There is a lot at stake when writing your CV with its contents often making the difference between being put forward for a job role or not. Sometimes candidates can be very evenly matched, this is precisely when you don’t want a totally avoidable CV blunder to derail your entire application and seal the decision against you.
Here are the four of the most common CV blunders you need to avoid:
1. Spelling mistakes
Spelling mistakes are one of the most common blunders people make when writing their CV, and it is one that can be easily avoided. ‘Experience’ and ‘strategizing’ are amongst the words most commonly misspelled.
Apostrophes are another common error; again spellcheck can be used in order to help avoid mistakes. Usually made in the section including ‘Education’, the blunder often sees GCSEs written as GCSE’s, A-Levels as A-Level’s etc.
Americanisms are also an unpopular feature for some recruiters. ‘Organization’ is often used instead of ‘organisation,’ as well as ‘specialized’ and ‘humor.’ This can be a totally personal opinion, however it is best to be safe than sorry and avoid these American versions whenever possible.
The length of your CV could also be an issue impacting you negatively. A popular rule-of-thumb is that a CV should be two pages in length. However, it is the content that is most important. Your CV should be specific to the job for which you are applying. An irrelevant front page summary can be an instant binnable offence.
This goes for all irrelevant information. A swimming certificate you got when you were in primary school isn’t going to add anything to your CV, so it’s best to leave it out. Odd email addresses are also a no go, email@example.com isn’t likely to impress a potential boss.
Other things that can guarantee your CV will be discounted include ‘try hard’ designs. This can be dependent on the role you’re applying for but in the majority of cases bright colours and weird fonts aren’t going to get you anywhere.
Recruiters will often by deterred by basic CV errors as these errors evidence that desirable skills like attention to detail or communication skills are lacking. Overall there is little excuse to make many of these mistakes in this day and age given easy accessibility to spellcheck and screening tools.
So when you’re applying for your next role, make sure you don’t let yourself down at the first hurdle. Use all the tools available to you, including possibly a kind friend who can proof read your CV before you send it off and embarrass yourself.