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CV writing advice: 4 things you have to avoid when writing an impressive CV
Your CV is the one chance you’ll get to impress an employer, and hopefully make them want to pick up the phone and haul you in for an interview.
There are lots of things you should include in a CV, but there are also lots of things you shouldn’t. Here are 4 things you must avoid when writing your CV if you want to get head and shoulders above the rest of your competition…
Listing tasks without performance
Writing a huge list of tasks for each of your past roles seems like the standard thing to do, but an employer is more interested in finding out how you performed. If you have a large employment history, some of which are not relevant, you should be focusing on showcasing your achievements as well as listing some of the main tasks.
Your work experience section should contain sales figures, generated revenue, examples of problem solving, promotions, and other instances of outstanding performance and achievements.
One of the most frustrating things for an employer to see on a CV is cliché statements, for example – ‘I am a great team player’, or ‘I have fantastic communication skills’. The problem with putting down these bold claims on your CV is that you are not backing up those statements with hard facts.
An employer would rather see you prove your skills with actual examples. If communication is important to the role, then you could instead say, ‘I successfully negotiated a contract worth over £350,000’.
If your presentation skills are lacking and your CV doesn’t match up to other applicants, it won’t matter how qualified you are for the role. A poor layout could make it difficult for the hiring manager to navigate your CV and find what they’re looking for.
Always consider using a ready made CV template to showcase your information, and ensure your details are displayed in the best possible way. Not only should your CV be easy to follow, it should also be easy on the eye and impress the employer with its looks as well as its quality.
Choose bad references
A common choice of reference for a CV is to go with your past managers and hope they give you a glowing review. The problem with this is that you may not be completely memorable to them, and you might also catch them off guard.
Some managers are in contact with numerous employees on a daily basis, and if you put down a reference from a job you held 10 years ago, you might end up with a very vague response.
Always contact your desired references first to make sure they are happy to provide one, and to also let them know who might be contacting them. You should also only choose someone you worked with closely, and not go for the CEO to try and show-off. A generic reference could cause the employer to become suspicious, and wonder why they are not getting a great deal of information about you.