8 Common CV Mistakes that you Need to Avoid

It’s surprisingly easy to make simple mistakes on your CV but once you’ve sent it off to an employer the damage is irreversible. We receive 100s of CVs every week and seem to constantly come across the same mistakes, some minor and some downright awkward.

The good news is that it is very easy to avoid these mistakes and common errors.

1. Spelling and grammar

This is the most common mistake that we see on CVs and it’s also one of the easiest to avoid. Even if writing isn’t necessarily a key skill in the role that you are applying for, incorrect spelling and grammar in your CV betrays a poor attention to detail and suggests that you don’t care that much about the opportunity. Don’t just rely on a computer spell-checker, get someone else to thoroughly read your CV to spot any mistakes that you might have missed.

2. Long sentences that say nothing

It’s best to keep your CV concise and direct. Employers don’t need to see an explanation of everything you have ever done. Stick to using short bullet points that list key elements that show off the skills required for the role.

3. Not tailoring your CV

You shouldn’t apply to numerous roles with the exact same CV because every opportunity is different. Instead, try to make small changes to ensure that it matches the specific role requirements. This shows an employer that you have taken to time to understand their opportunity and what is required of you.

4. Leaving out information

Try to ensure that there are no gaps in your CV as this leads an employer to start speculating what you were up to in that time and they will probably think the worst.

5. Clichés

Listing cliché skills or buzzwords like “great communicator” and “works well in a team” is pointless without backing it up with evidence, so elaborate a bit further.

6. Incorrect personal details

An employer can’t contact you if the number or email on your CV is wrong, so check and double check this!

7. Use of fluffy lines

Stating what you’re looking for or your career aims at the start of your CV is a great opening for employers, but do avoid using fluffy lines. Be more specific than just saying that you are looking for an opportunity with progression for example.

8. Too much information

Opening your CV with a sentence about your family and kids is also something that an employer doesn’t need to see. It’s not that your potential future employer doesn’t care about your family life, but more that they need to know how you will be a part of their business by looking at your CV. Just because you’re a great parent doesn’t mean you’ll be a great employee.

Avoid these common mistakes to ensure that you make the right first impression and secure an all-important interview. Good luck!

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