Making a mistake on your CV could be the difference between being offered a position or being offered another rejection letter.
Do not worry even the most experience job hunter make mistakes on their CV’s. As long as you spot the errors before you send out your CV there is nothing to worry about. We have created a list of a few common CV mistakes and ones that you should definitely avoid.
Not double checking your CV
This is the biggest culprit in CV mistakes, not spending enough time double-checking even triple checking your CV. By simply checking that the spelling and grammar of your CV is correct is not enough, you could have made a mistake typing your telephone number or email address. When checking your CV we recommend by checking:
- Contact details are all correct
- Your employment dates and descriptions are correct
- Your previous employers details are correct
- Your skills and competencies are correct
- Your referees details (if included) are correct
Poorly formatted CV’s
This is probably the most common mistake, having a unattractive poorly formatted CV can lead to your CV not even being looked at. What you need to understand is that your CV should be consistent and you need to know where to put the vital information that employers and recruiters look for immediately. Some things to consider when formatting your CV:
- One font type should be adopted
- Headings should be a larger and bold font size
- Avoid blocks of texts, no one has time to read them, use bullet points
- Do not underline any text; bold fonts should be used instead.
- Italics are fine but only in moderation
Remember, your eye is always drawn to the left hand side, as we read from left to right, so the most important information in your CV should be on the left. For example your past employment history is normally deemed the most important and therefore should be position on the left hand side of the page.
Unprofessional email address
Hiding the most important information
So you now understand what is required when formatting your CV, but make sure you do not hid the most important information within your CV. We understand that space is at a premium on your CV, ideally it should not be any longer then two A4 pages, and one page would be great. People want to know what you have done, where you have done it and how long for, so make this information easy to find, clear and concise. Every CV should be tailored for the job you are applying for, that way you can add in specific CV buzzwords and mention qualities about yourself that are relevant to the job role.
Remember you CV should be clear, simple, concise and easily show the most important and relevant information.
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