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Guide to Job Hunting: 7 most common CV mistakes

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Applying for a new job can be daunting, especially if you have been out of work for a while or are unfamiliar with technology and uploading a CV online.

Here are seven CV dos and don’ts:

1. DON’T make your CV too long.

Many recruiters will form an opinion based on what is in the top third of the first page, so put the most relevant information first.  Two pages are more than adequate to get all your points across. You can always bespoke your CV with more relevant information once you have made the initial contact.

2. DO Use key words.

Many companies are now turning to technology to help them sift through all the applications and CVs they receive. If key words don’t appear your CV could be missed. Examples of key words would include the name of your industry (E.g. Automotive, Oil and Gas, etc), your job title (Keep it generic!) and specifics about systems or industry jargon (E.g. SAP, diesel engine, CAD, etc.)

3. DO keep personal statements short.

Research by found that recruiters preferred short personal statements and recommended that job-seekers avoid waffle such as “works well individually or as a team” at all costs. Only include it if you can be specific, if its highly relevant and if it will set you apart from the next candidate.

4.  DO deal with potential problems.

A CV is devised to help you get an interview, don’t lie on your CV but tailor it to get key info across, if you have a big gap in your employment history be prepared to explain why. Skimming over or being devious is likely to get you discounted.

5. DON’T include irrelevant content.

Information about hobbies and interests don’t need to be included unless they make you more marketable for the role (or it is your first role)

6. DON’T supply reference names on your CV.

You want to be in control of your job search, the last thing you want is a prospective employer calling your current boss.

7. DON’T make spelling or grammatical errors.

Just don’t!


Written by Cathy Richardson

January 9, 2015 at 9:46 am

Posted in Recruitment

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  1. You have to mention a powerful introduction on your resume because sales profession is results-driven profession.

    Sales CV

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