Four CV mistakes and how to avoid them
Director of CV Writers, Neville Rose, shares insight into common mistakes that people tend to make on their CV and what you can do to avoid falling foul of the traps
13 January 2020
Making mistakes is a perfectly natural part of life and how we learn to get better at things. It is in repeating the same mistakes where we need to review and take a closer look at the things we are doing wrong. So, if you have been applying for jobs and getting little positive response, it may be time to reassess what you are doing. Here are four key reasons why your CV may not be working as well as it could.
Using one generic CV
Some job seekers use the same version of their CV to apply for every role. This can lead to frustration when, despite making many applications, it yields only poor response rates. The requirements for jobs – even with the same job title – can be different, this is why it is important to tailor your CV for every application. Spending more time on fewer applications generally pays better dividends than the scatter gun approach and using one generic CV.
Spending more time on fewer applications generally pays better dividends than the scatter gun approach and using one generic CV
Not being proactive
Successful job seekers will proactively manage their applications. It can be very tempting to simply upload your CV to several job boards and then kick back and relax, safe in the thought you are now going to be contacted by lots of potential employers. If this happens then great. However, you will be much more successful in using all channels – word of mouth, recruitment agencies, company websites and job boards to give yourself the best chance of success.
Copying and pasting job descriptions
Some job seekers simply recite a list of duties and responsibilities for their role. Worse still is when we see information literally copied and pasted from a job description. This creates a very dry and impersonal CV. Every job you have should tell its own story. Even more important is to show the success you have created, so present your achievements and allow the reader to understand how good you are at your job.
It is estimated that 50% of CVs contain typographical errors. It’s incredible to think that this can still be the case
Not proof-reading your CV
It is estimated that 50% of CVs contain typographical errors. It’s incredible to think that this can still be the case. However, you should see how many CVs still read driving license when it should be licence. The problem is over reliance with online spell checks. These do not pick up every mistake. If you read the same document over and over, you become blind to errors within it. The solution: get someone else to proof-read your CV.
An additional tip
Overly designed CVsThere are 100s of CV templates available on the web that use all kinds of graphic features and colours to lead you to believe that this is what makes an effective CV. However, don’t be fooled by overly designed CVs. These often come at the cost of sufficient space for the content. The design of a CV should act as a backdrop to allow the content – what you write – to take centre stage. A decision on calling you for an interview will be made on reading your CV, not on whether you have your initials embossed within a fancy logo.
CV Writers offers people seeking a new role access to a CV writing service, as well as support with LinkedIn profiles, cover letters and more. They provide a Free CV review service via their website.
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