Six Most Common Mistakes on CV

Six Most Common Mistakes on CV

Your CV ,curriculum vitae is the first impression an employer or recruiter will have of you as such, it needs to be perfect if you want a fighting chance for the job you’re applying for.

Hiring managers look for the perfect candidate. They won’t settle for anything less.

A CV containing even the tiniest error, may indicate a lack of attention to detail and professionalism and it will most likely put employers off your application.

However, no matter how carefully you look over your CV, a mistake is easily made. So what should you pay attention to? To help you, I have compiled most common CV mistakes:

1) Spelling and grammatical errors: Spelling and grammatical mistakes makes your CV look sloppy. They show that you didn’t care enough to check your CV before sending it off.

Don’t rely on spellcheck alone. Spellcheck will catch misspellings, but will often miss correctly spelled words that have been used in the wrong context.

Your best bet is to get a fresh pair of eyes to look over your CV. Ask a trusted friend, colleague or family member who may spot any errors you may have missed. Ask them to pay special attention to capitalisation and tense consistency.

2) Poor Formatting: On average, a recruiter spends no more than 6-8 seconds reading a CV. If your CV doesn’t catch their attention in these brief seconds, they’re simply going to skip over it and move on to the next candidate.

So, it’s very important to format your CV well so that the recruiter can find the information they’re looking for fast and easily.

3) Making your CV Too Long: Your CV should be a short and concise document tailored to the job you’re applying for. So, aim for 1-2 pages max.

Only mention the work experiences that are relevant to the role you’re applying for. The recruiter doesn't care about your experience as an accountant, for example, if you’re applying for a marketing role.

4) A generic CV (Not Tailoring Your CV to the Specific Job Role): Each job description has a different set of requirements and criteria, therefore, your CV needs to be tailored to each individual vacancy.

If your CV doesn’t make it clear why you’re a suitable candidate for the specific job you applied for, then it’s not doing its job. It’s worth taking the time to go through the job description as well as visiting the company’s website to get a feel for the kind of person they’re looking for.

5) Focusing on duties instead of achievements: Hiring managers don’t care about your day-to-day activities in your past jobs. What they do care about is what you achieved in your various activities.

6) Lying on your CV: No matter how badly you want the job, it’s never okay to lie on your CV. Whether it’s exaggerating your qualifications, embellishing employment dates or completely fabricating a position you’ve never held.

The truth has a habit of coming out in the end, and your integrity and credibility are at risk, as is your job if you manage to successfully lie your way to employment.

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