particularly in Germany, where 39% of hiring managers won’t consider an application that doesn’t include a cover letter, often dismiss CVs that are submitted without cover letters.

  • France (30%)
  • UK (24%)
  • India (20%)
  • US (13%)
  • Brazil (9%)
  • China (9%)
  • Italy (8%)
  • Japan (6%)
  • Russia (3%)

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