3 mistakes to avoid on your CV
With so much competition in the job market, it’s essential to get every application you make right first time. After all, as the saying goes, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression! So what are the most common mistakes people make on their CV? Here are our top clangers to avoid:
- Spelling – yes, you’ve heard it a thousand times, but those sneaky little spelling and grammatical errors could cost you an interview for your dream job. Don’t rely on the spell checker – it simply won’t pick up a lot of errors, such as using the wrong word or missing words out altogether. Get a number of professional people to give your CV the once over before it goes to any important would-be employer.
- Inappropriate photos (no, we don’t mean THAT kind of inappropriate!) Candidates seem to have a very different opinion of what makes a good CV photo, in contrast with recruiters. One example is adding a photo in which you’re wearing shades (yes, we genuinely have seen this recently). Another example we’ve seen (often) is relaxed and casual photos where the candidate is hanging out with their friends. A further horrifying example is where the candidate appears straight faced, passport style. If you’re going to add a photo to your CV, make sure you’re wearing professional clothes and you appear on a neutral background or you’re sat in the office. Look at the camera and smile gently in a confident and reassuring way. Ask other professionals for their honest opinion of the photo you just took, before you use it.
- TMI – you’ve heard the saying “too much info” – make sure this doesn’t apply to your CV! Don’t include anything that could give prospective employers a reason to discriminate against you (for example, marital status, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation and so on). Although this should never happen, it still does – and it could cost you that all important interview. The only personal info that needs to go on your CV is your name, address and contact info. The exception to this is where the job advert specifies that a certain gender is required and they are permitted to do so by law because of the nature of the job.