Top 5 mistakes people make on their CV's



It might be time to give your CV a much-needed makeover if you're sending out numerous CVs with no response.


Graduates frequently make CV errors that, while they may not seem like a big deal at the time, can significantly lower your chances of landing the job.


The following are just a few of the most typical CV errors:


1. Creating a standard CV

Typically, generic CVs are subpar CVs. A mistake is to create a CV that is one size fits all. Every application needs to be customized, so take your time. An excellent CV draws interest for the right jobs.


For every job opening, an employer has a specific set of needs and requirements. Your resume must demonstrate why you are the ideal candidate for the given position.

Typically, generic CVs are subpar CVs. A mistake is to create a CV that is one size fits all. Every application needs to be customized, so take your time. An excellent CV draws interest for the right jobs.


For every job opening, an employer has a specific set of needs and requirements. Your resume must demonstrate why you are the ideal candidate for the given position.


2. Misspellings and improper grammar

Your otherwise flawless CV could be overshadowed by a lack of attention to detail. Asking a second set of eyes to review your work and look for any final typos is always a good idea because spell-check doesn't always catch mistakes and is unable to detect misuse of incorrect words, such as when the word "diary" is spelled incorrectly as "dairy."


You can check your grammar by reading your resume aloud; if it doesn't sound right, it probably won't read well either.


3. Concentrating on tasks rather than accomplishments

Instead of reciting your job description, focus on your accomplishments. Consider effective campaigns, novel techniques, higher sales, and the specific value you added in your current and previous roles. Not every role has quantifiable KPIs, but consider the causes and instances of your impact and what you can offer your new employer.


4. Poor Formatting

One of the first things employers look for when reviewing your CV is poor formatting. It may give the impression that you don't pay close attention to detail, which may reflect poorly on you.


"Your resume represents you on paper, so make sure the design is flawless. This prevents errors and abrupt font changes in the middle of sentences, explained Rebecca Martin, a recruitment manager at Connect Assist.


There isn't much point in reading on if something is poorly formatted or if candidates don't market themselves effectively in the first few lines, according to Thomas.


Bell stated, "We're looking for CVs that are easily scannable, clean, and professional."


5. Lengthening your resume

A resume should be a brief, targeted document. You want to use it to get an interview. It does not contain a list of every position you have held or assignment you have ever completed. It serves as a marketing piece.


Most CVs shouldn't be longer than two pages.


1 page if you just graduated from college. Initial CV reviews by employers only last a few seconds, so you have to make a good first impression.


In the vain hope that something will stick, it can be all too tempting to include a lot of information. But it's up to you to choose what matters and what doesn't.



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