Common CV Mistakes & Solutions

1st February 2013

Your CV can be the most critical step in finding your dream job. It represents the first impression a hiring manager will experience of you. Submitting a flawed CV is the fastest way to get passed over; the quality of it can make or break your chance. Below are ten of the most common mistakes and how to tackle them.

1.) Typos and Grammar
o Proofread your CV again and again. Having a friend or colleague reading it can catch any mistakes you may have glossed over.

2.) Vagueness
o Basic character descriptions and objectives will raise questions of your suitability, so try being more descriptive in explaining your goals. Focus on the employer’s needs too, demonstrate your ability, and communicate your professional development desires.

3.) Formatting
o If your CV is poorly laid out, a hiring manager will quickly put it aside. Keep it clean and uncluttered, be concise and allow the employer to identify your experience and abilities quickly.

4.) Relevance
o Generic CVs suggest a lack of interest, so use specifics and keywords. Tailor your CV to each position you apply for.

5.) Accomplishments
o Employers are more interested in what you have achieved, rather than your actions. Don’t be general in your responsibilities, list your relevant accomplishments.

6.) Information Overload
o Emphasise your outstanding skills and accomplishments. Focus your qualifications rather than a host of irrelevant information.

7.) Contact
o Pay close attention to the contact details you include and triple-check that they are all correct.

8.) References
o Make sure you trust your referees to recommend you unconditionally. A strong reference from a previous employer is very valuable. Try to utilise your professional networking to gain a reference from an industry leader. Again, check the contact details for your referees too.

9.) Gaps in Information
o Assess your employment history and consider whether jobs you had years ago could be relevant in some way. Include transferable skills from any jobs, particularly if you are less experienced.

10.) Technical Issues
o Sending your CV as a Microsoft Word document can be dangerous, as the hiring manager may not be able to read it. Always send your CV as a PDF to avoid any potential problems.

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