I see and format CV’s all day and it’s interesting to see how many small mistakes are made - so many people make the same ones! So to help you start your job search on the best footing, here are 8 mistakes for you to avoid when writing your CV...
Having a small intro at the beginning of your CV is always a plus, it gives an insight to who you are and what you have to offer. At the moment, employers are receiving high volumes of applicants and they want to get an immediate impression about a candidate. The intro is your opportunity to grab their attention.
As well as a strong introduction, don’t forget to send a covering letter. Making the effort to write a letter will make your application stand out. Harvey John MD, David Waddell explains why covering letters are important here.
You want to give relevant information, so don’t make your job descriptions too short, on the other hand you don’t want a future employer reading an essay and getting bored. Find the balance between informative and succinct.
Two pages is enough. If you haven’t impressed an employer after two pages, it is unlikely they will read more.
Include Job titles, company names, relevant qualifications, location and notice period. Your CV should contain all the information a potential employer will need. Also if relevant to the role, it is always handy to include the location of each job.
Dates and gaps
Having a clear timeline of your previous jobs and any career breaks (add a small explanation, e.g travelling, maternity/paternity break,e.t.c) is always useful. If there is a gap on your CV, people will wonder why, so take the opportunity to explain.
Not everyone includes skills, It’s good to include relevant skills both technical and general to show what you have gained in your career. If you have picked up valuable skills, make sure people know about them!
Mistakes and typos
You are judged on your CV and if there are mistakes, it doesn't bode well. Mistakes on your CV will imply that you either have a poor grasp of English or you are careless. Your CV is a very important document. Ask a friend or family member to proof read it for you.
Results not tasks
Too many applicants simply list tasks, which is not going to impress anyone. Explain why you made a difference and talk about your achievements. But don’t go too far! Wild claims and boasts can easily be spotted
Alex Louise is a member of the Operations team at Harvey John .
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