Weakness in your CV

Some employers actively look for reasons not to employ you. It is easier to find flaws in a person and decide which candidates have the least, rather than compare their skills and achievements. This is why it is important to show them only weaknesses you want them to see.

In CV writing, it is important to understand what will be considered to be a weakness in the job you are applying for. One job's weakness is another job's strength. A weakness, or a perceived weakness by a recruiter can have a huge impact on your chance to be contacted for an interview.

General CV weaknesses

  • No leadership skills or managerial experience
  • Missing skills, knowledge and/or experience
  • Patchy career history
  • Employment gaps
  • Many employers
  • Having worked for only one employer

It's important that you understand what your weaknesses are. You will be questioned during the interview about anything unclear in your CV and should be prepared for such questions. Balance your weaknesses with achievements.

If there is a clear lack of balance between the job requirements and your skills and experience, you will not be offered the job. One should then investigate how to bridge the gap. If education is an issue then a course or formal qualification could help you compete with the other candidates.

Hiding weaknesses in a CV

Make sure that you have common weaknesses or, even better, turn your weaknesses into strengths.

  • Switch something from a weakness to strength.
  • Highlight other skills that make up for the weakness

For example:

  • If you never went to a university, you need to emphasize your job experience.
  • If you are new to the field of work, try to show your qualifications and related hobbies
  • If you have worked for small companies, you could, for example, try to highlight the benefits of having to solve a lot of problems on your own with tight budgets

Have a friend or yourself look at weaknesses in your career through your CV. Which points would potential employers be likely to question you about?

Once you prepare answers to common questions you're able to start tackling the more difficult parts of your interview and tune your CV accordingly.