Employers will look through hundreds of CV’s when hiring for a new position. You will want to make yours stand out, but please make sure you don’t make these mistakes.
- Spelling and Grammar mistakes.
This is incredibly important as this does not come across as very professional and the employer may skip over your CV.
- Listing a job, date, location, and job title but putting nothing about the duties completed when in this role.
You will need to elaborate on the key skills that you have gained through each job role as this will demonstrate to how you can complete various tasks.
- Sending a CV in a format that makes it difficult or impossible to open .
For example instead of sending a Word document, sending a CV saved in Microsoft Works!
- Poor formatting.
Make sure you don’t leave big gaps in your CV and make sure it is clear and easy to understand. Keep the font size and type consistent. A good font and size to use is ‘Arial – Size 12’.
- Lower case titles and names.
This may make the employer think that you have poor attention to detail, poor grammar or not computer literate.
- Try not to use generic and overused phrases.
For example: “I am a hardworking, punctual, have good communication skills and I am capable of working on my own as well as part of a team” – This should be an opening line on a personal statement, not on your CV. Try something different that honestly reflects you as a person.
- Stating your hobbies but going into no detail about them.
If you say that you like ‘Reading and Socialising’ you should elaborate by saying what you like reading and where you socialise. Little things like this make the employer more likely to invite you to an interview.
- Having a 12 page long CV.
Keep your CV short and concise. It is likely that the employer is going to have to look through a lot of CV’s, so they will not want to read through a 12 page CV. As a rule, try to keep it to no more than 2 pages.
- Candidates missing out extra information that could be very useful.
For example: that they speak other languages, that they have a driving licence, that they are first aid/Health and Safety/food hygiene or otherwise trained – depending on the job this information is key.
- Forgetting to add contact information.
If you send someone a CV in the hope of them inviting you for an interview, make sure you have added a means of them to get in touch with you. A phone number would be best for this.