CV mistakes! Get your cv mistakes here!
So, you’ve found a job (or jobs) that you’d like to apply for and now you need to tidy up and amend your CV! To help you out, I’ve put together a quick list of CV mistakes that you must avoid if you want a chance of securing an interview (and maybe even a job!), enjoy:
1. Do you know your ABC’s? – constantly check your grammar and spelling when compiling your CV! If your CV is full of these kinds of mistakes, it shows Mr or Mrs Hiring Manager that you don’t really care and will INSTANTLY put them off contacting you. Read it out loud, or get someone to check it for you! It helps! As well, download a tool called Grammarly; I’ve had this installed on my work PC for about a year and a half now and use it on a daily basis (I’m using it for this post!), I can’t live without it!
2. Turn into a format-esaurus – save your CV in an easy to open file type (Word – standard .doc, PDF, plain text); there’s nothing more annoying for an employer than having to convert an Applicants CV! Also, don’t use multiple fonts and sizes, keep it plain and simple – this CV fonts / formats infographic provides some very useful insights as to what you should and shouldn’t use.
3. Change is for the better – aka “one size fits all” – try to make small changes and amendments here and there to match the role that you’re applying for. For example, if you are applying for a Project Management vacancy which requires experience within a Construction environment and management of sub-contractors, and you know that you’ve done that before, then get it in there!
4. Using an inappropriate email address – believe it or not, in the short time I’ve been here, I’ve seen a load of unsuitable / inappropriate email addresses for jobs I’ve advertised (I won’t go into them). Please, don’t use your “firstname.lastname@example.org” address. It takes just a couple of minutes to set a new address with a service like Gmail, it’s worth it!
5. (once again) Keywords, keywords, keywords!!!! – I mentioned this in
Tuesdays “Your LinkedIn Profile, Your Second CV” post (which I would highly recommend reading – it’s a masterpiece) and it’s also extremely relevant to your CV! If you don’t already know how modern job boards work, it’s all to do with the keywords that are in a candidate’s CV. We (as Recruiters) type in the keywords and skills that the client is looking for and the CV’s appear! So (for example) if you’re a Mechanical Design / CAD Engineer who is proficient using Solidworks, AutoCAD Mechanical, DesignSpark and IsoDraw, then get them in!
I hope that this article has given you some useful tips; good luck writing your optimised new CV!