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Top 5 CV Mistakes

Not to make...

 

 

 

#5 An unprofessional email address

Yes this may seem like pulling straws, but this is a major pet peeve of employers. If your email address happens to LazySod@... (this email does exist) the most you’ll ever get from an employer is a confused stare.

For your own sake, make another email…

 

#4 Messy CV

The average employer will spend 5-10 seconds reading your CV, before deciding whether or not to invest more time into it. A messy, unstructured CV will only shorten that time.

It’s in both of your interests to have a neat, well presented CV which is easy on the eyes.

 

#3 Lack of education

It may seem unfair, but employers usually tie your education in with your work ethics. “If you can’t do well in school/college, you won’t be able to do well in a job” is the general mentality. But who can blame them? For the majority, that statement holds true.

Investing some time into learning a new skill or even going back into education will greatly benefit your CV. Not for the qualification itself, but for the recognition that you have the dedication to complete a lengthy course and learn new skills.

 

#2 Boring use of the English language

Long, boring explanations and descriptions used a thousand times over are deal breakers. Put yourself in the employer’s shoes. They read a hundred CV’s in one night, all of them say “great leadership skills” and “Good communicator”. Your one is no different from the last 87. Do you think they’ll choose your CV?

Employers want CV’s to be short, concise and “to the point”. Using dynamic, mesmerising and invigorating language also helps to keep their interest.

 

#1 Bad spelling

This is the foundation. The core. The bread and butter of the CV. An employer may be forgiving for a few mistakes here and there, maybe it’s not quite as neat or impressive as he would like, although it’s still acceptable. But one or two spelling mistakes is all it takes for them to cast your CV into the abyss (probably a desk draw or something).

The best way to avoid this is to simply check your CV! Get someone else to proof read it and check it again… and again… and again.

Trust me, you don’t want to find out you missed several job opportunities because you put in your CV “Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year.”


Posted on 10th Sep 14

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