Employers are often flooded with CVs when they advertise a new role and tend to make a quick decision on those that really stand out to them. That means simple things – like having spelling mistakes – can lead to your CV not making the shortlist for interview. With this in mind, here are 7 common CV mistakes which may be letting you down.
1.You have a poor personal statement
Your personal statement is an opportunity for you to convince the hiring manager that you’d be well suited to the job you’re applying for. Focus on describing the relevant skills, qualities and experience you have which would make you an ideal candidate for the role.
2.There are spelling and grammar mistakes
It doesn’t take very long to do a simple spell check on your CV for mistakes that you might have missed the first time around. If you don’t do this, it could give the employer a negative impression about your ability to pay attention to detail – something which is valued in any job.
3.You’ve included too much about your hobbies
Writing about your hobbies and interests is a great way to show that you’re a well-rounded person and a great team-player. However, this section shouldn’t overshadow the rest of the CV. Remember – it’s your work experience and relevant skills which will be of most interest to a potential employer.
4.You’ve put down an unprofessional email address
Make sure that you have 2 email addresses – one for emailing your friends and the other for applying for jobs. The reason? Having a funny or informal email address could give the wrong impression about you. Play it safe by setting up a professional email address (like email@example.com) that you can use for all work-related correspondence.
5.Your CV is too long
As a rule, your CV should be no longer than 2 pages in length – this is because employers tend not to have a lot of time to look through CVs. If yours is longer than this, you run the risk of employers either not reading it all the way through or missing out on important information by trying to skim through it.
6.Your CV is a non-standard format
Although it’s tempting to use fancy fonts or bright colours to make your CV stand out – stick to typefaces that are screen-friendly like Ariel, Times New Roman or Verdana. Use font size 10 or 12 and keep any text black. Avoid adding personal touches like images or borders as this could make your CV look cluttered and will not necessarily be to the employer’s taste.
7.You haven’t mentioned references
References are used by employers as reassurance that you are who you say you are. It’s common to be asked to provide two references when you apply for a new role. However, all you need to do is put ‘References available on request’ at the end of your CV. You can provide these details at a later date if you’re offered the job.
When you sit down to write your CV, try and put yourself in the employer’s shoes and think about what they’re actually looking for. That way, you’ll be able to tailor your CV specifically for the job and hopefully get your foot in the door for an interview!
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