The two biggest mistakes you’re making on your CV
Creating a fantastic CV is one of the most important aspects of getting a job, and with literally hundreds of applications being sent per role you have to stay on top of the competition to stand any chance of getting an interview.
Here are the two biggest mistakes made when writing a CV and how to avoid them…
Always tailor the CV to each role
Most people write a generic CV which isn’t focused on a specific role, and is only written from the perspective of showcasing skills, qualifications and experience. What’s wrong with that right?
The problem with this is that often you’ll find that the hiring manager has to search within the CV to find what they are looking for. By tailoring your CV to each role you apply for you will make life much easier for them and give yourself the very best chance of standing out from the crowd.
Use keywords from the job advert
One of the best ways to tailor your CV to the job is to use the adverts. More specifically, use the keywords from the advert itself. What is important to the employer? Is it a certain qualification? Is it experience? Is it great leadership skills?
Search through your own set of skills and knowledge and highlight what appears to be important to the employer and use the same keywords and phrases where possible. This will instantly get the attention of the reader and make it easier for them to see that you’re the right person for the job.
Have your CV proofread by a professional
Simply using your own keen eye and a spell checker is not going to be enough if you want to 100% guarantee that your CV is free of spelling or grammatical errors. It’s also always nice to have a second opinion on the quality and quantity of your CV to ensure it meets the standards required.
There are paid services on the internet that you can use, however we would also recommend contacting a friend or colleague that you trust to provide you honest and candid feedback. Specifically someone who either works or has worked as a manager in the same role/industry as you are applying for.
Once you have located someone who has lots of experience in writing and reading CV’s, ask them to not only proofread it for spelling/grammatical errors but to also give you their honest opinion on how it reads – as well as presentation and layout.
Finally, once you’ve revised your CV send it back to them for one final check-up. There may be something you’ve stilled missed or other errors, and it’s always worth a second look to guarantee it’s ready to be sent.