11 CV Writing Mistakes – That Should Never Be Made

In a tough and highly competitive jobs market, you need to ensure your CV stands out from the crowd.

Take a few moments to check and see if your resume lets you down before you get a chance of an interview. Take a look at these common CV writing mistakes;

simply avoiding these could dramatically improve the first impressions generated by your CV.

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11 things to avoid when writing your CV

8 Under no circumstances should you lie on your CV, honesty really is always the best policy. Employers will almost always vet and verify your credentials, so if you mislead a potential employer, you will inevitably lose out in the end.

 

8 Don’t be negative, humorous or make sarcastic comments. Your CV is your sales and marketing brochure, always be positive and keep it professional.

8 Never mention if you have been head-hunted from a previous employer. Your ego may have been inflated at the time but it may not impress a potential employer as much as you might like to think. Why? You do not want to give your potential employer the impression that you are someone that is easily enticed away; question marks a

m y arise on your

commitment and loyalty as an employee. If you were tempted once, you may be tempted again.

 

8 Always avoid listing reasons for leaving previous jobs. There is absolutely no reason to include them within your CV. If asked at interview however, be prepared with credible answers. Rather than mentioning negative factors such as pay or personality clashes, try to prepare answers that reflect positively on your character and suitability for the job.

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8 Including salary details for previous positions is a definite no-no. You could undersell, or even out price yourself out of a potential job opportunity. Besides, salaries and packages are commonly discussed at 2nd interview stage.

 

8 Avoid writing pages and pages of unnecessary detail and cluttering your CV. You might think it’s relevant or important, but the reader d es not h

o

ave that much time. Try and stick

to 2 pages and only include the skills, experience and achievements which are most relevant to the vacancy you are applying for.

 

8 Paragraphs are far too l negthy and wordy to be used in CVs (apart from within your CV Personal Profile section). Help recruiters and employers find information quickly by using short, sharp, punchy and descriptive bullet points to summarise t e

h details.

 

8 Never use comic, gothic or any other type of unusual fonts.

If you want to be taken seriously, keep it simple and professional.

 

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or

Don’t use colour, coloured text

flowery borders on your

  1. Stick to black text with plenty of white spaces. Light grey shading may be used, but only sparingly.

 

8 Never include a picture unless you are applying to become a model. You may remind your potential employer of someone they know which could prejudice their selection decisions against you.

 

8 Your CV should never be rushed. In order to write an impressive CV you must invest several hours to achieve the best results. A 10-minute half-hearted attempt will only produce poor results. Ensure you repeatedly edit your CV, meticulously checking spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Beware of solely relying on computer spell-check programs.

Always try to get a second opinion from a friend or family member.

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